Webinar Discussion Series: Community Dementia Care and Support

Innovations supporting people living with dementia and care partners closer to home

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. There are more than 419,000 people living in Canada aged 65 years and older diagnosed with dementia, with more than 460,000 care partners supporting them.1 

For people living with dementia, living well means living independently for as long as possible.

Working together with partners, we have identified emerging and demonstrated innovations2 that have improved early diagnosis, and enhanced coordination and navigation of community supports for people with dementia, their families and caregivers.

CFHI is hosting a webinar series to profile, discuss and help determine the feasibility of innovations that can improve dementia diagnosis in primary care and provide post diagnostic support.

The innovations being shared are aligned with the recommendations outlined in Canada’s national dementia strategy report, A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire.

Upcoming Webinars

March 9, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (ET)
Webinar 8: PC DATA

Panelists: Mary Beth Wighton (Chair & Co-founder, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group and Dementia Advocacy Canada; Member, Federal Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia) and Mimi Lowi-Young (Chair of the Board of Directors, AGE-WELL NCE)

Innovator: Dr. Dallas Seitz (Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary)

CFHI host: Jessica Hodge (Improvement Lead)

This webinar will feature the following innovation:

PC DATA (Primary Care Dementia Assessment & Treatment Algorithm) – a web-based set of clinical tools and algorithms designed to help family physicians and primary health care providers better understand and apply best practices in dementia care. 

Tuesday April 6, 12.00pm - 1.00pm (EDT)

Tuesday May 4, 12.00pm - 1.00pm (EDT)

More details about these webinars to come.

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Recent Webinars

All recordings from this webinar discussion series can be viewed on demand via YouTube ». We’ve also assembled a discussion synopsis of each webinar that can be accessed via the links in the webinar descriptions below.

Wednesday February 10, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (ET)
Webinar 7: Alzheimer Residences and By Us For Us Guides

Innovators: Dr. Philippe Voyer (Professeur titulaire, Faculté des Sciences Infirmières, Université Laval), Michelle Stillman (Senior Director of Operations, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging), Sian Lockwood (Project Officer, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging) and John Hammel (Person Living with Dementia)

Alzheimer’s Residences – a new residence created for people living with Alzheimer’s disease in Quebec City combines accommodation and home care, integrating the principles of other villages, farms and a GreenHouse project in the U.S. for those with Alzheimer’s.

By Us For Us Guides – a series of resources created by people living with dementia and partners in care, designed to enhance well-being, manage daily life and support competent and compassionate care after diagnosis. 

Tuesday December 8
Webinar 6: Winterlights Labs and DataDay

Innovators: Fariya Mostafa (Group Product Manager, Winterlight Labs) and Arlene Astell (Director, DATE Lab)

Winterlight Labs – new tablet-based technology that has the potential to support early diagnosis of dementia in primary care through assessing cognitive health, including memory, thinking and reasoning.

DataDay – an app that provides post-diagnostic support for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia to enable them to live safely at home and prevent unnecessary hospital visits.

Tuesday November 17
Webinar 5: RaDAR and RRMC2.0

Innovators: Debra Morgan (Ph.D, RN, Professor and Chair, Rural Health Delivery, at the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), University of Saskatchewan) and Megan E. O’Connell (Ph.D., R.D.Psych, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan)

Rural Primary Health Care Memory Clinics (RaDAR) – one-day rural memory clinics operated by a primary care-based interprofessional team, that is improving diagnosis, treatment and navigational supports for people living with dementia and care partners in rural Saskatchewan.

Rural and Remote Memory Clinic 2.0 (RRMC2.0) – includes a suite of interventions delivered virtually by primary care-based interprofessional teams to improve early diagnosis of dementia and timely access to post-diagnostic support in rural and urban communities in Saskatchewan.

Tuesday October 20
Webinar 4: NaviCare/SoinsNavi and the Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative

Innovators: Shelley Doucet PhD (Jarislowsky Chair in Interprofessional Patient-Centred Care, Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of New Brunswick Saint John) and Alison Luke PhD (Research Associate, Centre for Research in Integrated Care), Dr. Alexandre Henri-Bhargava (Manning Cognitive Health Initiative, Island Health, University of Victoria) and Kristine Votova PhD (Manning Cognitive Health Initiative, Island Health, University of Victoria)

NaviCare/SoinsNavi – a research-based navigation centre that is improving navigation of post diagnostic care and support in the community for children and youth with complex care needs and their families in New Brunswick.

The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative – seeks to develop state-of-the-art digital tools for family physicians to assist with early diagnosis of dementia, integrate research evidence into patient care and follow dementia patients throughout Vancouver Island in a single real-time Dementia Guidance System database.

Tuesday September 15
Webinar 3: Mint Memory Clinic and eConsult

Innovators: Dr. Linda Lee (Lead, MINT Memory Clinics; Schlegel Research Chair in Primary Care for Elders, Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. of Family Medicine, McMaster University) and Dr. Clare Liddy (Interim Chair, University of Ottawa, Department of Family Medicine; Co-Executive Director, Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence)

MINT Memory Clinics – primary care-based multispecialty, interprofessional teams, improving diagnosis of dementia, treatment and navigational supports for people living with dementia and care partners accessed from one place in the community, typically their family doctor's office.

eConsult – a secure web-based tool providing physicians and nurse practitioners with timely access to specialist advice for all patients, often eliminating the need for an in-person specialist visit.

Tuesday July 21
Webinar 2: Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI) and CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnosis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISANCE)

Innovators: Dr. Karenn Chan (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Care of the Elderly), Helen Lightfoot (Provincial Practice Lead, Seniors Health SCN, Alberta Health Services) and Carrie McAiney (Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo and Scientific Director, Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program)

Webinar 2 synopsis: Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI) and CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnosis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISANCE)

Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI): Connecting People and Community for Living Well – an innovation that has worked in Alberta to support people living with dementia and care partners in the community.

CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnosis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISANCE) – an international research project that will create toolkits and campaigns to improve the dementia diagnostic process and post-diagnostic support.

Tuesday June 16
Webinar 1: Introduction and Ontario Health - Quality Standards

Presenter: Stacey Johnson (Lead, Quality Standards, Ontario Health)

Webinar synopsis: Introduction and Ontario Health - Quality Standards

This webinar provided an overview of CFHI’s Community Dementia Care and Support webinar discussion series. Participants discussed Ontario Health’s Quality Standards and associated resources designed to help improve care for people living with dementia and care partners in the community.

Public Health Agency of Canada. A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. 2019. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/images/services/publications/diseases-conditions/dementia-strategy/National%20Dementia%20Strategy_ENG.pdf

2 Within healthcare, an innovation can be a practice, policy or program that is novel in that it is proven to be more effective than the status quo – enhancing or outperforming the way care is currently delivered, funded or governed and improving experience and outcomes for patients, caregivers and families.