Event Date: Jun 29, 2011
Introducing a tool has been developed for use by the police, while in the field, to help quickly establish whether a person is likely to be experiencing a dementia.
Police are often the first community contact for persons with dementia, who find themselves in a crisis situation. Has an offence been perpetrated? Is providing simple assistance / information sufficient for the situation? Does the senior need more immediate/intensive services? Is the person at risk? How can you tell? This presentation will describe a project that is the first of it's kind in Canada (and North America), introducing a tool has been developed for use by the police, while in the field, to help quickly establish whether a person is likely to be experiencing a dementia (and in need of appropriate services).
By the end of the presentation you will…
Dr. Lindy Kilik, Ph.D., C.Psych, Neuropsychologist
- Recognize common police situations involving seniors with dementia
- Understand how the screening tool works and the minimal police training requirements
- Identify current & potential police applications of this tool based on Kingston Police data
Dr. Kilik is a Neuropsychologist who has been in practise for over 15 years. She completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and her Graduate Degrees at Queen's University. Her areas of clinical focus are Dementia and Acquired Brain Injury. Dr. Kilik holds academic cross appointments at Queen's University in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry. Her current areas of research are driving and dementia, and development of dementia assessment tools, including dementia-screening tools for use by the police. She has also been involved in the development of numerous training programs for professionals in various disciplines.
Sgt. Charles Boyles, Kingston Police Force
Sgt. Boyles Joined the Kingston Police Force in 1987 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001. He worked in the Crime Prevention Unit (2001-2007) where he oversaw Community Programs and Traffic Management issues. He is a former member of the OACP Traffic Sub-Committee. Sgt. Boyles has been the KPF lead in the Dementia Screening Project and is a member of the project's steering committee.
Driving and Dementia in Ontario: A Quantitative Assessment of the Problem, Hopkins RW, Kilik L, Day DJ, Rows C, Tseng H. Can J Psychiatry. 2004 Jul;49(7):434-8.
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Presenter(s):Dr. Lindy Kilik, Ph.D., C.Psych, Neuropsychologist and Sgt. Charles Boyles, Kingston Police Force