Caregiver Webinar Series: How can virtual reality be used as a training tool for caregivers

Speaker: Mary Chiu

In this webinar, Mary will facilitate an informed discussion, to explore barriers and facilitators as aging adults engage in digital technology, and particularly, in Virtual Reality interactions. She will also share preliminary learning from a multi-year Research & Development initiative called “Dementia Caregivers Skills-Training through Virtual Reality Simulation (VR-SIM Carers)”. The VR-SIM Carers initiative aims to engage caregivers, aging adults and community partners in the design, development and testing of an innovative skills-building and training platform for dementia caregivers to safely immerse in a VR environment, to practice different skills that are instrumental in the caregiver role e.g. communication, navigating relational issues, managing expressive behaviours, asking right questions to care professionals.

Caregiver Webinar Series: Rethinking Drinking

Speaker: Marilyn White-Campbell

In light of the Canadian Center on Substance Use’s recent launch of Canadas New guidance on alcohol use we will discuss our relationship to alcohol including
• Low risk drinking guidelines
• No risk drinking guidelines
• Options for the sober curious
• Making informed and healthy choices on alcohol use in later life knowing the facts.
• How to support someone with problematic alcohol use who has dementia

Caregiver Webinar Series: Dementia Risk Reduction: Evidence & Plans for the Kimmel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness

At least 40% of dementia cases worldwide could be eliminated through modifiable lifestyle changes.” This month’s presenter, Nicole Anderson will review the evidence for dementia risk factors, both nonmodifiable and modifiable. Participants will hear about plans for the Kimmel Family Centre for Brain Health and Wellness, the world’s first research-driven community centre that will provide and evaluate the efficacy of personalized dementia risk reduction programming.