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McGill Cares Webcasts

To help support family caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis, we launched a weekly webcast series, McGill Cares. During these candid, 30-minute interviews with leading experts, Claire Webster explores topics related to caring for a loved one with dementia.


Upcoming Webcasts


Join us on May 26, 2021 at noon for the next webcast in our biweekly series, McGill Cares

Living Well with Dementia

Mary-Beth Wighton is an advocate for people living with dementia and a pioneer to advance the rights of persons with dementia. Ms. Wighton is involved in numerous cross-sector projects involving research and policy development, including being a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia and of the Alzheimer Society of Canada Dementia and COVID-19 Task Force. She is co-chair of Dementia Advocacy Canada and is a part-time Behavioural Supports Ontario Lived Experience Facilitator. She has just released her first book: Dignity & Dementia: Carpe Diem. My journals of living with dementia.

Roger Marple has made it his mission to dispel myths about the disease and the stigma associated with dementia. He demonstrates in his life that, despite the challenges, it is possible to live well with dementia. Mr. Marple is a member of the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s advisory group to help raise awareness of the needs of people with dementia, including the specific needs of people living with young onset and/or early-stage dementia. He also serves on the board of directors of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and is active in supporting dementia research in Canada.

Ms. Wighton was diagnosed in 2012 with probable frontotemporal dementia at the age of 45 and Mr. Marple was diagnosed in 2015 with Alzheimer’s disease with vascular components at the age of 57. They will share what it’s like to receive such a diagnosis and how they have come to terms with it and continue to live full and meaningful lives. They will also talk about how their advocacy work on behalf of persons living with dementia contributes to their own well-being.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation from Ryan and Dominique Lynam in memory of their wonderful nanas, Stella Pearson and Muriel Wilson.

This webcast is free and open to the public.

Click here beginning at 12:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, May 26.


Past Webcasts


A Prescription of Care following a Diagnosis of Dementia

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia is a difficult reality for both the patient and their care partner, and a lack of knowledge about dementia can have a significant impact on the quality of care and safety.

In this special 60-minute edition of McGill Cares, Claire Webster will be joined by Dr. José Morais as she describes her journey as a caregiver to her mother and shares some very important lessons that she learned along the way. She will describe the ripple effect that being a caregiver had on her own health, family and career, and talk about the resilience required to recover from a severe burnout. Claire and Dr. Morais will share “A Prescription of Care” following a diagnosis of dementia.

Claire Webster is a Certified Alzheimer Care Consultant (PAC), Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), and conference speaker and educator in the field of caring for an individual with dementia. She is the founder of the McGill University Dementia Program and host of McGill Cares.

Dr. José Morais is the Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital. He is also co-Director of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging and is the Academic Lead of the Dementia Education Program.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation from Ryan and Dominique Lynam in memory of their wonderful nanas, Stella Pearson and Muriel Wilson.

This webcast is also available in FRENCH

May 12, 2021


The Care of the Older Person – An Invaluable Resource for Care Providers

Thanks to extraordinary advances in technology and medicine, humans are living longer than ever before, and are shifting the demographic makeup on a worldwide scale. As a result, more of us are living and engaging with an aging population in both our personal and professional lives, and there is a heightened demand for concrete research and advice for how to best provide care for this growing demographic.

The Care of the Older Person brings together some of today’s most experienced professionals to provide concrete answers to care providers of all kinds, from the administrators and health care professionals who operate and staff health care facilities and housing for seniors, to the spouses, friends and children who care for them informally. Most importantly, this book is also for seniors who want to feel empowered at this stage of their life.

Drs. José Morais, Serge Gauthier, Abraham Fuks and Ronald Caplan will join Claire Webster to discuss the latest edition of The Care of the Older Person and their contributions to the 4th edition of this book which is now available on Amazon.

