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McGill Cares Webcasts

To help support family caregivers during the COVID-19 crisis, we launched a 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 July 6, 2022 at 12 pm EDT for the next McGill Cares webcast to support informal caregivers. 

What Role Does Genetics Play in Dementia? 

Pedro Rosa-Neto and Laura RobbLaura Robb, MSc, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor at the McGill Research Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA), where she contacts families to assess their risk of hereditary types of dementia, informs them of implications and guides them towards appropriate medical follow-up. She is also involved in recruiting people from identified families into the Registry on Early Onset Alzheimer Disease in Canada and into the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN).  Pedro Rosa-Neto, MD, is Director of the MCSA.  He is a clinical neurologist with expertise in the quantification of dementia patho-physiology and preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using biomarkers. 

Ms. Robb and Dr. Rosa-Neto will speak about genetic testing to assess the risk of hereditary types of dementia. They will address the role of genetics in the development of dementia, the benefits and challenges of genetic testing, the process for genetic screening and what happens when someone tests positive.   

To watch this webcast, click here beginning at 12 pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at which time the link will become public and available. 


Past Webcasts


Language Difficulties in Normal Aging and Dementia 

Paolo Vitali, MDPaolo Vitali, MD is a board-certified neurologist and neuropsychologist and an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a neurologist at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging and at the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.  His research focuses on atypical dementia patients who present with language disorders (Primary Progressive Aphasia).  

Dr. Vitali will speak about language difficulties in normal aging and in dementia, explaining how they differ and why they occur. He will also discuss the potential impact of current research on treatment options.

This episode of McGill Cares will also be available in French. 

June 22, 2022 - English

le 22 juin 2022 - français


Managing Sexual Behaviour in Dementia 

Lucy BarylakLucy Barylak, MSW, is a social gerontology consultant for the CIUSSS-West-Central Montreal and a graduate of the McGill University School of Social Work, where she is also a liaison supervisor. 

Ms. Barylak has developed evidence-based training for seniors and caregivers, and she lectures in the field of social gerontology and knowledge transfer.  She facilitates “Dear Lucy,” an online show funded by the WellMed Foundation in the U.S. that listeners can call in to seek support and ask questions regarding topics related to caregiving. She was the founder and long-standing manager of the Caregiver Support Centre at the CLSC Rene-Cassin, a multi-service respite centre for family and informal caregivers. Ms. Barylak received the Queen’s Jubilee Award for her role in developing a national coalition to support caregivers across Canada.  

Ms. Barylak will address the topic of sexual behaviour in dementia and will discuss how to manage situations that can be uncomfortable for caregivers to talk about. 

June 8, 2022


A Wife’s Journey of Love, Devotion and Caregiving Challenges 

Mrs. Linda GrossmanLinda Grossman graduated from the University of Toronto in 1961 as a registered dental hygienist. She is the author of six children’s books that she wrote for the Toronto Child Abuse Centre. She became a passionate advocate for people living with dementia while caring for her husband, Dr. S. William “Mickey” Grossman. She serves on several boards and councils related to aging, including the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging’s (CCNA) Engagement of People with Lived Experience of Dementia.   

Mrs. Grossman will speak about her journey as a caregiver to her husband and the ripple effect it had on her own mental health. She will share what she has learned about the plight of seniors in hospitals and long-term care facilities, and other important lessons from her hands-on experience with dementia care. 

June 1, 2022


Having Conversations about Advance Care Planning 

Prof. Tamara SussmanTamara Sussman, PhD, is Associate Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. She has worked with adults and families to manage health-related issues in both hospital and community settings for more than 10 years. Professor Sussman’s research focuses on how health services and systems impact older adults and their family members. 

Professor Sussman will speak about how to broach the sensitive topic of end-of-life planning with someone in the early stages of dementia.  She will discuss research that shows that having these conversations can empower people living with dementia and help support families and friends. 

May 25, 2022


Interview with Celebrity Caregiver Chloé Sainte-Marie

Chloé Sainte-MarieActor and singer Chloé Sainte-Marie was a caregiver to her life partner, Gilles Carle, and is an advocate for caregivers in Quebec.  Her new album, Maudit Silence, will be released in September 2022.   

