The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex thanks the Art Emporium of Port Stanley for its fundraising event "Artists for Alzheimer's". Proceeds from the event's art auction will be donated to help fund programs and services ASLM provides to the community.
On April 18th the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex as the recipient of a $151,300 grant. This generous three year grant will be used to deliver programs and services in rural areas around London and Middlesex helping to close the dementia programs and services gap rural areas experience. The funding will grow programs and services currently in place, such as the popular Memory Cafes, that provide support and educational services to rural communities within London and Middlesex.
After 11 years as CEO of the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, Betsy Little is retiring. As part of the celebration of her impending retirement, a gathering of community partners, friends, donors and stakeholders was was held Thursday, April 20th.
"When he forgot my name, he started calling me Curly ... it was funny but sad too." Sam Joseph, a local 11 year old boy, donated half of his birthday money to help Alzheimer Society clients and to honour his grandfather. This heartwarming letter he wrote is sure to brighten your day. Thank you Sam!
The Ontario Brain Institute is presenting a free public talk to discuss “Dementia Beyond Alzheimer’s”. The speakers are all a part of the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) and include Dr. Elizabeth Finger from the Lawson Health Research Institute, Dr. Mander Jog from the London Health Sciences Centre and Dr. J.B. Orange from Western University.
The Chinese Canadian National Council has selected the Alzheimer Society as Charity Partner for the 2017 Dragon Gala ...
Trish West a London playwright is premiering her play about dementia, Mrs. Cransen in April, 2017. The play, as well as an accompanying art exhibition, is a fundraising initiative to support the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex. As the playwright and producer of the art exhibition, Trish is looking for art to fill the gallery space of her upcoming exhibition.
As the Chairs of the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex and the Alzheimer Foundation London and Middlesex, we are announcing the retirement of our CEO, Betsy Little, effective April 1, 2017. The Alzheimer Society has seen an unprecedented expansion in our region’s dementia rates during Betsy’s tenure. Her leadership over the last decade has been instrumental in the organization’s’ meeting the challenge of that growth.
The Intergenerational Choir Project collaboration receives a Pillar Nonprofit Network Community Innovation Award
This Sunday, CBC will be airing a documentary on our Intergenerational Choir Program, as a nation-wide broadcast. The documentary is set to air just after the 10am news on the Sunday Edition (which begins at 9am).
Ontario is investing $761,500 in the Alzheimer Society of Ontario's Finding Your Way program to help improve training and reach more people who come into contact with persons affected by dementia. The Finding Your Way program is a multicultural safety campaign that helps people with dementia stay safe and active, while helping to prevent the risk of wandering and going missing. The program's training services will be enhanced this year to include first-responders as well as supportive housing and retirement homes staff.
Over the past decade, Ontario’s health care system has improved significantly with reduced hospital wait times, improved access to primary care, and more care for people at home. However, there are still a number of areas where we need to do more. To address these areas, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released its “Patients First: Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario” discussion paper in December 2015. Attend one of five sessions where the South West LHIN will provide an overview of the proposal, and gather feedback on the proposed changes that are outlined in the discussion paper.
The Alzheimer Society would like to gather broad input on the priorities that should be part of Ontario’s Dementia Strategy. The survey is live now, and will close on February 1, 2016.
Elder abuse, especially incidents that occur in long-term care settings, continues to be a taboo that has remained underestimated and ignored. Evidence is accomulating, however, that is indicating that elder abuse is an important public health and societal problem. The following article has been taken directly from the Globe and Mail, highlighting the need for Ontario to take action against violence occuring in long-term care homes. *** The victim was an 86-year-old woman, her assailant a 75-year-old man.
On November 9, 2015, Parlimentary Assistant to the Minister of Health- Indira Naidoo-Harris- and 5 other Ministry Officals came to the Society to meet with ervice providers, health professionals, people with dementia and care partners.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is holding roundtables in certain locations across the province to begin gathering information for the initial policy paper for Ontario’s Dementia Strategy. This is one of several engagement opportunities happening over the next 12 months. The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex is aiming to facilitate the engagement of people with dementia and care partners in this process as much as possible.
The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex had a very busy summer. For starters the FHSC Memory Clinic officially launched on June 8th with immense success! The Memory Clinic is an exciting partnership between the Four Counties Family Health Team and FCHS with additional support provided by the Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex. . The purpose of the clinic to is screen for all types of dementia (Alzheimer’s, vascular, mixed, frontal-temporal) using a holistic approach.
Please find below an email from Johan Vos, Deputy Executive Director at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), from October 2, 2015, announcing the signing of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) agreement on dementia.
This past May, a bill for a National Dementia Strategy was voted down by a single vote in the House of Commons on. Last week, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair announced $40 million in support of a National Dementia Strategy. Right now, Canada is the only G7 nation without a National Dementia Strategy, even though it pledged last year alongside other G8 countries —the group at the time included Russia — to find a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by 2025. Please find below an article by Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada entitled: "Federal election 2015: Time for a national dementia strategy", to read more about why a National Dementia Strategy is important to address this campaign season.
