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ENEWS -- January 2017
  SPOTLIGHT
Dementia
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. Join the national campaign to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and other dementias on twitter using the hashtag #initforalz.

It is estimated that 564,000 Canadians are living with one of the many forms of dementia. Twenty-five thousand new cases are diagnosed every year. Dementia is not a specific disease, it describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for the majority of cases. In this issue of eNews, we highlight key resources on dementia including communication tips, personal stories and a report on a national dementia strategy.
 
FOR EVERYONE
VIDEO – DEMENTIA AND FAMILIES
In this video, Dr. Cory Ingram discusses the impact of dementia on the family. Dr. Ingram is the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at the Andreas Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - AMBIGUOUS LOSS AND GRIEF
The Alzheimer Society of Canada has developed two documents to provide a better understanding of how loss and grief affect people with dementia and their families.
For Health Care Providers
For Individuals and Families

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
Care UK developed a booklet that includes advice and tips on how to improve verbal and nonverbal communication between caregivers, families and friends of people living with dementia

MORE DEMENTIA RESOURCES
FOR EVERYONE FOR PROFESSIONALS

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE – STAY, BREATHE WITH ME: THE GIFT OF COMPASSIONATE MEDICINE
Informed by the voices of the seriously ill, their families, and the experiences of a palliative care nurse and a social worker, Stay, Breathe with Me illuminates the power of the art of care and the need to bring compassion back into health care. Written by Helen Allison RN, MSW with Irene Allison. 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
 
EXCHANGE POSTER – PALLIATIVE CARE IN COPD: THE CASE FOR EARLY INTEGRATION
In this new Exchange poster, Helen Senderovich MD discusses the benefit of introducing palliative care early to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients with COPD experience similar levels of pain, breathlessness, and anxiety as patients with cancer, but tend to be referred later to palliative care. This poster also outlines barriers to palliative care and factors for successfully integrating palliative care for COPD patients.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE -
ATTENDING FUNERALS, MEMORIALS AND OTHER RITUALS
This handout by Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre highlights suggestions for preparing children of all ages to attend funerals, memorials, and other ceremonies or rituals.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE -
PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
The World Health Organization has developed a comprehensive guide that program managers can use to plan and implement local palliative care services.
 

FOR EVERYONE
VIDEO -
INTEGRATION TV: HOW DO WE DEAL WITH END-OF-LIFE CARE?
Host of Integration TV Hodan Nalayeh chatted with Virtual Hospice’s film director Wendy Rowland and spiritual care advisor Glen Horst about culture, palliative and end-of-life care, and the newly launched LivingMyCulture.ca resource. Watch the video.


 

NEWS


CONGRATULATIONS DR. CARRIE BOURASSA
Dr. Carrie Bourassa PhD has been appointed as the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, effective February 1, 2017. Carrie is a member of our KT Tools Advisory Committee and a member of the Indigenous Voices development team. Congratulations Carrie!

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS IN PALLIATIVE CARE

In February, The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) will launch a pan-Canadian call for innovations to identify high impact palliative care models ready for spread and scale-up across Canada. The top innovations will be featured at the 2017 CFHI Forum in Toronto. CFHI will then determine how to support the scale and spread of these models across Canada.

NEW: CANADIAN VIRTUAL HOSPICE AWARD IN SUPPORT OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ONCOLOGY EXCELLENCE
In collaboration with the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO), Virtual Hospice has established an annual award to acknowledge the work of psychosocial oncology professionals and students working in palliative care. This award and a $500.00 honorarium will be presented to a CAPO member who submits the best poster in the area of palliative care or grief at the annual CAPO conference. See Eligibility Requirements.

NEW ONLINE PALLIATIVE AND END-OF-LIFE CARE COURSE
  de Souza Institute has launched the Interprofessional Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care - Oncology (iEPEC-O) course. This course is based on the EPEC™-O Canada curriculum and was developed by a team of interprofessional experts. Enroll today.

TERESA DELLAR: MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS RECIPIENT
Teresa Dellar, Executive Director and co-founder of the West Island Palliative Care Residence was presented the Meritorious Service Cross (civil division) by the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on Nov. 25 for her contributions to palliative care. Congratulations Teresa! Watch Teresa's interview with Virtual Hospice.

PALLIATIVE CARE MATTERS: CONSENSUS STATEMENT
  Last November, Palliative Care Matters hosted a consensus development conference. As a result, a statement was prepared by an independent 12-member Lay Panel of diverse Canadians which reflects their analysis of the views of Canadians and scientific evidence. It is supported by their expertise and lived experience to bring forward the collective wisdom of all Canadians regarding palliative care. Palliative Care Matters will work to ensure that these insights and recommendations are heard and lead to better palliative care for all Canadians.

JOIN US FOR THE NEXT KIDSGRIEVE2  WITH GUEST SPEAKER FROM HOSPICE CALGARY
In this public web forum, Andrea Warnick, a national children’s grief expert answers your questions on supporting children and youth who are grieving a death or an expected death. On February 9, 2017 from 1-2pm Eastern Time, Andrea will be joined by guest speaker, Nadine Gariepy-Fisk Director of Child and Family Grief Services at Hospice Calgary. Join us for this free online event, email: KidsGrieve2@virtualhospice.ca to participate.

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER JILL-TAYLOR BROWN
Jill Taylor-Brown, a well-known and respected member of the psychosocial oncology community has joined the Canadian Virtual Hospice. Jill develops and reviews psychosocial content and provides consultation for questions submitted to Ask a Professional. Jill retired from her position as the Director of Patient and Family Support Services at CancerCare Manitoba in 2016. She has been working with those diagnosed with cancer and their families for over 35 years.

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 VIRTUAL HOSPICE IPAD WINNER
Congratulations to Puja Patel for winning the 2016 Virtual Hospice draw for an ipad. Puja has spent over 5 years in the field of human and social services and has held clinical social service positions in hospital, community mental health settings, child welfare, settlement, and school settings. Currently, Puja works at Sienna Senior Living- Langstaff Square Care Community, Ontario as a Registered Social Worker/Resident Relations Coordinator supporting residents to live more fully with independence and dignity.

 

CALENDAR


January 25-26, 2017. Quality End of Life Care Coalition Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON.

January 25-28, 2017. Canadian Nursing Students Association Conference, Winnipeg, MB. We are excited to meet you at our booth!

February 19-21, 2017. Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network General Assembly, Scottsdale, AZ. We will see you at the booth!

February 22-25, 2017. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine General Assembly, Phoenix, AZ. We are looking forward to meeting you at our booth.

March 6-7, 2017. Dementia Care 2017, Winnipeg, MB. Swing by the Virtual Hospice booth!

April 7-8, 2017. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Innovative approaches to optimal cancer care in Canada. Toronto, ON.

April 24, 2017. Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference, Calgary, AB. We are looking forward to seeing you at the booth.

April 23-25, 2017. Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference. Richmond Hill, ON.

April 30-May 2, 2017. Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Winnipeg, MB. We will see you at the booth!


June 1-3, 2017. Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference, Edmonton, AB.

 
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