CABHI Spark Program Recipients 2017

The following is a list of the recipients of the CABHI Spark Funding Program.

Recipient Name

Host Organization

Project Title


Dr. Howard Abrams

University Health Network, Toronto, ON

Prescribing VR (Virtual Reality)

Aging at home

Renee Climans

Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON

The Road to Connection: Combined Model of Caregiver Support and Arts Engagement for Care Recipients


Aging at home

Einat Danieli

The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer Support and Training, Sinai Health System Toronto, ON

Dementia Talk App


Note: This project is funded in part by a grant from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s Community Investment Program

Aging at home

Dr. Hillel Finestone; Dr.  Lisa Sheehy; Dr. Heidi Sveistrup; Dr. Frank Knoefel

Bruyere Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON

An innovative home-based virtual reality training program for individuals with mild cognitive impairment

Aging at home

Dr. Linda Lee

Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, Kitchener, ON

Positive Risk Management

Aging at home

William Leung

Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Scarborough, ON

Play Intervention for Dementia (PID): A Caregiver’s Resource

Aging at home

Dr. Sandra McKay

VHA Home HealthCare,

Toronto, ON

Virtual Calm: Using VR Videos to Reduce Dementia Distress

Aging at home

Marilyn Reed

Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON

Toronto HEARS (Hearing Equality through Accessible Research and Solutions): Community-based hearing program for at-risk seniors

Aging at home

Lacey Sheng

The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Ottawa, ON

Making therapeutic recreation available to seniors through a multi-media interactive model

Aging at home

Kimberley Smith

Providence Health Care, Vancouver BC

Cover and Comfort Wrap

Aging at home

Dr. Richard Sztramko

GERAS institute, St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON

iGeriCare: Online resources on dementia from your geriatrician

Aging at home

Paul Yost

Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, London, ON

Rural Support for Care Partners for People with Dementia

Aging at home

Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy

Nova Scotia Health Authority, Nova Scotia, CA

The Fountain of Health Initiative Clinical Tools & App Feasibility Study

Cognitive Fitness

Deana Huntsbarger

Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic, Peterborough, ON

Mindfulness Interventions for Caregivers of Patient’s with Alzheimer’s Disease

Cognitive Fitness

Dr. Kelly Murphy

Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON

Optimizing health outcomes for older adults at risk of dementia

Cognitive Fitness

Todd Tran PhD(c)

Women’s College Hospital, Toronto, ON

12-Weeks Brain Fitness Training Program

Cognitive Fitness

Jennifer Donovan

York Care Centre, Fredericton NB

Development of Process for Polypharmacy Management and reduction

ER avoidance

Dr. Joanne Ho

Schlegel Villages, Waterloo, ON

GeriMedRisk, a Scalable Geriatric Pharmacology Consultation Service to Prevent Adverse Drug Events among Seniors: A Pilot Study

ER avoidance

Dr. Andrea Iaboni

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON

A mobile application for direct behavioural observation in dementia

ER avoidance

Catherine Kohm

Fraser Heath Authority, Surrey, BC

Avoiding Hospitalizations for Long Term Care Residents: the PREVIEW-ED© eTool

ER avoidance

Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON

Improving Care for Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia.

ER avoidance

Dr. Jacques Lee

Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON

Preventing Emergency Department Visits by Identifying People with Unrecognized Dementia

ER avoidance


Raquel Meyer & Jennifer Reguindin

Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON

SOS! A Gamified App to Improve Early Detection of Acute Deterioration Associated with Unnecessary Emergency Hospitalization in the Frail Elderly

ER avoidance

Ryan Sneath

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, Winnepeg, MA

Using home visits by community paramedics to reduce ambulance and ER use by older adults with dementia

ER avoidance

Sheelagh Willett

William Osler Health System, Brampton, ON

Comprehensive Geriatric Management of LTC Residents with BPSD

ER avoidance & Aging at home

Juliet Batke

Providence Health Care

Vancouver, BC

illuminAID: Lighting for fall prevention

Falls prevention

Bill McIlroy and Don Cowan

Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON

Toolkit for Assessing Human Balance and Mobility

Falls prevention

Teresa Lee

Bruyere Continuing Care, Ottawa, ON

Intelligent mobile and web-based alerts application to help detect and prevent falls in the long-term care setting

Falls prevention

Abby Malott

Stonebridge Community Services, Tillsonburg, ON

Stronger at Home

Falls prevention

Tammy Retalic

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston, MA

Leveraging Bed/Chair Alarm Removal for Falls Prevention

Falls prevention

Vepeson Wijeyakulasingam

Assistive Technology Clinic, Toronto, ON

The LASER WALK to improve mobility and prevent falls using visual cueing

Falls prevention