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Tuesday, May 18   |   Thursday, June 17   |   Wednesday, July 14

August 17 & 19   |   Wednesday, September 8   |   Wednesday, October 20

Thursday, November 18   |   Tuesday, December 7   |   Tuesday, January 25

Wednesday, February 9   |   Thursday, March 10


Tuesday, May 18 | 6:30 to 8 pm

Resilience in the Face of a Pandemic: Practical Strategies for the Health and Wellbeing of Caregivers

In this presentation, the concepts of burnout, the stress cycle, resilience and self-compassion will all be introduced. Through an exploration of the current research on these topics and an engaging self-examination, participants will learn practical strategies to unlock the stress cycle and discover how to embrace their perfect imperfections with kindness.

Sienna Caspar, PhD, CTRS, Associate Professor, Therapeutic Recreation, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB


Thursday, June 17 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

How Do We Restore our Collaborative Relationship with Families?

Do you ever feel stuck between families’ concerns and policies that are implemented for everyone’s well-being? Or feel helpless because you can’t assist them in a way they want you to? Positive relationships with families help us accomplish our work with a little bit more ease, but challenges brought on by COVID may have eroded these relationships. How do we restore relationships for the benefit of the person with dementia, the families and ourselves as healthcare partners? Learn tips and strategies for successful communication and collaboration with families.

Ginette Abraham, BSW, MSW, RSW, Instructor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB




Wednesday, July 14 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

Communication and Dementia: Detective Work and Improv Skills

Dementia makes communication a challenge at the best of times, and a pandemic doesn’t help. This session will review principles of communicating with people living with dementia and touch on some of the added obstacles we have faced in the last year. Recognizing that a little detective work and some creative expression may be required, we will explore communication strategies for a difficult time in one’s life and a difficult time in history.

Terri Bowser, RN, BN, Regional Educator, Rehabilitation, Healthy Aging and Seniors Care, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg, MB


Tuesday, August 17 & Thursday, August 19 | 1 to 4 pm

Dementia Care Education

In these two half-day workshops, learn the basics of dementia and dementia care. We will discuss:

  • important skills and strategies for day-to-day care that will help you to:
  • prevent or reduce responsive behaviours
  • successfully interact with people with dementia
  • de-escalate situations that may occur
  • brain changes in dementia and how they affect communication, judgment and decision-making, making it necessary for caregivers to change their approach to persons with dementia
  • the cognitive changes of dementia (7As of dementia) and how these brain changes affect the life of a person with dementia

Jennifer Vicente-Licardo, Education Manager, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
Heather Hiscock,
Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba




Wednesday, September 8 | 2 to 3 pm

It’s Time to Talk about Advance Care Planning

In the midst of a global pandemic, it has never been more important for health care professionals to become comfortable with initiating and promoting advance care planning conversations. Join us to learn more about advance care planning and substitute decision making. You’ll receive insight and resources on starting the process, and you’ll learn how to incorporate planning into your practice.


Andrew Saunderson, BSW, MSW, RSW, Advance Care Planning Social Worker;Cari Borenko, BSW, RSW, Lead Advance Care Planning; Laura Gaspard, BSW, MSW, RSW, Advance Care Planning Social Worker; Randy Goossen, BSW, MSW, RSW, Advance Care Planning Social Worker, Fraser Health, Burnaby, BC


Wednesday, October 20 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

Neurologic Music Therapy and Dementia: Integrating Ideas and Strategies to Support Day to Day Care

This live interactive event will introduce health care partners to Neurologic Music Therapy. You’ll discover techniques within this practice that are relevant for use with people living with dementia and that focus on such areas as orientation, arousal, memory, attention and mood. Case study examples and videos across early, middle and end-stage dementia will show how strategies and approaches can be practically applied in real situations, such as using music in personal care.

Elizabeth Nightingale, Neuro Services Lead, Neurologic Music Therapist, MATADOC Assessor, Chiltern Music Therapy, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK




Thursday, November 18 | 6:30 to 8 pm

Improving Hands-on Skills for Providing Care

The goal of this session is for learners to have improved care interactions with those living with dementia. Teepa will address awareness and methods for improving hands-on skills of dementia caregiving. She’ll demonstrate a variety of physical techniques and cuing strategies to facilitate care interactions. As well, she’ll focus on communication strategies, with an emphasis on connecting emotionally with the person living with dementia. The progression of dementia will also be discussed.

Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Positive Approach® to Care, Efland, North Carolina, USA


Tuesday, December 7 | 2 to 3 pm

Dementia, Alcohol, Nicotine Dependence and Transitions to Long Term Care

Approaches for older adults with dementia and alcohol use or nicotine dependence in community and long-term care will be explored. Learn to distinguish between addiction and substance use in the context of dementia, including how to support individuals with dementia who may have problematic alcohol or tobacco use. The session will discuss approaches to supporting harm reduction, safe tapering or cessation as part of the plan when transitioning to long term care.

Marilyn White-Campbell, Geriatric Addiction Specialist BSO, Behaviour Support for Seniors Program, Baycrest, Toronto, ON




Tuesday, January 25 | 10:30 to 11:30 am

Aphasia, Dementia and Communication

Program clinicians from the Westman Aphasia Inc. (WAI) will explore the following:

  • aphasia and its connection with dementia
  • the neurology of aphasia 
  • the impact of aphasia 
  • an introduction to Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) 
  • resources and the role of WAI

Brenda Rust, MA, SLP (C) and Glenda Gandza, MD (retired), Program Clinicians, Westman Aphasia Inc., Brandon, MB


Wednesday, February 9 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Supporting Each Other During Times of Grief

We all experience grief, both as professionals and in our personal lives, but COVID -19 has brought more grief than ever before. During this pandemic, many people have experienced tremendous loss of a family member or friend, a job, a routine, a hobby. In this session, you’ll learn why it’s important to talk about grief and our losses, as well as ways we can support one another.

Susan Cadell, PhD, RSW, Professor, School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON




Thursday, March 10 | 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Does Medication Have a Role in Managing Responsive Behaviours in Dementia?

In this session, Dr. Campbell will answer and discuss the following questions:

  • Is there ever a need for the use of antipsychotics in dementia care? If so, what and when?
  • Are there symptoms or behaviour changes that respond to medications?
  • What is the role of frontline staff when providing care to a person who is prescribed with antipsychotic or other medications?
  • What are the changes that should be monitored or flagged in a person who is taking these medications?
  • If any of these medications are not safe, what are the alternatives?

Barry Campbell, MD, FRCPC, Geriatric Psychiatry, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB



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