January 2015

Winter 2015 Newsletter

LIVING Well With Dementia Video

The PiDC Alliance Presents
LIVING Well with Dementia

Created in partnership with the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance Advisory Group of persons living with dementia and their family members, LIVING Well with Dementia speaks to what it means for persons with dementia and their care partners to live well with dementia.


We would like to acknowledge all those involved in making the video, including:

  • The PiDC Alliance Advisory Group.

Working Together to Enhance Dementia Support in Huron County

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On September 26, 2015 the Huron County Partners for Dementia Support held an event with persons with dementia, partners in care (including family members, health care organizations and government representatives) to learn more about how we can work to enhance dementia care in Huron County.

Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition – My reflections as a participant by George Hoo Sue

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Yee Hong Culture Change Coalition
My reflections as a participant by George Hoo Sue

Back in late 2011, I was invited by Amy Go, Executive Director of Yee Hong to participate in a study group. The group would be part of the PiDC Alliance ongoing research on changing the culture in dementia care, hence the name – Yee Hong Culture Change
Coalition. While we were waiting to start our first meeting in January 2012, Jenny Ploeg (research lead at Yee Hong) and I had a brief discussion on the timelines of this study and the Appreciative Inquiry method. I recall back then I was skeptical that it should take 5 years or more for some desired objectives to be implemented. I am coming from a corporate business background where results tend to be more important than processes.

Call for Sessions Walk with me Conference March 2016

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Walk with Me Culture Change Conference
Call for Sessions - 1 MONTH LEFT!

Submission Deadline: 
September 15, 2015, 11:59pm MT

The Willowgrove Dream Weavers Discovery Launch

The Willowgrove Dream Weavers Culture Change Committee hosted a Discovery launch at Chartwell's Willowgrove Long-term care home on July 8th.

Cracked new light on dementia and the power of story telling

Actor, Jason Chesworth, shares his experiences of working on Cracked: new light on dementia and the power of story-telling.

I've been an actor for over 20 years now and I've never worked on a play that has had such a profound impact on its audience before.

Cracked new light on dementia video

We recently released our new Cracked new light on dementia video! Credit and thanks go to the Collective Disruption group and video-grapher Anthony Grani. Cracked new light on dementa website


Persons with dementia and their caregivers needed for study on health care system improvements

Call for participants - Persons with dementia and their caregivers needed for study on health care system improvements

Persons with dementia and their caregivers are needed to provide input to better understand the coordination of care for individuals in the health care system. Participation in this University of Waterloo study would involve taking part in an interview (either one on one or in a pair consisting of a person with dementia and a caregiver). 

The interview would last approximately 45 minutes and would be held in a private setting of your choice.

“It was like reading a detective novel”: Using PAR to work together for culture change.

Our research team recently published “It was like reading a detective novel”: Using PAR to work together for culture change
Darla Fortune, , Janet McKeown, Sherry Dupuis, Lorna de Witt.

Journal of Aging Studies

Volume 34, August 2015, Pages 38–47.

Dr. Sherry Dupuis presents poster at ADI 2015

On Aligning Dementia Care Practices with Relational Theory:
Examples from the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance.


Dr. Sherry L. Dupuis, Dr. Carrie McAiney, Susan Brown, Dr. Jennifer Carson, Dr. Lorna de Witt, Dr. Darla Fortune, Sian Lockwood, Kimberly Lopez, Janet McKeown, Dr. Jenny Ploeg, Kristie Wiedenfeld.

Cracked: New Light on Dementia Performances in January 2015

The Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance, University of Waterloo is thrilled to announce the production of ‘Cracked: new light on dementia’ which will present at multiple locations across the greater Toronto area in January 2015 for Alzheimer Awareness Month. See performance dates and locations for details.

‘Cracked’ follows Elaine Carter, diagnosed with dementia, as she and her family grapple with what the weighty diagnosis means. But Elaine pushes her children to see her as she really is, cracks and all. ‘Cracked’ casts new light on dementia to help us embrace the imperfections that define each of us, to envision new possibilities for relating, and to recognize and honour the individuality of those living with dementia.

Through dynamic physicality, complex storytelling and original music, Cracked’ is a vibrant piece of theatre that is intricate, engaging and filled with humour.

Developed together by a group of health researchers and artists, in regular collaboration with people with dementia and their family members, ‘Cracked is grounded in the idea that relationships must be front and centre when providing care for persons with dementia, memory in all of its forms must be valorized, self-expression must be nurtured, and the humanity of those who are living with dementia must be fully supported. The play has toured to long term care homes and been the keynote at a National Conference on changing the culture of care in Canada in the Ontario and Greater Toronto regions to great success.

‘Cracked’ has been hailed as “a ray of light” by Stratford’s Beacon Herald, as well as rave reviews from audience members.

Cracked’ features a strong ensemble of Susan Applewhaite, Lori Nancy Kalamanski, Tim Machin, Mary Ellen MacLean, Claire Frances Muir, Jason Chesworth and David Talbot. Researchers on the project are Drs Sherry Dupuis, Gail Mitchell, Christine Jonas-Simpson, Pia Kontos. Primary Playwright and Director, Julia Gray. Stage Management by Elizabeth McDermott, dramaturgy and assistant direction by Aynsley Moorhouse, music direction by Tim Machin, set and costume designs by Lindsay Anne Black.

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

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