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Advance Care Planning What You Need To Know To Make Your Wishes Known

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is not just an end of life issue, it is something we should all be actively considering. The webinar addresses questions such as, what is ACP? Why is it important? When/how should you start ACP? To access recordings from previous sessions in the Caregiver Support series, and other Baycrest web programs, visit: www.Baycrest.org/webinars. For more information on upcoming events and news from Baycrest, sign up for email updates on the Baycrest website: www.baycrest.org/subscribe. For more information about Baycrest@Home, please visit www.baycrestathome.com.
   

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Communication in a COVID-19 World: New Virtual Hearing Services

Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon EST

In response to the pandemic, Baycrest’s Audiology Department has launched tele-audiology, a virtual service that helps patients along their audiology journey, from initial detection of hearing challenges to audiology rehabilitation. Learn more about tele-audiology and the importance of accessing remote hearing services for older adults with hearing loss.
   
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Akram Keymanesh, Audiologist
Akram Keymanesh is a clinical audiologist for Baycrest Health Sciences. She obtained her master’s degree in Hearing Sciences from Western University in 2011 and her PhD in Audiology from A.T. Still University in 2014. She joined Baycrest in 2010, where she has been working in both research and clinical settings. Her specialty is working with older adults with hearing loss and cognitive impairments. She has been recently focusing on the new tele-audiology service for older adults.

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Advance Care Planning: What You Need To Know To Make Your Wishes Known

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 2020 • Time: 12:00 noon EST

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) is not just an end of life issue, it is something we should all be actively considering. The webinar will address questions such as, what is ACP? Why is it important? When/how should you start ACP?
   
Presenters
Elaine Kohn
Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri, Palliative Care Physician
Anne Max
Alex Coatsworth, MSW
Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri is a palliative care physician, consultant and medical director for palliative care at Baycrest. Her practice is focused on geriatric palliative care which reflects her passion for care of the elderly and end of life. She is a clinician-educator with a varied undergraduate and post-graduate teaching practice and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
 
Alex Coatsworth is a social worker in the Seniors Counselling and Referral Program. She has a Master of Social Work degree in Gerontology from the University of Toronto and has been working with older adults for the past 12 years. Alex has worked at Baycrest for six years in various positions including in palliative care, long-term care, and inpatient psychiatry. She is passionate about helping others and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, hiking, travelling and reading.


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Hearing Loss and Dementia: Connections, Impact and What You Can Do About It

Original Air Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon EST

Explore the link between hearing loss and dementia, and the importance of assessing and managing hearing loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This webinar will also highlight management options and strategies that may facilitate communication with older adults with hearing loss and help to alleviate caregiver burden.
   
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Marilyn Reed, Audiologist
Marilyn Reed is the practice advisor for Audiology at Baycrest, where she has worked since 1997. She obtained her master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Southampton in England in 1976. Since moving to Canada that same year, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with a focus on geriatrics, rehabilitation and clinical research in the area of hearing and cognition. Marilyn Reed is currently investigating the impact of including hearing screening in the assessment protocol of a Memory Clinic; she is also providing a community-based hearing rehabilitation program for at-risk older adults.

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Virtual Comedy Magic Show: An Intergenerational Family Event

Original Air Date: Thursday, Oct 22nd, 2020 Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

Join us on Thursday, October 22 at 4 p.m. for a virtual comedy magic show! Bring your family together as Fish the Magish performs hilarious, mind-bending magic and explore how Baycrest@Home is reducing social isolation by connecting families virtually.
   

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Combating Isolation Through Self-Care in the Age of COVID-19

Original Air Date: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 Time: 12:00 noon EST

This presentation will focus on building a self-care plan to support well-being during the second wave. This is a particularly insightful talk for caregivers as COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect older adults with dementia. The presentation will also be followed by a Q&A session.
   
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Yuliya Goloida, MSW
Yuliya Goloida is a social worker in the Seniors Counselling and Referral Program. She has a Master of Social Work degree in Gerontology from the University of Toronto and has been working with older adults and caregivers for the last 5 years. Yuliya has worked at Baycrest in the inpatient rehab units of the hospital.

Yuliya is also a primary caregiver to her grandmother who has dementia. As part of her own self-care plan, Yuliya enjoys making miniature dollhouses, glassblowing, pottery, and nail art.

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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.

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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.
   
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Elaine Kohn
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Anne Max
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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.