January 2013

Fall 2013 Newsletter is Here!

New Webinar Available for Viewing!-

Drs. Darla Fortune and Sacha Geer have just completed a webinar with the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange!

The webinar  is calledDiscovering ‘the best of what is’ in dementia care:The second phase of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance’s Culture Change Process

Watch the webinar and download the slides!!

Register Today for the next PiDC Alliance Webinar on Culture Change!

Discovering ‘the best of what is’ in dementia care:

The second phase of the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance’s Culture Change Process

October 23rd, 2013 | 12:00  - 1:00 PM EST

Happy Thanksgiving from the PiDC Alliance!

Discovering 'the best of what is' from staff at Yee Hong!

Today marks the start of an exciting part of the Discovery phase of the Culture Change process at Yee Hong - Markham.

Multi-lingual volunteers from Yee Hong will begin interviewing staff members at Yee Hong to Discover 'the best of what is' at this Long Term Care home in Markham, Ontario.  Most of the staff at Yee Hong are native Chinese speakers, so volunteers fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and even a Hakka speaker are on hand to confidentially learn from staff members. 

New Resource! Aligning Leisure Practice with Culture Change!

Are you a recreation or leisure professional looking to incorporate the principles of Culture Change into your practice?

The Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance is proud to share information from a day-long intensive workshop created by Co-Principle Investigator Dr. Sherry Dupuis, alongside Jennifer Carson and Dr. Colleen Whyte.

This resource explains the principles of culture change, their link to leisure practice and provides all the information necessary to lead or work through your own workshop with other recreation and leisure professionals.

Contest Opportunity! Walk with me...Changing the Culture of Aging in Canada Conference

Win a trip for two to Toronto to attend the Walk with me... Conference!

Engaged Older Adults/Residents Challenge

The Engaged Older Adults/Residents Challenge is an opportunity for older adults and others residing in long-term care, as well as older adults residing in retirement/independent living, and/or in community settings to share their vision for changing the culture of aging in Canada.

The PiDC Alliance is Hopping the Pond!

Co-Prinicipal Investigator of the PiDC Alliance, Dr. Sherry Dupuis is shortly to England for two exciting talks. 

First, Dr. Dupuis will be a keynote speaker at the opening of a new Research Institute on Dementia at Southampton  on Tuesday September 10th  from 3:00pm-4:30pm.  Detail about the DARE Network and the event here.

Spreading the Word about Culture Change at Bloomington Cove

The Partnering Together for Change team at Bloomington Cove is working hard to spread the word about Culture Change.

Conference Opportunity!

Call for Sessions

Submission Deadline:  October 1st, 2013

Submission Guidelines:  http://precis2.preciscentral.com/Link.aspx?ID=2D9A2224C0FBC517

Dreaming at Yee Hong: Inclusion and Diversity in collecting stories.

At the July meeting of the Yee Hong Culture Change coalition, the group put the final touches on an interview and survey guide for staff at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric care in Markham.

The group has been working for months on identifying who they would like to target, and how, in order to gather positive stories about what works best at Yee Hong and to build on these strengths to improve dementia care for everyone involved. 

Designing for inclusion- and diversity

Inaugural Canadian Culture Change Conference!

The PiDC Alliance is so happy to be part of the organizing committee for the inaugural Canadian Culture Change Conference to be held in 2014. 

Walk with me...Changing the culture of Aging in Canada will be a two day conference, March 24-25, 2014.

Dreams for Bloomington Cove--Working on Aspiration Statements!

The Partnering Together for Change Culture Change Coalition at Bloomington Cove is Dreaming about their future together. Over the last few months, the team has been working on defining their aspiration statements and planning on sharing and gathering feedback on these from the broader Bloomington Cove community.

Soon, the team will finalize their aspiration statements and share them at a joyous event with the whole of the Bloomington Cove Community.  Stay tuned and we'll write about them here. 

PiDC Alliance at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum

This past week our Knowledge Translation Specialist, Sacha, had the opportunity to represent the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance at the Canadian Knowledge Mobilization Forum meetings in Mississauga. 

On behalf of her co-authors, Sacha talked about the ways in which we use the Appreciative Inquiry and participatory research methods in order to affect culture change for everyone involved in the dementia care process.  

Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition- Spring-ing into Discovery!

In the past two months, the Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition has been working hard and moving out of the first phase of the Appreciative Inquiry process, Dawning, and making plans for the second phase, Discovery.

Reaching for New Heights is Putting Aspiration Statements into Action!

The Reaching for New Heights Village Advisory Team (VAT) at the Village of Wentworth Heights has been very active these past few months!

The team members have worked hard to increase awareness of and continue to gather support for their chosen 'Aspirations Statements'.  The Reaching for New Heights team's aspirations include:

Partnering Together for Change is Dreaming Together

The Partnering Together for Change team at Bloomington Cover Long Term Care home in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario has finished the second Discovery phase of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process.  

Since January, the team been working hard  in the Dream phase of the AI process.

Yee Hong's February Meeting!

The members of the Yee Hong’s Culture Change Coalition (CCC) shared an afternoon of collaboration and celebration in preparation of the “Discovery” phase of their Appreciative Inquiry culture change process.  The team will enter this second phase of the journey over the course of the next several months.

Register now for our Webinar!--Registration closed

Changing the Culture of Care for Persons Living with Dementia: The first phase of The Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance Culture Change Process

Registration is now closed--the PiDC Alliance will post 

a link to the webinar as soon as possible. Thanks all 

Fun and Team-Building at Yee Hong's January Meeting

Earlier this month members of the Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition (CCC) gathered for their January meeting, which also marked the 1 year anniversary of the Coalition's creation.

A great deal has happened over the last year. The group has brought in a number of new faces from the staff at Yee Hong and is working to increase the number of family partners in care who participate in the CCC.  The group is nearing the end of the first, critical 'Dawning' phase of the Appreciative Inquiry process.

Huron County Culture Change Coalition (CCC)--January Meeting

The members of the Huron County CCC are becoming experts at data analysis!  At their January meeting, the group worked together to analyse more of the data that emerged from the data collection phase of the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) led culture change process. 

Working together, the group looked at data collected from staff at various organizations devoted to home care for persons living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in Huron County.

January is Alzheimer Awareness month!

2013 Alzheimer Awareness Month Event

Public Lecture and Exhibition


 When: Monday, January 21st, 2013 10:00 am  -  12:30 pm  (includes light refreshments)

 Where:William G. Davis Computer Research Centre DC 1302 (lecture) and DC 1301 (exhibition) University of Waterloo

This event is free and parking is available at a cost of $6 in Parking Lot M

To register call 519-888-4567, Ext. 36880 or email jluh@uwaterloo.ca.

Space is limited!

For more information on any of the PiDC Alliance initiatives, contact Sian Lockwood, Knowledge Translation Specialist.

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