  • Dr. José Morais is a Professor in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Lead of the Dementia Education Program at McGill University, and Co-Director of Quebec Network for Research on Aging.
  • Dr. Abraham Fuks is a Professor of Medicine and a former Dean of in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • Dr. Serge Gauthier is the Director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Unit at the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, and a Professor in the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Medicine at McGill University.
  • Dr. Ronald Caplan is Clinical Associate Professor Emeritus Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and a medical author.
  • Claire Webster is a Certified Alzheimer Care Consultant, Certified Professional Consultant on Aging, as well as a conference speaker and educator in the field of caring for an individual with dementia. She contributed a chapter titled “Navigating the journey of dementia as a caregiver”.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.

April 21, 2021


Frontotemporal Dementia and Managing Challenging Behaviour

Dr. Simon Ducharme is a neuropsychiatrist and a clinician-scientist at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). He specializes in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and the interface between psychiatric disorders and dementia. His research program uses advanced neuroimaging techniques to develop diagnostic biomarkers for FTD. Dr. Ducharme is the Director of the McGill Division of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neuropsychiatry and the Director of the American Neuropsychiatric Association Committee on Research.

Dr. Ducharme will speak about FTD and how it differs from other forms of dementia. He will address the types of behavioral changes caused by FTD, how they may evolve as the disease progresses, and ways of dealing with these types of changes.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.

April 7, 2021


A Journey through the Diagnosis of Dementia

Dr. Serge Gauthier is the Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Unit of the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging, and Professor in the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Medicine at McGill University. He is leading the initiative to produce the next two editions of the World Alzheimer Reports on the crucial and inter-related topics of Diagnosis (2021) and Post-Diagnostic Support (2022). Dr. Gauthier was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 and the Ordre National du Québec in 2017 in recognition of his contributions to advancing our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and for fostering the development of research networks.

Dr. Gauthier will provide a detailed presentation on the signs and symptoms of dementia. He will discuss how to best to prepare for the first medical appointment and what to expect, how a diagnosis is made through various tests, and what individuals and care partners need to do immediately following a diagnosis of dementia.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.

This webcast is available in either English (below) or French (youtu.be/yFDziwtFaL8).

March 24, 2021


What to Expect from your Telemedicine Appointment

Dr. Maiya Geddes is a clinician-scientist at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University. She sees patients at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging. The goal of Dr. Geddes’ research is to determine the brain mechanisms underlying the interaction between motivation and cognition in aging.

Dr. Geddes will explain how to prepare for a telemedicine appointment and provide insight on what to expect.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation from Ryan and Dominique Lynam in memory of their wonderful nanas, Stella Pearson and Muriel Wilson.

March 17, 2021


Activities to Engage Persons with Advanced Dementia

Joyce Simard, MSW, is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney Australia, and the patron and founder of Namaste Care International. She has been involved in long-term care for over 40 years, serving as Alzheimer’s specialist for many healthcare companies that provide services in skilled nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospice organizations throughout the world.

Ms. Simard will discuss Namaste Care, a program of person-centered activities offered to people with advanced dementia or when a person is at the end of life. All interaction is offered in a calm, peaceful environment with an unhurried loving approach. It is offered in a small group setting or taken to the bedside as an individual activity in a nursing home, assisted living community or hospice organization. During the pandemic, the Namaste Care Individual program has helped to ease the isolation in care homes where groups have been cancelled and visitors have not been allowed in the home.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.

March 10, 2021


The World Health Organization’s Dementia Strategy

Stéfanie Fréel is a consultant in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use at the World Health Organization (WHO). She works with governments, civil society, academia and people with lived experience to raise awareness of dementia, and to structure national policies, strengthen health information systems, and produce normative guidance, tools and resources that aim to inform national policy and programmatic implementation.

Ms Fréel will talk about the WHO’s contribution to the understanding of dementia and dementia care around the world. She will discuss the WHO Global Action Plan on Dementia, and iSupport for Dementia.

This webcast is made possible thanks to a donation from Ryan and Dominique Lynam in memory of their wonderful nanas, Stella Pearson and Muriel Wilson.

February 24, 2021


Celebrating a Lifetime of Heart Resilience

In this special edition of McGill CaresClaire Webster aims to raise awareness about the impact of cardiovascular disease during Heart Month. She will be joined by Dr. Jacqueline Joza, Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Assistant Professor of medicine at the McGill University Health Centre, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of her sixth pacemaker surgery, which took place on February 6, 2020. Claire has suffered from a variety of cardiac issues since she was 16 years old, and had her first pacemaker surgery at the age of 19. Despite many years of challenging cardiac health issues, she has led a very fulfilling and active life, including playing tennis at a competitive level for many years.