Researchers at the Centre for Mental Health Addiction and the University of Toronto are looking for care partners to fill out their online survey.Researchers are hoping to develop an online survey to learn about the benefits and challenges of caregiving. This information will help inform health care decision-making in Ontario, with the goal of improving caregiver supports and services. Participants are asked to help test this survey.
The Foundation of the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex Supports Two Western Students' Research
It’s the most common type of dementia – accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada – and yet, Alzheimer’s is a tricky disease to diagnose because it differs from person to person. Take Jennifer Au’s grandparents for example. Four years ago, the couple was simultaneously diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a progressive, degenerative brain disease, despite exhibiting completely distinct symptoms. Her grandfather suffered memory loss, while her grandmother experienced mood and emotional changes. It is this personal experience with the many faces of Alzheimer’s that led Jennifer, a 25-year-old master of science candidate at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, to immerse herself in Alzheimer’s research and volunteer with clients of the Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex through cooking and art classes.
As Ontario’s population ages, the health system must change to accommodate unprecedented demand. Though transition is always challenging, clients overwhelmingly prefer services to be provided within their own homes and communities. It is often non-profit providers that are most qualified to step up and meet these needs. To be clear, our non-profit member organizations have decades of experience delivering not only home care, but also vital community support services including respite, transportation and Meals on Wheels, to name just a few. They engage with thousands of volunteers, are deeply rooted in their communities, and have earned the trust of the individuals they serve. Not only does increasing their responsibility decrease costs to the health system, it is also in the best interest of clients.
As you may already be aware, the government has announced plans to appoint its first Patient Ombudsman. The Patient Ombudsman will assist patients and their caregivers who have not had their concerns resolved through existing processes at hospitals, long-term care homes or community care access centres. Tell the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care what makes a great Patient Ombudsman. Ontarians are able to fill out a brief feedback form where they can identify the skills, experience and personality traits they would value most in a Patient Ombudsman.
Benjamin slouches way down in his chair, Drawn in and quiet- persistent blank stare. George always tries all the doors to get out, Those hours of walking- he'll never get stout. Margo is younger, confused all the same, She can't quite remember her first daughter's name.
Your Health System, a groundbreaking web tool created by theCanadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) on how health systems across the country compare with one another, has released 9 new performance indicators from the long-term care (LTC) sector, which includes more than 1,000 nursing homes and other LTC facilities. This is the first time that CIHI has made LTC indicators publicly available at the level of individual residences. The new indicators measure the safety, quality of life and general health of LTC residents, and are calculated at the national, provincial/territorial, regional and facility levels. “The integration of the LTC indicators into the Your Health System web tool represents a major milestone in measuring the health care performance in this growing sector,” said CIHI’s president and CEO, David O’Toole. “We have worked collaboratively with organizations across Canada to set data standards, collect their health data and analyze it, so that each facility, region and province can learn from one another to improve the quality of care being delivered to residents.”
1 million Dementia Friends wanted. Are you in? Alzheimer Society and Government of Canada launch Dementia Friends Canada Biggest-ever campaign to tackle stigma and build awareness The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex, alongside other provincial and local Alzheimer Societies across the country, is seeking one million Dementia Friends. Are you ready to join? Canadians from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups are needed as Dementia Friends to help reduce the stigma and misinformation. You can help Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias stay connected to their communities and live as well as possible. Living with dementia comes with good days and bad but the most challenging part is the stigma behind it. Canadians with dementia often feel labelled, dismissed and cut off from friends - even their families.
June 15 is recognized globally as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every day, many elderly parents and grandparents are being abused by the people they trust the most- but this isn't something that is talked about often. In fact, one in five Canadians believes they know of a senior who might be experiencing some form of abuse. Abuse can happen to anyone, in any family or relationship. It can happen to people of all backgrounds, ages, religions, races, cultures and ethnic origins. That is why Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex is delighted to be joining the conversation by supporting Elder Abuse London Middlsesex with their Empowerment and Education Day. The event is on Monday, June 15th (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day) from 8am-4pm.
For Families Affected by Dementia; Your Chance to Speak. To support the implementation of better home and community care for clients and patients, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is asking residents for feedback on improving home and community services and how they could support residents in the future. The funding arm in South Western Ontario of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the South West LHIN, has developed a survey (links below) asking a single question: What is the most important thing that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care could do to improve home and community care for you?
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has tasked an expert group to make recommendations on ways to improve home and community care in Ontario. Please take time to fill out the survey and let your voice be heard.
For those with Alzheimer’s disease, words may be lost but art continues to speak volumes. The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM) is pleased to present Exhibit “A”, an exhibit running from October 15 to October 18 and showcasing work created by clients with early to mid-stage dementia. A feature of the exhibition is a special collaborative piece that was created last year by clients working alongside well known London artist, Thelma Rosner
Current legislation on power of attorney and substitute decision-makers is difficult to understand and can lead to bitter family disputes, says commission seeking public input on reform.
Inspired by the success seen in the U.S. from people with dementia using iPods, the Alzheimer Society of Toronto has launched its own iPod project to help enhance quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregivers.