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New Charter of Rights for People with Dementia can be used to complement existing Bill of Rights in LTC homes

Mary Schulz, the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s director of education.

Understanding the new charter can help LTC homes enhance quality of life for people with dementia, says the Alzheimer Society’s Mary Schulz

While Ontario long-term-care home residents have a Bill of Rights, the Alzheimer Society of Canada has launched the Charter of Rights for People with Dementia which was created by an advisory group of people with dementia. The charter can be used by homes to complement the existing rights residents have while creating an understanding of the “unique rights” of persons with dementia, says Mary Schulz. Read more

People living with dementia have created the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia

Mary Schulz, the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s director of education.

Alzheimer Society of Canada has launched the charter to raise awareness surrounding the unique rights people with dementia have

The Alzheimer Society of Canada today (Sept. 5) launched the Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia, a first-of-its-kind framework outlining the rights people with dementia have. The charter was created by an advisory board of people living with dementia. Read more

Door murals adding to community feel at Garden Terrace while guiding residents to their rooms

Hallway has ‘become a vibrant neighbourhood with residents living behind their unique front door’

The OMNIway recently told you about how murals of bookshelves painted on three doors at Garden Terrace have helped reduce exit-seeking behaviours and agitation in residents with cognitive impairment. Today’s story is about how murals on doors are also helping residents find their way at the Ottawa-area long-term care home. Read more

Diversion doors are preventing exit-seeking behaviours at Garden Terrace

Bookshelf murals on 3 doors are having a positive impact, say staff and families

Since three “diversion doors” were painted at Garden Terrace 16 months ago, agitation caused by exit-seeking has been reduced in residents with cognitive impairment who are living at the Ottawa-area long-term care home, say staff members. Read more

LTC homes have role to play to help end stigma surrounding dementia: Alzheimer Society

Alzheimer Society director of education Mary Schulz

Encouraging friendships between residents with and without dementia is an important step, says Alzheimer Society education director Mary Schulz

The Alzheimer Society of Canada’s 2018 awareness campaign is focused on ending the stigma surrounding dementia, and the organization’s director of education says long-term care homes have a role to play in achieving this goal. Read more

Time is now to end dementia’s stigma: Alzheimer Society

Survey shows negative – and false – stereotypes of condition are prevalent in Canada

Results of a recent survey from the Alzheimer Society of Canada indicate a significant number of Canadians are concerned they would face discrimination or even be avoided by family if they had Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Read more

Making the shift from ‘me’ to ‘we’ when caring for people with Alzheimer’s

Blogger shares how changing language enhances quality of life

Caring for a person living with cognitive impairment requires caregivers to be selective about the words they use, and substituting the words “you” and “me” with “we” is one important step in this process, says Alzheimer’s expert and blogger Bob DeMarco. Read more

Editorial: Canada’s new dementia strategy creates opportunity for LTC sector

With the passing of Bill C-233 in June, Canada became the 30th country to launch a national dementia strategy. This, of course, is welcomed news for people living with dementia and their families as well as for the long-term care sector. Read more

‘Positive language’ helps increase quality of life for people with dementia, say experts

Authors note changing language is an important part of Montessori methodology

Using positive language when working with people living with dementia is an important step in enhancing quality of life, say two authors of a book examining the positive impact of Montessori methodology on people who have cognitive impairment. Read more

Careful planning, keeping things simple can create happy travels for people with dementia

Alzheimer Society offers suggestions to help families create enjoyable holidays for loved ones with cognitive impairment

Summer is now in full swing, and for many people, this is a time to take a family holiday. But what if one of your loved ones travelling with you has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Read more