Chloé Sainte-Marie will share her own caregiving journey and how it led to her founding La Fondation Maison Gilles-Carle.  She will answer questions about the services provided at the various Maison Gilles-Carle centres located throughout the province, and explain how Quebec caregivers can access their services. 

This webcast is in French.

May 11, 2022


Optimizing Brain Health Throughout Life and after a Diagnosis of Dementia 

Dr. Lesley FellowsLesley Fellows, MD is a neurologist and Professor in the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). Her clinic at The Neuro provides care to people living with a range of cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as young-onset and other less common forms of dementia. She is head of the Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group at The Neuro, a theme leader for the Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives initiative at McGill, and serves as Vice Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. 

Dr. Fellows will talk about the brain, how it works and how to keep it working as optimally as possible, even after a diagnosis of dementia. 

April 27, 2022


 

A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease with Jay Ingram 

Jay IngramJay Ingram is a science broadcaster and writer. He has hosted two national science programs, Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio and Daily Planet on Discovery Channel Canada, and has written nineteen books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers' Awards.  Mr. Ingram has six honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada. From 2005-2015, heJay Ingram chaired the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre.  He is currently one of the hosts of the podcast Anthropomania. 

His book, The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s, was published in 2014. 

Mr. Ingram will talk about what compelled him to write about Alzheimer’s disease and share what science is teaching us about the brain and memory and whether we might ever find a cure for this disease.  

April 20, 2022


Teepa SnowInsights from the Founder of Positive Approach to Care® 

Ms. Teepa Snow is an occupational therapist with over forty years of rich and varied clinical and academic experience.  Her company, Positive Approach to Care® provides online and in-person education and products. Ms. Snow presents extraordinary expertise and humour to audiences throughout the world. 

Ms. Snow will speak about how her experiences as an occupational therapist led her to the development of Positive Approach to Care®, including the principles behind it and why she developed it.  She will also speak about the biggest challenges facing caregivers during pandemic times. 

This episode of McGill Cares was made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

April 13, 2022


Understanding Responsive Behaviours in People Living with Dementia 

Catherine Talbot-Hamon, MDCMCatherine Talbot-Hamon, MDCM is an attending physician in Geriatric Medicine at the Montreal General Hospital site of the McGill University Health Centre. Her research interests are preoperative assessment and care optimization of older patients undergoing cardiac and other surgical procedures.   

Dr. Talbot-Hamon will discuss challenging behaviours caused by dementia, explain why they can occur and provide insight on how to address them.

This presentation was offered in French. An English webcast on the same topic with Dr. Donald Doell aired on October 6, 2021.

March 30, 2022


Rethinking Long-Term Care for Older Adults 

Moira WelshMoira Welsh is an award-winning investigative reporter with the Toronto Star who has written extensively on issues facing seniors, with a focus on long-term care, as well as on issues related to social justice, health and the environment.  Ms. Welsh is the author of Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care, about evolving ways to live in our later years. 

Ms. Welsh will share information about what she’s learned from her years of investigating retirement homes and long-term care facilities in Canada and around the world. She will talk about positive alternatives to what we understand as the norm for long-term care and share ideas about how we can revolutionize care so that seniors can live out their days in dignity and with purpose, energy and love. 

This episode of McGill Cares was made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

March 16, 2022


Understanding Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia with Lewy Bodies 

Dr. Madeleine SharpDr. Madeleine Sharp is a neurologist specializing in movement disorders.  Dr. Sharp’s research goal is to develop more precise models of cognitive dysfunction in patients, grounded in neurobiology, in order to develop and reliably test new behavioural and pharmacologic therapies. 