Claire is a long-term patient of the Montreal General Hospital and is extremely grateful for the attention and care that she receives from the Cardiac Electrophysiology Department. Cardiovascular disease can impact anyone at any time, especially women, and it is important to never take our health for granted. Claire is a living example of "heart" resilience!

Dr. Joza cares for patients with both general and inherited arrhythmias and has a special interest in ablation of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, leadless pacemaker implantation, and novel techniques in defibrillator implantation. Her current research focuses on physiologic pacing, familial sick sinus syndrome, and atrial fibrillation.

This webcast is made possible thanks to a donation from Claire and Stuart Webster.

February 17, 2020


Language and Communication with Persons Living with Dementia

Noémie Auclair-Ouellet, PhD., is a Speech-Language Pathologist and professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She leads the Communication Strategic Group from the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (FRQS-REPAR). She works with people living with mild cognitive impairment and dementia, as well as those with aphasia following a stroke. Her research focuses on the interaction between language, other domains of cognition, and the global clinical profile in aphasia, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Auclair-Ouellet will speak about the types of changes in the ability to communicate that a person with dementia might experience, interventions that can help retain the ability to use language and the best ways to support conversation with a person with dementia.

This webcast is made possible thanks to a donation from Ryan and Dominique Lynam in memory of their wonderful nanas, Stella Pearson and Muriel Wilson.

February 10, 2021


Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Julie Scorah, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University and Associate Director of the Azrieli Centre for Autism Research (ACAR). Dr. Scorah is a Neurophychologist whose areas of expertise include the assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Dr. Scorah will speak about the signs and symptoms of autism spectrum disorders, how they are diagnosed and available treatments. She will also address how family and friends can best support someone living on the autism spectrum, what the general population should know about autism, and what support services are available for adults on the spectrum and for parents of autistic children.

 We would like to thank the Lindsay Memorial Foundation for sponsoring this episode of McGill Cares.

 January 27, 2021 


Recognizing when Coping Mechanisms become Addictions

Dr. David Luckow is a family physician at the Montreal West Island CIUSSS in their youth mental health clinic, and a clinical lecturer at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the head physician at the Centre de réadaptation en dépendance de Montréal, a public drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre. As a certified Medical Review Officer, he provides drug-test reviewing services and independent medical evaluations.

Dr. Luckow will address issues related to the use of alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism. He will discuss how to recognize when this is becoming a problem, and will share information about treatment options.

We would like to thank the Lindsay Memorial Foundation for sponsoring this episode of McGill Cares.

January 20, 2021


Understanding and Caring for a Person with Depression

Dr. Gustavo Turecki is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, Scientific Director at the Douglas Institute Research Centre and Psychiatrist‐in‐Chief at the Montreal West Island CIUSSS. Dr. Turecki uses epidemiological, clinical, psychosocial and basic research approaches to advance knowledge on mechanisms leading to suicide and suicidal behaviour. His laboratory has contributed to the investigation of the mechanisms of anti-depressant response. In addition to his research, Dr. Turecki is involved in local, national and international leadership in research, intervention and knowledge transfer in the field of suicide and depression.

Dr. Turecki will speak about the signs and symptoms of depression, how it is diagnosed and available treatments. He will address the relationship between depression and dementia, and will discuss how family and friends can best support someone suffering from depression.

We would like to thank the Lindsay Memorial Foundation for sponsoring this episode of McGill Cares.

 January 13, 2021


To view more webcasts from 2020, CLICK HERE.


For more information about the McGill Dementia Education Program or to make a donation, please visit www.mcgill.ca/dementia. If you have specific topics or questions that you would like us to address during our weekly webcasts, please email us at dementia [at] mcgill.ca (subject: McGill%20Cares%20Webcast%20Series%20) .

Read Claire Webster's blog, A Caregiver's Crusade.

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