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Monday, September 29, 2014

Dementia Adventure: Wood if we could - enabling groups to benefit from visiting woods

Wood if we could - enabling groups to benefit from visiting woodlands is a practical guide for to leading group adventures for people with dementia outdoors.  The guide, written by Dementia Adventure, and is aimed at those in leadership roles, responsible for activities of people with early to moderate dementia.

The guide covers:

  • Benefits of visiting the woods
  • Barriers and solutions to getting out into woodland
  • Things to think about before a visit
  • Exploring woodlands
  • Other useful resources

The guide can be downloaded from

Friday, September 26, 2014

Improving Access To Oral Health Care For Vulnerable People Living In Canada

This report concludes a three-year evaluation by a multi-disciplinary Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) panel into the issue of access to oral health care among vulnerable groups in Canada.

The analysis of the CHMS data illustrates major inequalities in oral health and access to oral health care across social groups in Canada. Compared to the rest of the population, vulnerable groups in Canada, including "older persons" are i) less likely to have dental insurance; ii) more likely to avoid the dentist due to cost; iii) more likely to consult dentists only in emergencies; iv) more likely to have untreated dental decay, gum diseases, missing teeth, and dental pain; and v) more likely to avoid eating healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables due to oral health problems

The CAHS investigation also found that the differences in ability to access and use oral health care
makes a major contribution to inequalities in oral health status. In a wealthy country with explicit policy goals of reasonable access to health care as part of the Canada Health Act, these inequalities and the resulting inequity should be a matter of national concern.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?

Caregiving is a universal practice experienced by both men and women, however, statistics show that women seek out social support  for caregiving more often than men.  The Carers Trust and Men’s Health Forum recently carried out a survey of over 600 male caregivers to examine their experiences as a caregiver, the impact it has on their lives and to determine how social services can better support them.  The findings of the survey can be found in the report, Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?
Here are some highlights from the report:
·         Over half the male carers (53%) felt the needs of male caregivers were different to the needs of female caregivers
·         Taking on domestic tasks previously carried out by a female family member can be difficult for men
·         47.9% felt being a carer had a negative impact on their mental health
·         7 out of 10 carers said they miss out on spending time socially with other friends and family members
·         In terms of social support, male carers want to be able to access: Breaks or time away from caring; financial and benefits advice; discreet and interpersonal support for managing personal or unfamiliar tasks
To download a copy of the report, please visit

Monday, September 22, 2014

Alzheimer Society Ontario: Finding Your Way

Finding Your Way from Alzheimer Society Ontario is a program that offers practical advice on how people with dementia can stay safe while staying active. It also offers advice to people with dementia and families on how to best prepare and deal with the risk of going missing.

The website has information for individuals who have dementia, families and caregivers and community organizations.

For more information, please visit the site at

Friday, September 19, 2014

World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction

The World Alzheimer Report 2014, released September 16th by Alzheimer's Disease International, critically examines the evidence on modifiable risk factors for dementia.

Focusing on potential modifiable risk factors in four domains: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions, this report makes recommendations to drive public health campaigns and disease prevention strategies.

Additional materials at the site include video highlights of the launch; key message from the report, and a media release.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia

Written by Cindy Glover and produced by the Mental Health Foundation, Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who live with dementia provides an overview of how to set up, facilitate and manage self-help peer support groups for people with early to moderate stage dementia.  The guide is the result of a two-year project that wanted to determine whether self-help groups could improve mental health, independent living skills and delay a move to a long-term care facility for those with dementia.  Overall, the project determined that peer support groups had a positive impact on mental health, wellbeing and practical coping strategies.  Participants also improved their communication skills and management of their memory.
This resource guide is aimed at staff who have some knowledge of running peer support groups and activities and wish to run self-help groups for people with early to moderate stage dementia.  It includes background information on setting up a group, recruiting participants, how to encourage support amongst group members, handling challenges and over 50 ideas for possible activities.
To download a copy of this resource guide, please visit

Monday, September 15, 2014

Safe staffing for older people wards: RCN report and recommendation

In 2012, RCN published their recommendations for appropriate staffing for older adults in acute and long-term care facilities.  This report gives evidence-based recommendations on the range of staffing levels required for safe care, the requirement for strong leadership, high levels of training and a positive-practice environment.

To access the report and learn more about safe staffing levels please visit