Article submitted on the behalf of the author, Eilon Caspi Ph.D.
Please have a look at this article documenting the importance of getting to know the life history of those diagnosed. While most of us intuitively and anecdotally know the importance of knowing a person's life story, this article "Why Do We Need to Know the Early Life-History of Older Persons With Dementia?" provides a compilation of resources that reinforces the features and benefits of taking the time to get to know those we work with.
We are writing today to tell you about the coming change to the CDRAKE team. For several years now, the three of us: Liz Lusk, Megan Harris and Sarah Webster (nee Clark), from Gestalt Collective, have been providing knowledge brokering and network development services to CDRAKE. Over the next few weeks we will be wrapping up our contract with CDRAKE and transitioning this support over to CDRAKE’s new Knowledge Mobilization Lead & Project Coordinator, Jillian McConnell.
Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementia is the leading cause of memory dysfunction in our aging population. With the reports that by the year 2030 there will be 1 in 3 people over the age of 65, the increase of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia will also increase.
With the increase of students partying, and leading lives that can damage the brain, it is important to also know the risks that can be prevented when we are young to help us when we are older, like exercise, diet, and stimulation of the mind.
The Caregiver Toolkit (www.caregivertoolkit.ca) offers a ‘one-stop shop’ of evidence-informed resources for those working with caregivers, either directly or indirectly. It has been developed by the BC Psychogeriatric Association with a contribution from the Government of Canada.