Canadian Academics to Deliver Dementia Seminar

The School is hosting a seminar at Hamilton Campus on Monday 18 April 2016 which will put the focus on what can be learned from dementia care in Canada.

This public event, which will run from 12 noon-2pm. and will provide an invaluable insight into different approaches of dementia care internationally.

This event will see Professor Dorothy Forbes of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing (pictured below) and Catherine Blake, a Research Associate in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at the University of Western Ontario, share their experiences of dementia initiatives in Canada.


Dorothy Forbes

Professor Forbes will deliver two addresses; a speech entitled ‘Program of Research: Strategies to Promote the Use of Dementia Care Evidence in Northern Home Care Centres’, will be followed by a lecture on ‘Dementia Care Evidence: Contextual Dimensions that Influence Use in Canadian Northern Rural Home Care Centres’. The seminar will see Catherine Blake discuss ‘The Role of a Knowledge Broker and Integrated Knowledge Translation Strategies in Promoting Use of Dementia Care Evidence in Rural Home Care Settings’.

Following these short presentations, there will be a question and answer session, enabling the audience to find out more about the approach to dementia care in Canada and what can be learned to further advance the care of those with dementia in Scotland.

Professor Anthea Innes of the University’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice, based in the School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Dorothy and Catherine to our Hamilton Campus for this dementia seminar, which will provide an important platform to discuss dementia and the different approaches to care.”

The University’s work in recognising and responding to the needs of those whose lives are affected by dementia continues to break new ground – and challenge traditional pre-conceptions. Dementia-related teaching is now deeply integrated into the University’s nursing curriculum. The University’s role in the implementation of Scotland’s national dementia strategy is key and UWS has established the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice – a centre of excellence in advancing dementia policy and research.

Professor Innes added: “Dementia is a growing health concern with around 800,000 people living with the condition in the UK, and numbers projected to rise to over a million by 2021. The University’s work in this area is hugely important as it is vital that as many people as possible are aware of the condition, the challenges people with dementia may face and the positive steps we can all take to make a difference to their lives.”

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