The Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange (AKE)
Supports those interested in improving the Ontario system of care for persons with Alzheimer Disease & Related Dementias (ADRD). It facilitates the exchange of information, innovation and expertise among caregivers, educators, researchers and policy-makers.
Alzheimer Society of Canada/Société Alzheimer du Canada
Provides information, links and on-line videos about Alzheimer Disease; also offers access to on-line publications, forums and chats
Alzheimer Society of Ontario
The web site for the provincial office of the Alzheimer Society in Ontario includes information (in English and French) on Ontario’s Strategy for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias, the development of Public Policy in Ontario, provincial programs and initatives and provides a directory to local chapters in Ontario.
Approaches to Dementia Care
- Alzheimer Societies: Local Alzheimer Societies across Ontario offer a variety of information, consultation and training on dementia. To find the Alzheimer Society nearest you visit their web site at http://www.alzheimerontario.org/ once at the home page click on “Your local Alzheimer Society” tab. The provincial website also offers a number of other resources.
- MAREP: An innovative program of the University of Waterloo which integrates educational and research activities to improve dementia care practices in Canada. MAREP is involved in the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) to Dementia Care Project. GPA is a new curriculum to be offered to long term care homes and others as an adjunct to PIECES and U-First! Training. MAREP also publishes a newsletter called Innovations. For more information on MAREP contact them by telephone, 519-888-4567 x6884 or visit their website at www.marep.uwaterloo.ca
- PIECES and U-First! Training: These training curricula on supporting people with dementia were originally developed as part of the Alzheimer Strategy for staff in long term care homes. U-First! is now offered to a broader audience including staff in the developmental services sector. Fore more information about PIECES visit the website at http://www.piecescanada.com/ For more information on U-First! visit http://www.u-first.ca/
- Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants: Psychogeriatric consulting resource positions provide support for staff serving persons with dementia, including those with challenging behaviours, and individuals with complex cognitive/mental health needs. They are available across Ontario to workers in long-term care facilities, community care access centres, community support agencies and other community partners. There are RGP offices in Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa and Toronto. For more information visit their website at http://www.rgps.on.ca/ To find the RGP in your area click on the tab “People to Contact” and then on “Contacts and Referral Information”.
Web site developed by and for individuals with dementia. Includes research papers, fact sheets and Online Chatroom.
Dementia Education Needs Assessment (DENA)
An assessment tool designed to assist professionals working in organizations that provide care to older persons with dementia, make decisions about continuing education programs related to dementia (Alzheimer Disease or related dementias – ADRD).
Lewy Body Dementia
Comprehensive scientific, clinical and caregiver information on Lewy body dementias.
The web site provides information on current research on innovations and effective approaches to dementia care in the long term care setting and for providing meaningful support to family and caregivers.
The Alzheimer’s Research Exchange – University of Waterloo (ARE)
Connects researchers and caregivers to facilitate exchange and collaboration in order to improve dementia care practices in Canada. The site includes a free weekly email News Service, the latest Alzheimer Research, a resource network for researchers, a clearinghouse of up-to-date research and information on care giving for persons with Alzheimer Disease and other related dementias, the application of research and more.
Toronto Dementia Network
Online directory of services for individuals with dementia, their families and caregivers available in Toronto.
U-First! is an education program that was developed for use in the long term care sector, as part of the Ontario government’s multi-year provincial Alzheimer Strategy.