Dr. Janet McElhaney, vice president of research and scientific director at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario, known for her work investigating Indigenous families and dementia, has been awarded award from the AGE-WELL network. AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network, and their goal is to create real-world solutions that will have a significant impact on Canadian seniors and care partners. The project that garnered this recognition was about appropriately supporting indigenous families with dementia by the way of digital story telling. This community-based initiative was designed to introduce care partners to a way of sharing experiences easily through technology. McElhaney’s thought process behind this project was the fact that storytelling is an integral way of maintaining community, validating and expressing experiences, fostering relationships, and translating knowledge, in indigenous culture. The collaboration partners involved in her project are the N'Mninoeyaa Indigenous Health Access Centre in Ontario and File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council Health Services in Saskatchewan. Dr. Alex Mihailidis, scientific director of AGE-WELL spoke about McElhaney’s recognition by stating, "This is an important and innovative research project that has strong potential to make a difference for families of people living with dementia”.
AUTHOR(S): Sudbury Star Staff
DATE RETRIEVED: December 1st, 2017