Dr. Sharp will speak about Lewy body dementia, its relationship to Parkinson’s disease, and how it differs from other forms of dementia. She will address types of body movement and behavioural changes caused by Lewy body dementia, 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 by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

March 2, 2022


Understanding the Impact of Atrial Fibrillation 

Dr. Jacqueline JozaIn recognition of Heart Month, Claire Webster aims to raise awareness about one of the most common cardiac diseases, atrial fibrillation – its symptoms, causes and treatment. She will be joined by Dr. Jacqueline Joza, Cardiac Electrophysiologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre, to celebrate an issue very close to her own heart. Despite many years of challenging cardiac health issues, Claire has led a very fulfilling and active life.  She 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 Program. 

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 episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation by Claire and Stuart Webster. 

February 16, 2022


End-of-Life Care in Dementia 

Dr. Catherine FerrierDr. Catherine Ferrier will speak about caring for people with dementia as the end-of-life approaches. She will explain the evolution of the disease and how to plan ahead to ensure an effective palliative approach in care. She will also reflect on the experience of grief at different stages of the evolution of a loved one’s dementia. 

Dr. Ferrier is a family physician and holds a Certificate of Special Competence in Care of the Elderly from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She works in the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the McGill University Health Centre, where her focus is on cognitive disorders and assessment of decision-making capacity. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

February 2, 2022


Navigating Long-Term Care Options 

Matt Del VecchioMr. Matt Del Vecchio is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA).  He is the owner of Lianas Senior Transition Support, which provides families with guidance and support in navigating home care and senior living communities.  Mr. Del Vecchio is also co-host of a popular weekly radio show, Life Unrehearsed on CJAD800 in Montreal and writes for The Suburban newspaper as their Seniors and Aging columnist.   

Mr. Del Vecchio will answer questions about senior living accommodations, the processes for getting a spot and how they are evolving as a result of the recent surge in cases of COVID-19.  He will delve into what to look for when selecting a residence and the challenges that families and friends face when having to make the decision to transition a person in their care to a residential facility. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

January 26, 2022


Pharmacologic Management of Dementia 

Photo of Dr. Serge GauthierDr. Serge Gauthier is a clinical neurologist specializing in the development of new tools for diagnosis and treatments for people living with Alzheimer’s disease. He was the Director of the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging from 1986 to 1997 and became a senior scientist of the CIHR-Rx&D program (Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies) in 1997. Dr. Gauthier is the Academic Co-Lead for the Dementia Education Program and Professor Emeritus, Neurology and Psychiatry at McGill University. His accomplishments led to him being appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 and the National Order of Québec in 2017. 

Dr. Gauthier will provide up-to-date information on the medications that are used to treat dementia. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

This episode is available in both English and French.

January 19, 2022 


How the Alzheimer's Society of Montreal Supports People Living with Dementia and Care Partners  

Jeane Day and Marie Christine Le BourdaisMcGill Cares is recognizing Alzheimer’s Awareness Month 2022 by inviting the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to share information about their services. 

Jeane Day has been the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal (ASM) since January 2021. She has a strong background in the health care and non-profit sectors. Marie Christine Le Bourdais is Director of Programs and Services at the ASM.  She has a degree in gerontology and nearly 20 years of experience working with seniors. For the past decade, her work has focused on clients with neurocognitive disorders, family care partners and professionals in the health and social services network. 

Ms. Day and Ms. Le Bourdais will speak about the ASM’s state-of-the-art intervention, care and support services and how they help people in Montreal live well with dementia. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation

January 5, 2022


Using Technology and Tools to Support Independent Living for Older Adults

Ron BelenoRon Beleno is an advocate for dementia, caregiving, aging, and research communities. While caring for his father who was living with dementia, Mr. Beleno developed an expertise in the use of technology, community and access to research to support his family to live as well as possible at home.

He is currently an active member, advisor, and mentor to numerous organizations and educational institutions, including AGE-WELL NCE, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation at Baycrest, the City of Toronto’s Seniors Strategy, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Translational Research Program at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine.

Mr. Beleno will speak about how technologies can be used to help seniors age well at home.

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible thanks to a donation from the Zeller Family Foundation.

