Elder Care: Dementia 101 (U of T Scarborough)

This workshop will provide family caregivers with an overview of Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the importance of early diagnosis and illustrates the progression of the disease.

Objectives:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the process of diagnosis and medications available
  • Develop a better, over-all understanding of dementia
  • Increase your knowledge of the stages and progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Better the caregiver’s insight into the person with dementia (PWD)
  • Learn about community services and supports

Facilitator: Risa Kim, Social Worker, Alzheimer Society Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Elder Care: The Role of the LHIN for the Caregiver (U of T Scarborough)

This workshop presented by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will:

  • Discuss in-home and community services available to assist you in providing care to an elderly person
  • Provide you with information on the application process for admission into a long term care home and other community housing options
  • Address caregiver stress and burnout with a focus on proving specific coping strategies

Facilitator: Maureen McGowan, Community Education and Outreach Representative with the Central East Local Health Integration Network

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Elder Care: Seniors and Safety in the Home

Occupational therapists from VHA Rehab Solutions, a community based organization providing rehabilitation services to adults in their home will provide a presentation that will include the following:

  • Signs a caregiver should be looking for to determine a senior’s safety
  • Assessing the need for assistive devices, mobility devices, home renovations and the services of a professional
  • Helpful commercial products versus prescribed devices and funding sources
  • Where to get advice and practical assistance and what help is out there and how to get the right help

Facilitators: Leslie Simpson MSc OT Reg. (Ont.) and Andrea Cook OT Reg. (Ont.) are experienced occupational therapists in the community, and together they have more than 16 years of experience.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Elder Care: The Role of the LHIN for the Caregiver

This workshop presented by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) will:

  • focus on in-home and community services available to assist you in providing care to an elderly person
  • provide you with information on the application process for admission into a long term care home and other community housing options
  • address caregiver stress and burnout with a focus on proving specific coping strategies

Facilitators:

Jennifer Thomas MSW, RSW is a Care Coordinator with the Seniors Integrated Care Team, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and she has over 15 years of experience working with seniors and their caregivers at home and in the community.

Mary Arman OT Reg. (Ont.) is a Care Coordinator with the Seniors Integrated Care Team, Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and she has over 6 years of experience working with seniors and their caregivers at home and in the community.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Elder Care: Building Caregiver Resilience

Strengthen Your “Change” Muscles!

This workshop will help caregivers tap into existing sources of resilience and learn new resilience-building strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of resilience and why it is important for family caregivers
  • Recognize existing sources of resilience
  • Explore ways to build caregiver resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

Facilitator: Peter Marczyk, Social Worker & Team Lead, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Elder Care: New Approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Early Treatment

In this presentation Dr. Ian Cohen will discuss the current symptomatic treatments and the new medication approaches in clinical trials  at Toronto Memory Program to prevent or slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

The Toronto Memory Program is a multidisciplinary, community based, medical facility specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Dr. Ian Cohen works along-side his wife, Dr. Sharon Cohen, a behavioural & cognitive neurologist specializing in neurodegenerative diseases and the Medical Director of Toronto Memory Program.

Facilitator:  Dr. Ian Cohen is a physician and research investigator at Toronto Memory Program.  He has been involved in over 100 studies evaluating new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Education Options for Your Child

Choosing the right school and program is an important first step in ensuring that your child gets the most out of their educational experience. Come and hear from experts in the field of education. Through this panel you will learn about the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB):

  • Alternative Schools
  • Elementary Schools
  • French Immersion Programs

Guest Speakers: Beth Mills, TDSB Principal at Lord Landsdowne Jr & Sr. Public School and da Vinci Alternative Public School and Miriam Zachariah who is the Principal from Alpha Alternative Junior School.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • November 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply for Early French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten Entry)
  • January-February 2018 is the application period for most alternative elementary schools
  • Open Houses take place between October 2017 and February 2018.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Equipment & Gadgets you will really need & networking

A bi-monthly drop-in for U of T expecting and postnatal parents to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby and adjusting to new life.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other women regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.
This program is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office and the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Exploring the impact of a learning disability on your child’s success in University — A Panel Discussion

Does your child have a learning disability or an autism spectrum disorder?

The Family Care Office and Accessibility Services will be hosting a panel and get together for students’, staff or faculty children (Grade 7 or higher) (if your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register)who have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to meet with current U of T students with a learning disability/ASD. If your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register.

This will be an opportunity for your child to hear from current U of T students who can explain the impact of having an autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability on studying and succeeding at university. These students will discuss their transition to university, personal experiences and their coping strategies. There will also be an opportunity to ask these students questions and mix informally.

Exploring Gender Neutral Parenting

Boys should play with trucks and Girls should play with Barbie? Societal expectations about gender often influence how we socialize and raise our children. In this workshop, parents will explore and discuss together the topic of gender neutral parenting. The following questions will be addressed: What is gender neutral parenting? How do parents model gender expectations? What impact does this have? Should boys and girls be parented differently? Is gender neutral parenting even possible? Join us to discuss some of these important questions!

Facilitator: Dr. Pat Durish, Women and Gender Studies