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How To Initiate Difficult Family Conversations

Original Air Date: Wednesday, September 16 Time: 12:00 noon

Whether it is being proactive & planning for the future or responding to a sudden health crisis, it is never easy to initiate tough talks with someone you care about. You might be worried about conflict or a negative emotional reaction. Please join me to learn some important tips & strategies for having meaningful, productive, inclusive & caring discussions relating to sensitive topics in aging. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
   
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Cindy Brcko, MSW, RSW
Cindy Brcko graduated from Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work with her Master of Social Work degree in 1998. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings including not-for-profit, private and public sectors. Cindy has been employed by Baycrest for over 20 years. She currently works as a Social Worker in the Day Treatment Centre and has previously worked with the Interprofessional Primary Care Team, in Palliative Care, Complex Continuing Care & Seniors Counselling & Referral Services. Cindy has extensive experience providing counselling to individuals, couples and families around life transitions, system navigation, caregiver stress, coping with physical and cognitive changes, understanding and accepting chronic, progressive and terminal diagnoses. Her commitment to research and education is exemplified in her work at the Katz Centre for Gerontological Social Work where she developed an evidenced-based counselling model, she provides ongoing field instruction to Master of Social Work candidates and has taught at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Life Course and Aging.

Sharing Dance with Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School

Original Air Date: Wednesday - August 12th, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST

 

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Baycrest and Canada’s National Ballet School have co-developed Sharing Dance Seniors, a dance program suitable for older adults that is accessible online from your home.

Join us for the opportunity to dance alongside Canada’s National Ballet School teacher, Angie Seto, and learn more about the program’s development and the power of dance from Baycrest’s Melissa Tafler. Please see below for more on our featured presenters.

Dance experience is not required. This program is suitable for all ages and abilities, from kids through great-grandparents, and everyone in between.
 

 
Presenters
Angie Seto
Angie Seto
Melissa Tafler
Melissa Tafler
Angie Seto has studied dance at Ryerson University, York University, and is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School's (NBS) Teacher Training Program. She has been teaching dance for more than two decades and joined the artistic faculty at NBS in 2005. In addition to teaching in multiple programs at NBS and being involved in various Community Dance Initiatives, Angie was the Head of the Associates Program for nine years before taking on her current role as Manager of Community Dance Programs for Seniors. In her current role, Angie is an integral part of NBS' exciting collaboration with Baycrest to develop meaningful and engaging dance activity for older adults. She is also part of the leadership group that founded the Dance for Parkinson's Network Canada, which strives to improve access to dance programs for people living with Parkinson's as well as provide resources to dance teachers.
 
Melissa Tafler is the Coordinator of the Arts and Health program at Baycrest in Toronto. Her work involves leading the development and implementation of initiatives that integrate the arts across clinical programs, education, training and research in healthcare and aging. Melissa trained as a clinical social worker and after over 15 years of work at Baycrest, she began exploring the use of creative, arts-based approaches with her clients and families. Melissa saw the transformative potential of the arts in enhancing wellness and building community. She became passionate and determined to expand this work across the healthcare sector. Melissa also provides consultation on the integration of arts-based learning and clinical staff through Baycrest's Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation.

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The Sandwich Generation: Caring for the Caregiver During COVID-19

Original Air Date: Wednesday - August 12th, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST


This webinar will cover the tensions associated with multigenerational caregiving and how these have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will examine the symptoms of stress and how to manage the constant pressures experienced by caregivers. It will explore practical coping strategies for dealing with chronic stress. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
   
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Dr. Adriana Shnall
Dr. Adriana Shnall is the Program Director of Baycrest@Home, Clinical Programs. As part of her portfolio, she leads the Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving, the Seniors Counselling and Referral and Senior Support Programs at Baycrest. Prior to this, she was the Manager and Professional Practice Chief for Social Work at Baycrest. Adriana has 30 years of clinical experience working with older adults and their families including outpatient community services, long term care and inpatient services. She was the recipient of the Baycrest Outstanding Innovations award. Adriana has an academic appointment with the Faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor, Status-Only and teaches at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and at the Institute for the Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto. Adriana is the Chair of the Caregiving Committee for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and is a member of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition and the Toronto Caregiver Coalition. Adriana integrates clinical practice, education and research in the area of family caregiving with an expertise in evidence based, innovative family caregiving initiatives.

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Caregiving 101: What you need to know if you are a family caregiver

Original Air Date: Wednesday - July 22nd, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST


Build your inner strength.  Avoid burnout.
This webinar will help participants identify and understand the role of a family caregiver, ways to decrease burnout, and rewards in caregiving. Our experts will also share clinical interventions available at Baycrest to support family caregivers.
   
Presenters
Elaine Kohn
Elaine Kohn
Anne Max
Anne Max
Elaine Kohn is a registered social worker who has worked at Baycrest for 20 years. Elaine has a special interest in working with family caregivers who care for an individuals with dementia. She has facilitated educational information sessions, as well as co-facilitated psycho/educational support groups. With ongoing social work support, education and positive strategies for care, Elaine promotes caregiver well-being and health.
 
Anne Max is a registered social worker who has been at Baycrest for over 22 years. Anne is a member of a team that provides counselling and support to caregivers in the community who are caring for family members experiencing cognitive and physical challenges.

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Resiliency Training for Family Caregivers: Standing Up to COVID-19

Original Air Date: Thursday - June 25th, 2020 at 12:00 noon EST

 
Build your inner strength. Exercise your resilience.
Register for a virtual opportunity to connect with Baycrest experts and learn to build resilience and coping skills while receiving practical tools to tackle the challenges of added stress, worry and isolation we are facing during this pandemic.

As the weeks of physical distancing are prolonged we’re all uncertain of what the future will look like and there are a lot of fears that we are facing individually and collectively. How do we take care of ourselves and how can we help others especially when we can’t be physically present?

This webinar is geared towards family caregivers, older adults and anyone who is facing increasing challenge of social isolation and stress due to COVID-19.
   
Presenters
Elaine Kohn
Renee Climans
Anne Max
Dr. Adriana Shnall
Renee Climans is a registered social worker with over 30 years’ experience. She has worked at Baycrest since 1990 where she has been involved in care, research, and education and where she has been actively involved in facilitating supportive counselling groups, both in person and virtually, for family members of people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment as well as other issues of loss and health related changes. Her approach is wellness oriented and collaborative and combines narrative, solution focused, cognitive behavioural and mindfulness therapeutic methods. On topics related to gerontology and health care she has conducted numerous media interviews, lectures, and published in peer-reviewed journals.
 
Dr. Adriana Shnall is the Program Director of Baycrest@Home, Clinical Programs. As part of her portfolio, she leads the Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving, the Seniors Counselling and Referral and Senior Support Programs at Baycrest. Adriana has 30 years of clinical experience working with older adults and their families including outpatient community services, long term care and inpatient services. Adriana is the Chair of the Caregiving Committee for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) and is a member of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition and the Toronto Caregiver Coalition. Adriana integrates clinical practice, education and research in the area of family caregiving with an expertise in evidence based, innovative family caregiving initiatives.