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Upcoming Webinar...


Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 12:00-1:00 ET

Topic: From Research to Program Evaluation: Using administrative data for the development, implementation and evaluation of the RESPECT algorithm for palliative care



Dr. Amy Hsu is an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute and holds a uOttawa Brain and Mind-Bruyère Research Institute Chair in Primary Health Care in Dementia. She is also a Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her research uses population-level health administrative data at ICES to examine older adults' health and health care needs, especially in those living with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia.


  1. Appreciate the limitations of current approaches to identifying long-term care residents who would benefit from palliative care.
  2. Learn about existing clinical tools that support earlier identification of palliative care needs within long-term care.
  3. Learn about the use of a system-level approach, using health administrative data, to identifying patients nearing the end of life with potentially unmet palliative needs, develop clinical decision tools, and support the evaluation of these tools in real-world settings.

To register please click the following link: https://bit.ly/CoEOct19


Archived Recordings

Topic: What can Multitasking Tell us about Subjective Cognitive Decline in Older Adults

Recorded on September 13, 2022



Presenter(s): Dr. Sarah Fraser, Associate Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa; Talia Salzman, PhD candidate in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa

Moderator: Dr. Annie Robitaille, Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care™ and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how multitasking has been used to identify changes in motor and cognitive function.
  2. Explain how subjective cognitive decline could be an early target for interventions used to maintain cognitive health.
  3. Share preliminary multitasking findings with older adults from the community who report subjective cognitive decline.

Topic: Rethink Aging: A Bold New Path to Life at Any Age

Recorded on June 22, 2022

  • Presenter: Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE, CEO Kin Village, Adjunct Professor, Gerontology at Simon Fraser, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Sessional Instructor, British Columbia Institute of Technology.
  • Moderator: David O'Neill, Senior Business Lead, Senior Living, Perley Health
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Provide opportunities that come with an aging population, combatting ageism and promoting healthy living.
    2. Explore the broader societal view: how we need to adapt our public policies, our institutions, our social structure, and our infrastructure to make these longer lives enriching and fulfilling.
    3. Identify recent examples of age reimagined in Canada and around the world - it’s not about aging, or adding years to the end of our lives, it’s about living – creating a bold new path to living your
      best life.

Topic: Understanding PTSD symptoms and dementia in older Veterans living in Long-Term Care

Recorded on May 25, 2022


  • Presenter: Kim Ritchie, PhD, RN, GNC(c)
  • Moderator: Michaela Adams, Master of Science (Candidate), Interdisciplinary Health Science Program University of Ottawa and Research Associate at Perley Health Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care™
  • Learning Objectives:
    1. Gain a better understanding of current literature related to PTSD in older Veterans.
    2. Learn how co-occurring PTSD symptoms and dementia are understood in Veterans who are living in Veteran Long-Term Care homes.
    3. Explore the care implications of co-occurring PTSD symptoms and dementia in Veterans.


Topic: Making "nonessential" family/volunteers caregiving essential in long-term care

Recorded on April 27, 2022

  • Presenter: Annie Robitaille, PhD., Commissionaires Ottawa Research Chair, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care™ and Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Moderator: Madelyn P. Law, PhD., Associate Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning and Associate Professor Health Sciences, Brock University
  • Learning Objectives: 
    1. Gain a better understanding of the response to COVID-19 that pertains to family/volunteer/caregiver presence in LTC.
    2. Increase the evidence about the impact of reduced levels of family/volunteers/caregivers on the emotional and psychosocial well-being of residents and caregivers.
    3. Generate solutions and recommendations to revisit policies on family/volunteer/caregiver presence to improve the current situation and preparedness to future pandemics and outbreaks.

Topic: Why Keep Long-Term Residential Care?

Recorded on March 9, 2022

  • Presenter: Pat Armstrong, PhD., Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, York University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Moderator: Jennifer Plant, Director, Clinical Practice
  • Learning Objectives: 
    1. Benefits of long-term care;
    2. Critiques of long-term care;
    3. Future of long-term care.

    Topic: Research to Practice: Implementation Strategies to Improve Physical Activity Levels among Residents of Long-Term Care

    Recorded on February 24, 2022

    • Presenter: Ariane Séguin Massie, Ph.D. Candidate in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, and research Trainee of the Translating research into Elder Care (TREC) research program.
    • 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 the role of implementation science for bringing evidence into practice.
      2. To learn about the strategies currently used to implement programs and practices that aim to improve physical and functional outcomes among residents of long-term care.
      3. To explore the practical applications of implementation science and implementation strategies to improve the health and overall well-being of residents.

    Topic: Addressing Loneliness: COVID-19 and Beyond

    Recorded on January 26, 2022

    • Presenter: Dr. Kristine Theurer, President Java Group Programs
    • Moderator: Danielle Sinden, Director, Centre of Excellence and Research Operations, Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, Perley Health
    • Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation you will be able to:
      1. To review the mental health challenges facing residents in senior living communities and learn why and how a model of resident peer support and mentoring can help address loneliness.
      2. To evaluate the research results of this approach and review its implementation in 10 continuing care communities.
      3. To explore take home strategies to incorporate peer support and mentoring among residents.

    For more information on the Java Group Programs click here: www.JavaGP.com

    Topic: COVID-19 and Frailty: What happened and what lies ahead?

    Recorded on November 24, 2021

    • Presenter: Dr. John P. Hirdes, Professor in the School of Public Health ad Health Systems, University of Waterloo; Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Senior Canadian Fellow and Board Member of interRAI.
    • 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. Participants will understand what frailty is and how it relates to other aspects of health and aging;
      2. Participants will learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the physical and mental health of older adults in community and residential care settings in Canada and internationally;
      3. Participants will learn about what we can expect to be the short, medium and long-term consequences of COVID-19 for persons living with frailty.


    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!       

    You Have a Role to Play Book CoverTo 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.