ln honour of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, CABHI will feature new content each week over the month of January.
Every January, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month draws attention to the impact Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have on individuals, families, and communities. With over 700,000 Canadians currently living with dementia, and the number expected to climb to 1.4 million by 2031 (World Health Organization), there’s a need for educational resources to inform and support those living with dementia and their caregivers.
In this week’s post, the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), powered by Baycrest, features five CABHI-supported companies and projects providing these invaluable resources.
iGeriCare is an award-winning dementia education program developed by experts in geriatrics, mental health, and online learning. It offers valuable information to newly diagnosed individuals with dementia or mild cognitive disorder, their families, caregivers, and health care providers.
Trualta provides training and support tools, conveyed through bite-sized video clips, to help family caregivers build the skills they need to assist loved ones in continuing to live at home safely. Video topics include managing challenging behaviours such as wandering and lowering the risk of falls, which can be especially dangerous for individuals living with dementia.
Driving & Dementia Roadmap
The Driving and Dementia Roadmap, a first-of-its-kind, free, online resource empowers older adults living with dementia to make informed decisions about when to stop driving. Researchers from Baycrest, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) developed the roadmap to bring together information, videos, worksheets, and other materials to help navigate the decision in a way that honours the individual while involving their family or close community.
PairingCare is a dementia homecare platform through which individuals living with dementia and their caregivers can connect directly with professional homecare providers. With PairingCare, individuals can benefit from a wide selection of homecare providers and vice-versa. The platform can be used collaboratively to optimize the dementia journey in various healthcare settings.
Leap: Brain Talks with Dr. Larissa McKetton
Leap is CABHI’s virtual innovation community for older adults and caregivers. Each month, members can watch the monthly webinar Brain Talk where Dr. Larissa McKetton (Director of Scientific and Clinical Development at Cogniciti Inc.) shares the latest research findings about ways to maintain and improve brain health. You can sign up for Leap at cabhi.com/leap to participate in these webinars or watch previously recorded sessions.