Event Date: Sep 18, 2023
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Dementia can change how a person connects with others and their community, meaning people living with dementia and their care partners are at a higher risk of social isolation. The opposite is also true: older adults who experience social isolation may have noticeable impacts on their physical, emotional, and mental health. This presentation will explore the relationship between social isolation and dementia and introduce the audience to two practical tools for enhancing social connections.
Carrie McAiney PhD
Carrie McAiney is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, and Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia and Scientific Director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). She is also the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Co-Lead for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. Carrie’s research involves working collaboratively with persons living with dementia and family care partners to develop and evaluate approaches to enhance their well-being.
Dana Zummach MSc
Dana Zummach has over 15 years of experience in public health research, program evaluation, and project management. Dana has been involved with the Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) project at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) since 2019, initially as the evaluation coordinator, and most recently as the project manager. Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology and Master of Science in Public Health and Health Systems both from the University of Waterloo.