Elder Care: Brain Games

Date:  Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location:  Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop discusses myths and facts of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is an interactive workshop that provides the opportunity for open discussion and questions regarding dementia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what are myths and facts about dementia
  • Understand signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Understand some of the research findings on reducing the risk of developing dementia
  • Recognize that lifestyle plays a role in reducing a person’s risk of developing dementia

Facilitator:  Nouchine Davarpanah, Public Education Coordinator, 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: Understanding the System (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (presentation for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period)
Location: Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly named Faculty Club), Room 3140

Trying to find the government, community and private resources to assist you to care for your aging relative in the home can be overwhelming. Who do you start with and what is available?

In this session, Zoe Levitt, M.S.W., R.S.W will guide you through:

  • The types of services and resources that are available for your elder relatives who are still living in their own homes
  • Finding and selecting available home care supports
  • How to access these supports and the costs that might be involved
  • Bring your individual questions/concerns and ask the facilitator for her advice

Facilitator: Zoe Levitt is an Elder Care Consultant with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. She has been working with the elderly in their homes and in hospitals for more than 25 years.

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: Healthy Caregiving

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Caregiving is very special. Watching someone you love become ill and gradually lose his/her memory and abilities can be very hard on you as well as your family. You need to take care of yourself and make sure that you stay healthy.

This workshop will focus on:

  • What are some of the risks of caregiving?
  • What are some of the rewards and joys of caregiving?
  • We will also address resources and navigating the system.

Facilitator: Elaine Kohn, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, and Susana Braslavski, MSW RSW, Social Worker in Seniors Counselling and Referral Services at Baycrest Geriatric Health Care System

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: Parkinson’s Disease 101

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop presented by Parkinson Canada, the facilitator will:

  • Provide a brief overview of Parkinson’s disease
  • Review the motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s
  • Explain the importance of taking medications on time
  • Provide tips for caregivers as they support their loved ones with day to day living and with medications
  • Discuss the supports provided by Parkinson Canada.

Facilitator: Maria Marano is the Community Development Coordinator for the Greater Toronto Area at Parkinson Canada. She is responsible for overseeing the support groups within the region as well as conducting Parkinson’s disease education and advocacy. She completed her M.Sc. at the University of Toronto where she studied the biological mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease at the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Expectant Parents Group (Winter session)

Date: January/February 2019
Time: 
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

A group for U of T expecting parents and their partners to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and how to feed and care for your baby.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other expectant parents regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Winter 2019 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Use Monday, January 21
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Monday, February 4
The Birthing Experience Monday, February 11
Feeding Your Baby & Caring for Yourself Monday, February 25

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Elder Care: Exploring Senior Housing Options

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This is a workshop for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility.

Join, Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®, as she explores:

  • How you discuss relocating with your loved one
  • The emotional aspects for both the caregiver and the loved one
  • The options for lifestyle choices from in-home supports to a facility
  • Retirement homes and long-term care homes

Facilitator: Esther Goldstein is a social worker and author of the Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living®. She worked as a hospital social worker in the GTA primarily with the geriatric population, and now currently works full-time on her publication and the affiliated website www.senioropolis.com

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: Be With – Letters to a Caregiver

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this session, Mike Barnes, author of Be With: Letters to a Caregiver will present some of the main themes of his book. The focus will be on dementia caregiving, but also touch on issues relevant to any caring relationship. These issues include: being alertly present (Be); sharing presence with another (With); how and how far to respect autonomy; learning from inevitable mistakes; balancing information and compassion; recovering simple fundamentals: music, touch, shared silence, nature; dementia as a process of continual change (including, at times, change for the better); adjusting on the fly, under pressure.

The presentation will thus consist of half a dozen segments, each with a topic briefly discussed and illustrated by a passage from the book. Mike will then open it up to questions and discussion, in the hopes of exchanging ideas and experiences about dementia and caregiving, along with any other topics that might have arisen of interest.

Facilitator: Mike Barnes is the author of ten books of poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. He has won the Danuta Gleed Award and a National Magazine Award Silver Medal for his short fiction, and the Edna Staebler Award for non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.

For more information on Mike Barnes, please see this CBC article.

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: Geriatrics 100

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (presentation for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period)
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

An introduction to some of the cognitive and emotional changes your older relative may experience and the resources available to you. In this session we will discuss the following:

  • Dementia, depression and delirium: All of these illnesses can share very similar symptoms yet the treatment for each is vastly different. What are these illnesses? What are their symptoms? How can I be sure my older relative is properly diagnosed?
  • Learn about the vast array of community services and health professionals that can both assess and treat your relative. For example, how do I find a geriatrician or a memory clinic
  • Bring your individual questions/concerns and ask the facilitator for her advice

Facilitator: Zoe Levitt is an Elder Care Consultant with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. She has been working with the elderly in their homes and in hospitals for more than 25 years.

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: Building on Family Dynamics in Coping with Dementia

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This workshop will explore the major challenges and concerns that can arise for families caring for a person with dementia.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify family dynamics and their affects on families
  • Explore strategies for assisting families, building on strengths and resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

Facilitator: Susan Price, Social Worker, 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: Seniors and Safety in the Home (U of T Mississauga)

An occupational therapist 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

Facilitator: Andrea Cook OT Reg. (Ont.) is an experienced occupational therapist in the community, and she has 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.