December 22, 2021


Anticipatory Grief in Dementia 

Corrie SirotaCorrie Sirota is a clinical social worker and sessional lecturer at the McGill School of Social Work who specializes in loss, bereavement and stress management. She is the co-host of the weekly radio show “Life Unrehearsed” on CJAD and the author of Someone Died...Now What? A Personal and Professional Perspective on Coping with Loss and Grief.  

Ms. Sirota will explain anticipatory grief, how it can manifest, why it occurs frequently with dementia and how to cope with it. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by the Zeller Family Foundation

December 15, 2022


New Series of Exercise Videos Promotes Healthy Aging 

Photo of Dr. Jose A MoraisThe senior adult fitness exercises (safe) program is designed to improve the health, mobility and independence of seniors.  Safe is a series of exercise videos to help older adults gain strength, balance and flexibility to prevent falling and increase confidence to keep moving.  

Dr. José A. Morais is the Director of Geriatric Medicine at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital.  He is also the Academic Lead of the Dementia Education Program.   

Dr. Morais is the creator of the safe program.  He will talk about the importance of fitness to prevent falls and promote healthy aging, explain why he created the video series, and share a sneak preview. 

Safe was funded by the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.  It is bilingual and available for free at www.safe-seniors.com

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by the Zeller Family Foundation

December 1, 2021


Elle FlandersLessons from the End-of-life Journey of one of Canada’s Palliative Care Trailblazers 

What happened when one of Canada's earliest promoters of palliative care, Kappy Flanders, was faced with her own mortality? Was she able to pass along lessons in dying to those closest to her?  

In this webcast, Claire Webster speaks with Elle Flanders, the youngest of Kappy’s children who, along with her sisters, cared for their mother at home until her last breath. Elle will share insights from her mother’s final days, including one of the hardest topics in life, how to talk to one another about dying. 

Elle Flanders is an award-winning filmmaker, artist and activist who has exhibited her work across the globe.  She is currently active with the Kappy and Eric Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine as well as the Council on Palliative Care, and is an executive member of the International Congress on Palliative Care. 

This episode of McGill Cares is made possible by the Zeller Family Foundation

November 17, 2021


Keeping Your Brain Engaged with the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning

Ana MilicAna Milic is a Montreal-based educator, community organizer and lifelong learner. She is responsible for all aspects of programming, administration and development at the McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL), an initiative of the McGill School of Continuing Studies for mature learners who wish to continue learning simply for the joy of it.

Ms. Milic will share information on the peer-moderated study groups and lectures offered by the MCLL.

This episode of McGill Cares is dedicated to the memory of Gerhard Hasse.​ Thank you to his family for their generous donation.​

 November 3, 2021


Launch of a New Educational Guide for People Living with Dementia and their Care Partners

We are thrilled to announce that on October 20, we will launch a free new McGill educational resource: Dementia, Your Companion Guide. With engaging illustrations and a friendly writing style, this approachable guide covers a wide array of topics to assist both the person living with dementia and their care partners. It includes information on the science and progression of dementia as well as practical advice on safety and self-care.

The guide was created by the multidisciplinary McGill Dementia Education Program (DEP) team, with content provided by former caregiver Ms. Claire Webster, geriatrician Dr. José A. Morais and neurologist Dr. Serge Gauthier. The booklet was made possible thank to a generous donation of $250,000 from the Grace Dart Foundation.

During this special edition of McGill Cares, Elise Nesbitt, President of the Grace Dart Foundation, will be joined by the following members of the DEP team who are leading this initiative to introduce this new educational offering that will be available in English and French, online and in print.

  • Ms. Elise Nesbitt is an entrepreneur and board member of various Montreal non-profit organizations. Recently, she has focused most of her attention on the aging population within the Montreal community and the grass-roots organizations that are finding solutions and services to meet their needs.
  • Dr. Serge Gauthier is Professor Emeritus in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and former Director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging.
  • Dr. José A. Morais is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre and the Jewish General Hospital.
  • Professor Isabelle Gélinas is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University.

