IMPACT makes an impact at LTC conference

Artist Sara Dalla Guarda is pictured here with IMPACT, an interactive art installation she created to demonstrate the relationship between shattered objects and memories.

The art piece, designed by artist Sara Dalla Guarda and co-sponsored by OMNI, gets people thinking about Alzheimer’s and dementia in a different way

When Toronto-based artist Sara Dalla Guarda premiered IMPACT, an interactive art exhibit, at the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) and Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) annual convention and trade show in April, she says she saw a myriad of reactions from people. Read more

IMPACT, an interactive art piece, demonstrates relationship between shattered objects and memories

Artist Sara Dalla Guarda is pictured here with IMPACT, an interactive art installation she created to demonstrate the relationship between shattered objects and memories.

OMNI co-sponsored IMPACT’s premiere at the 2019 OLTCA/ORCA convention and trade show. Artist Sara Dalla Guarda explains why she created it

It was last November when Sara Dalla Guarda’s father accidentally broke a ceramic mug that belonged to her grandmother. That mug meant a lot to Sara. Read more

Riverview BSO team receives first-ever Team Impact Award from the Central East LHIN

The team was nominated by PRC nurses from the PASE team at Peterborough Regional Health Centre

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team received the Central East Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN) first-ever Team Impact Award on March 26 for its work reducing and preventing agitation in residents who are living with cognitive impairment. Read more

Weighted blankets providing comfort to Riverview residents

Riverview Manor

Since being introduced by the BSO team in 2018, these special blankets have helped relieve anxiety in residents

Riverview Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team lead says weighted blankets have helped calm residents affected by dementia and other conditions that create anxiety since they were introduced to the Peterborough long-term care home a little more than a year ago. Read more

Ending the Alzheimer’s stigma: what LTC homes can do

Mary Schulz, director of education for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Engaging residents, families and local communities is the key to helping others understand the condition

Alzheimer Society of Canada director of education Mary Schulz says long-term care homes are well-positioned to help end the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia because they are “communities within communities” that can engage others to debunk myths about the condition. Read more

Alzheimer Society campaign working to help Canadians understand dementia

Mary Schulz, director of education for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Many Canadians living with Alzheimer’s and dementia are living active lives. Educating people about this helps reduce harmful stigma

When many Canadians hear the words “Alzheimer’s disease” or “dementia,” images of people with low cognitive abilities who are in the late stages of these conditions often come to mind. However, many people with dementia continue living their lives the way they always have and are active in their communities, working and volunteering, says Mary Schulz. Read more

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

Every three seconds someone develops dementia. Awareness can help stem this

People and organizations asked to share important info about Alzheimer’s and dementia during World Alzheimer’s Month campaign

By the time you finish reading this sentence, one person somewhere in the world will have developed dementia. This is the key message behind the 2018 World Alzheimer’s Month campaign, entitled Every Three Seconds. Read more

Alzheimer Society underscores value gardening programs bring to people with dementia

OMNI homes have also found success using gardens to curb agitation and enhance quality of life for residents

The Alzheimer Society of Canada says gardening programs can be effective tools to help ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Read more