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Workshop

10th Annual Gerontology Today Workshop

“Finding Help To Stay Strong”

Waterloo - Workshop is with Dr. George Heckman an associate professor in the department of Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo specializes in Geriatric medicine with research in the area of heart failure in the frail elderly and long-term care residents.

Thayna Walter, Jennifer Ghent-Fuller and Robin Smart of the Alzheimer's Society will be looking at the current "Best Practice" in dementia care. Learn about 'First Link' and other non-pharmacological interventions to support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

Tracey Jones is the Regional Manager of Programs and Services with the Parkinson's Society of Southwestern Ontario. Tracey will share with us the impact that the services of the Parkinson's Society is playing in creating a better life and brighter futures for people with Parkinson's and other chronic conditions.

Dr. Heather Keller is a nutrition epidemiologist and dietician. She has published extensively in the area of nutrition and older adults. Her current research is focused on eating in dementia, social aspects of eating, weight loss, nutrition risk programs and interventions.

Joyce Haynes, a Hearing Care Counsellor, has worked at the Hearing Society since its office opened in the Waterloo Region 21 years ago. Learn about hearing loss, advancements in the area of hearing health and the specialized devices that are removing barriers to communication for people with hearing loss.

Dr. Graham Strong has worked in the field of low vision rehabilitation for the past forty years. He will be sharing his experience regarding his research activities in the fields of low vision rehabilitation and consumer-focused assistive technology development.

Jennifer Murray is employed by the Arthritis Society as the Community Engagement Specialist and Doreen Fibke is a volunteer in the Arthritis self-management and chronic pain management programs. They will review the important principles taught in these programs that are helping individuals with arthritis have a higher quality of life.

Dr. Nancy Pearce is a lecturer in the Department of Health Studies & Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. Nancy has done research in the area of falls and the fear of falling and she will be sharing some advice regarding falls prevention with us.

Thursday Sept. 23rd 2010
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunshine Centre
Luther Village
139 Father David Bauer Drive
Waterloo, Ontario

The workshop is designed to enhance the knowledge of current trends, research and issues in the field of gerontology. This day will provide an opportunity for participants working with or caring for seniors to network with both their colleagues and community agencies involved in healthcare.

Registration fee includes an information package, light breakfast, lunch, and break time refreshments. Parking next door is free.

We will be taking photos for promotional purposes. If you do not want your picture taken, please be sure to notify the registration desk.

Agenda

8:00 Registration & Breakfast

8:45 Intro and Welcome

9:00-9:45 Keynote Speaker:
Dr. George Heckman

9:45-10:30 Best Practices = Best Quality of Life: Thayna Walter, Jennifer Ghent-Fuller and Robin Smart (Alzheimer’s Societies)

10:30-10:45 Break
Visit with our sponsors and enjoy some light refreshments.

10:45-11:30 Moving Forward with Parkinson's:
Tracey Jones (Parkinson’s Society)

11:30-12:00 Mealtimes as Life Nourishment for Families living with dementia:
Dr. Heather Keller (U of Guelph)

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-1:30 Hearing Loss and Communication:
Joyce Haynes (Hearing Society)

1:30-2:00 Vision Rehabilitation Services: all pieces included but some assembly required: Dr. Strong (Low Vision Clinic at U of Waterloo)

2:00-2:15 Break
Visit with our sponsors and enjoy some light refreshments.

2:15-3:00 Managing Arthritis to Stay Strong: Jennifer Murray, Doreen Fibke (Arthritis Society)

3:00-3:30 Falls Prevention strategies – what does the evidence tell us? Nancy Pearce (U of Waterloo)

3:30 Evaluation, Closing Remarks & Door Prizes

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