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Topic: Understanding the Degree of Frailty and its Implications for Clinical Translational Research

Recorded on October 27, 2021

  • Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP, Professor of Medicine (Geriatric Medicine & Neurology) and the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer Research at Dalhousie University.
  • Moderator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, the Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation you will be able to:
    1. To review how age-related damage, and decline in repair processes, results in cellular/molecular deficits that scale up to system levels, where they are jointly expressed as frailty.
    2. To illustrate how variability in the degree of frailty and the degree of social vulnerability mean that carrying damage and expressing it clinically can be distinct.
    3. To argue that studying people—and animals—who live with frailty, including them in clinical trials and measuring how the degree of frailty impacts their outcomes are ways to better understand the diseases of old age.


Topic:  The Role of Meaning in Life and Social Interactions in Promoting Psychological Well-Being Among Older Adults

Recorded on September 27, 2021

  • Presenter: Dr. Marnin Heisel, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University; Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Moderator: Dr. Sharon Levine, CoE Committee Member/Board Member and Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation you will be able to:
    1. Identify the role of Meaning in Life and social support in promoting psychological well-being among older adults;
    2. Critically reflect upon theory and research investigating meaning-centered approaches to protecting against suicide thoughts and behaviour in later life; and
    3. Appraise and discuss new research projects that aim to promote psychological well-being and reduce psychological distress among older adults in the context of life transitions and pandemic-related social restrictions.

Topic: Elder Abuse: You Have a Role to Play

Recorded on June 24, 2021

  • Co-Presenters:
    • John E. Johnson, Vice-Chair of Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, Co-Author of Elder Abuse - You Have a Role to Play
    • Sabby Duthie, owner and operator of retirement homes within the Ottawa region, Co-author of Elder Abuse - You Have a Role to Play
  • Moderator: Stéphanie Cadieux, Director of Education, The Council on Aging of Ottawa
  • Description: John and Sabby will engage in an open dialogue discussing certain elements from their book Elder Abuse - You Have a Role to Play. This first-of-its-kind book undertakes the uncomfortable conversation that so many are unwilling to have — that elder abuse is widespread and very real. This book educates the reader to recognize elder abuse in its early stages before the damage is irreparable. John and Sabby will share real stories from families of different generations and backgrounds. Combined with reliable statistics, the result is chilling evidence that elder abuse exists in every facet of our senior citizens’ lives. The stories shared will encompass every level of contact, including doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, family members, social workers, and frontline workers at both retirement homes and long-term care centres. Participants are encouraged to ask questions to gain practical advice to help identify, intervene and prevent elder abuse!       

book-photoTo purchase a copy of the book please visit: www.bridgegencanadacentre.com. All net proceeds of the sale of each book will be distributed by BridgeGen Canada Centre, a non-profit organization, to groups supporting the fight against ageism and elder abuse.

Topic: Navigating the Journey of Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

Recorded on May 26, 2021

  • Presenter: Claire Webster, Founder and Ambassador, Dementia Education Program, McGill University and Founder and President of Caregiver Crosswalk Inc.
  • Moderator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, the Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Description: Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can prove to be a difficult reality for individuals and family members – especially during the time of a global pandemic. The key to navigating this journey is to find acceptance and avoid denial, become as educated as possible about the disease, understand how it will progress, make health care plans for the future, and ensure a safe home environment. It’s important to provide family caregivers with as much support as possible in order to avoid caregiver burnout. In this presentation, Claire Webster will share her journey as a caregiver to her late mother. She will talk about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and share some important lessons that she learned along the way in terms of having the proper tools to manage the care of a loved one who has dementia. She will also explain how to navigate the health care system, and highlight the unexpected financial expenses that individuals need to be prepared for. Claire will also share the ripple effect that being a caregiver had on her own health, family and career, and the resilience that is required in order to recover from a severe burnout.

Topic: Long-Term Care: Safety and Quality of Life during COVID-19

Recorded on April 27, 2021

  • Co-Presenters:
    • Dr. Benoît Robert, Chief Medical Officer, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
    • Kathryn May, Nurse Practitioner, TOH Nurse Led Outreach at The Ottawa Hospital
    • Tania Paolini, Manager, Infection Prevention and Control, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
  • Moderator: Jennifer Plant, Director of Clinical Practice, The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre
  • Description: While the need to create a safe environment for long-term care residents and families is essential during this COVID-19 pandemic, supporting quality of life goals remains a central focus. This presentation will describe the collaborative approach to balance the risk of infection from COVID-19 with resident quality of life using concrete examples from the lived experience of local clinicians and infection and prevention control (IPAC) experts.

Topic: The Future is Now: Innovative living environments for older adults with cognitive impairment

Recorded on March 10, 2021

  • Presenter: Dr. Philippe Voyer, Laval University
  • Moderator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, the Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Opening remarks: Dr. Linda Garcia, Director LIFE Research Institute and Full Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Description: Many well-known projects such as Alzheimer’s villages and Greenhouse projects have been designed to stimulate culture change in homes for older adults with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. While the need to create the best living environments for this population has been known for years, COVID-19 has made this clearer than ever. The presentation will highlight the underlying principles of the most innovative special housing units and the research data that support them. Concrete  examples will be presented, including a new residence recently created in Quebec City.

This  is a partnership between the Perley Health Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care and the LIFE Research Institute at the University of Ottawa.