October 20, 2021


Understanding Responsive Behaviours in People with Dementia

Dr. Donald Doell practices geriatric medicine at the McGill University Health Centre and is an Assistant Professor in the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. He was recently appointed Medical Director, Advanced Practice Nursing / Nurse Practitioner – Adult Care Programs at the Ingram School of Nursing. Dr. Doell is particularly interested in dementia care and has worked with many of the leading experts in neurology, psychiatry and geriatrics in Canada.

He will explain challenging behaviours caused by dementia and provide insight on how to address these behaviours.

We would like to thank the Zeller Family Foundation for sponsoring this episode of McGill Cares.

October 6, 2021


McGill team delivers World Alzheimer Report 2021: Journey through the diagnosis of dementia

Diagnosis of dementia is still a major challenge globally, with an estimated 75% of cases still going undiagnosed and long wait times.

A team of McGill experts, led by Drs. Pedro Rosa-Neto, Serge Gauthier, José A. Morais and Ms. Claire Webster, were commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to deliver the World Alzheimer Report 2021, Journey through the diagnosis of dementia.

The McGill team’s combined experience and expertise in research, care, education and lived experience in dementia-related illnesses has resulted in a tangible, meaningful and inclusive report on the diagnosis of dementia. It includes over 50 essays from leading experts around the world, and is supported by findings from three key surveys sent globally to clinicians, people with dementia and their care partners, and national Alzheimer and dementia associations.

We invite you to learn more about this report, which shines a light on a pivotal moment in the evolution of diagnostics and potential treatment breakthroughs.

The World Alzheimer Report 2021 was launched on World Alzheimer Day, September 21 and is now available on the Alzheimer’s Disease International website. You can also watch the ADI launch webinar that aired on September 21.

On this special episode of McGill Cares, the four McGill co-editors of the report will be joined by Chris Lynch, ADI’s Deputy CEO and Director of Policy, Communications and Publications, to discuss the key findings of this report.

September 22, 2021


The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders

Photo of journalist Mr. André PicardMr. André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of six books. He was named Canada’s top newspaper columnist in 2020 and is a recipient of the prestigious Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism and the Owen Adams Award of Honour, the highest award granted to a non-physician by the Canadian Medical Association in recognition of his contributions to advancing medical and health education among the Canadian public.

Mr. Picard will share the findings in his current bestseller, Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic. He will discuss what can and must be done to improve the state of care for a vulnerable population with complex needs and reduced ability to advocate for themselves.

We would like to thank the Zeller Family Foundation for sponsoring this episode of McGill Cares.

September 8, 2021


Understanding Early Onset Dementia

Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychiatry at McGill University and the Director of the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging. He was recently named Adjunct Professor at the Department of Biomedical Science and Engineering at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology. He is a Clinical Neurologist with expertise in the quantification of dementia pathophysiology and preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease using biomarkers. He has been recognized by the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) as a Senior Scholar and has a leadership role in the Team II Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR-CCNA).

Dr. Rosa-Neto will speak about early onset dementia, focusing on how and when it is diagnosed, the specific issues faced by those receiving the diagnosis, whether any measures can be taken to delay progression and possible treatments on the horizon.

July 7, 2021


The Importance of Sleep to Cognitive Health

Dr. Thien Thanh Dang-Vu, Professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at Concordia University, is a neurologist with expertise in sleep medicine. He is also an attending neurologist and the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM), an Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University, the Vice-President (Research) of the Canadian Sleep Society (CSS), a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Université de Montréal. His expertise includes human sleep physiology, sleep disorders and the use of neuroimaging in sleep research.

Dr. Dang-Vu will speak about the relationship between sleep and cognitive health. He will address what constitutes good sleep, how much we need to stay healthy and how we can get it.

June 23, 2021


Nutrition and Healthy Aging

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, PhD, is Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, which has the mission of separating sense from nonsense. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. “Dr Joe” has hosted a radio show on science for forty years, has appeared hundreds of times on television, writes a regular newspaper column and is the author of 18 bestsellers.

Dr. Schwarcz will separate fact from fiction with respect to the relationship between nutrition and healthy aging. He will examine the merit of specific diets that claim to protect the brain or offer other mental or physical health benefits.

June 9, 2021


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.

May 26, 2021


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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