Archive for April, 2013

U-First! Training Program

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

U-First! is a training program for professional caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The U-First! Program will help you:

*   Understand the behaviour changes in a person with dementia
*   Flag possible changes seen in the person
*   Interact with skill and understanding
*   Reflect and report the behaviour
*   Support the person with dementia and the family caregiver
*   Learn how to involve the Team in caring for the person with dementia

What are the results of U-First! training?

*   Increased awareness of the causes of behaviour in people
*   Improved ability to handle situations that arise
*   Increase teamwork with other staff
*   Increased professionalism
*   Increased ability to prevent responsive behaviours
*   Reduced stress

Who should attend?

This cross-sector U-First! session is targeted to people working in:

*   Developmental Services
*   Community Support Agencies
*   Seniors Services
*   Long Term Care Homes

You will have an opportunity to network and share resources with people working in different sectors.


*   Jennifer Sequeira, Regional Municipality of York, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant
*   Jane Scott, Reena, Learning & Development Supervisor


Date:  May 22, 2013

Location:  Newmarket Health Centre, 194 Eagle Street, Newmarket ON L3Y 1J6

Time:  Registration open @ 8:30 a.m. Course runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  $75.00 (includes Lunch, all materials, and a Certificate of


PLEASE NOTE there are 2 separate registration links depending on the sector you work in.

If you work in the Developmental Services Sector, please click here.
If you work in the Seniors/Long Term Care Sector, please click here.



Please direct any questions regarding this session to:

Yoyo Varga<>
905.889.2690 ext. 2228

Please visit<> for more information.




Preventing & Managing Abuse of Older Adults

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Preventing and Managing Abuse of Older Adults:
Enhancing resident’s safety and care when addressing responsive behaviours


Training Learning Objectives:

1.   Understanding and Recognizing Elder Abuse

*   learn to identify types of elder abuse specific to resident to resident abuse

*   acquire skills to identify signs andsymptoms of the various forms of elder abuse

2.  Legal and Criminal Responses:

*   gain an understanding of the provincial legislation for reporting
* review criminal code offenses of elder abuse and  reporting procedures of how and when to involve the police.

3.  Intervention Strategies

*   learn practical investigative techniques for interviewing and documenting elder abuse incidents, and risk assessment tools.

*   gain knowledge of strategies for intervening in situations to reduce the risk of harm and protect residents from abuse.


When: May 27, 2013 9:00am- 12:00pm

Where: Hillsdale Estates
590 Oshawa Blvd N, Oshawa, ON

RSVP: Registration fee: $20.00 (includes light refreshments and training materials). Registration needs to be done online click here. Any additional questons please contact Raeann Rideout (705) 745-4100 or e-mail to





11th Annual Gerontology Workshop

Posted on: April 3rd, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Join us for what promises to be a dynamic and informative workshop,offering you the opportunity to learn, network, and share best practices with colleagues and professionals in the field.

This workshop will address the complexity of Responsive Behaviours and provide you with practical skills, as well as vital new research. We will be looking at this topic as it relates to individuals with dementia, mental illness, addiction or other neurological disorders.

Date and Time: May 29th, 2013 8:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Sunshine Centre
Luther Village on the Park
139 Father David Bauer Dr, Waterloo

GIG Member – $50.00
Non- member – $75.00
Student – $40.00
Senior (65+) – $ 40.00

Registration: Please call 519-893-8494 x 6500 or email




A Healing Approach to Elder Abuse — Video

Posted on: April 1st, 2013 by Chloe Hamilton

Please view the video listed below. This video, hosted by Arlene Groh is very informative and showcases healing and restoration.