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01/13/2020
What Causes Anaphylaxis?

There are hundreds of foods that can cause an allergic reaction. Things other than food that cause #anaphylaxis include insect stings and medications and latex. In some cases, the cause of anaphylaxis is not known.
Get world-class anaphylaxis education anytime, anyplace https://www.allergyaware.ca/

Although many things can cause anaphylaxis, the most common triggers are food and insect stings. Watch this video to learn more about common causes of anaphy...

01/08/2020
Sleep and Dementia

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson will be discussing sleep and how it can complicate caregiving for persons with dementia. We'll investigate various topics, including sleep hygiene, how insomnia affects those with and without cognitive impairment, and the effects of medication(s) on sleep.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

01/07/2020
Global National

A great story we had to share. There is more work to be done in reducing the #stigma surrounding a #dementia diagnosis. Ken's story is inspirational. #AlzheimersAwarenessMonth

Vancouver's Ken Walker is living through the early stages of dementia, but he's not staying silent about it. He and his husband, Mark Demers, are getting candid about living with Alzheimer's, in hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding the condition. Dawna Friesen reports.

RELATED: https://globalnews.ca/news/6182711/dementia-risks/

The 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner is easy to use. It will guide you through 5 important topic areas that have been de...
01/03/2020
18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner - Home | Health HQ

The 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner is easy to use. It will guide you through 5 important topic areas that have been determined to be important areas of child-development.
Make sure you leave your child's visit with no questions unanswered.

01/02/2020

You are invited to join Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson online for a discussion of sleep and how it can complicate caregiving for persons with dementia. We'll investigate various topics, including sleep hygiene, how insomnia affects those with and without cognitive impairment, and the effects of medication(s) on sleep.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Have you and your family gotten your #FluShot?
12/16/2019

Have you and your family gotten your #FluShot?

The holidays are a time of tradition, like annual holiday card photos and annual visits with family. One tradition that should not be on the list is the annual flu.

Protect those at highest risk of flu-complications in your family, such as young children, older adults and those with chronic health conditions, by getting your #flushot.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/XAJK50xxQaO

12/12/2019
Depression and Dementia

Dr. Joel Sadavoy of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto joins our own Dr. Anthony Levinson for a discussion about depression and dementia.

Depression is itself a mood disorder that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and sense of well-being. There are drug and non-drug treatments available for persons with dementia and depression.

Dr. Sadavoy has led the development of apps to provide support to family and professional caregivers of persons living with dementia. ‘Dementia Talk’ is a mobile app that helps caregivers respond to challenging behaviours at home. Similarly, ‘Dementia Advisor’ helps caregivers learn effective coping skills and get expert coaching through scenario-based training.

You can learn more and download both at https://www.dementiacarers.ca/learning-resources/

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Learning can be fun too! Play&Learn is home to 40+ games and activities selected by child development experts that help ...
12/09/2019
Challenge your child with engaging activities that help them learn, grow, and thrive.

Learning can be fun too! Play&Learn is home to 40+ games and activities selected by child development experts that help foster child development in 1 of 4 areas:
🧠Thinking & Learning
🧒Social & Emotional
👟Movement
🔤Language

Find games and activities for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners to build skills in listening, talking, managing emotions, problem solving...

12/05/2019

Dr. Joel Sadavoy of Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto will join our own Dr. Anthony Levinson for a discussion about depression and dementia.

Depression is itself a mood disorder that can affect a person’s thoughts, behaviours, feelings, and sense of well-being. There are drug and non-drug treatments available for persons with dementia and depression.

We examine depression in our iGeriCare lesson 'Apathy, Depression, and Anxiety in Dementia'. If you have the time, we encourage everyone to review this lesson beforehand - https://igericare.healthhq.ca/lessons/apathy-depression-and-anxiety-in-dementia

Dr. Sadavoy has led the development of apps to provide support to family and professional caregivers of persons living with dementia. ‘Dementia Talk’ is a mobile app that helps caregivers respond to challenging behaviours at home. Similarly, ‘Dementia Advisor’ helps caregivers learn effective coping skills and get expert coaching through scenario-based training.

You can learn more and download both at https://www.dementiacarers.ca/learning-resources/

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Help support these McMaster researchers by watching each of these informative videos and liking your favourite on YouTub...
12/04/2019
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

Help support these McMaster researchers by watching each of these informative videos and liking your favourite on YouTube.

Five groups of McMaster researchers are participating in the IHDCYH Talks video competition – an annual effort by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health that encourages researchers to “translate” their work for a general audience. Vote for your favourites today! | #BrighterWorld

11/21/2019
Deprescribing Medications and Dementia

We welcome Dr. Joanne Ho of McMaster University, who will help us discuss deprescribing. For those unfamiliar, deprescribing is the careful process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be beneficial or may be causing harm. The goal of which is to maintain or improve a person's quality of life.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page.

11/18/2019
Introducing the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner

The 18-Month Visit Planner helps parents and guardians understand what to expect from an essential developmental check-up. It only takes 5-10 minutes to create a personalized check-list https://youtu.be/oclv-2E9VLk

Eighteen months is a significant milestone in your child's life and a visit to your family physician or other health care provider at this time is important....

11/14/2019

Join us for our latest free and online-only Live Event while we welcome Dr. Joanne Ho of McMaster University, who will help us discuss deprescribing. For those unfamiliar, deprescribing is the careful process of reducing or stopping medications that may no longer be beneficial or may be causing harm. The goal of which is to maintain or improve a person's quality of life.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page.

AllergyAware is a free resource that shows schools, child-care, and communities how to prevent, recognize and manage pot...
11/13/2019
Allergy Aware

AllergyAware is a free resource that shows schools, child-care, and communities how to prevent, recognize and manage potentially life-threatening allergic reactions https://www.allergyaware.ca/ #anaphylaxis

The Early Years Check-In (or EYCI) is our free tool designed to help parents and guardians take steps to foster child de...
10/23/2019
Early Years Check-In - Welcome | Health HQ

The Early Years Check-In (or EYCI) is our free tool designed to help parents and guardians take steps to foster child development. Identify any concerns you have and you'll get a customized action plan.
Try it yourself at http://eyci.healthhq.ca

Track your child's development with this easy to use tool!

McMaster University
10/23/2019
McMaster University

McMaster University

For teens, more time with TV and electronic devices goes hand-in-hand with a greater intake of caffeinated or sugary drinks, and can often mean exceeding the recommended levels of both. Katherine Morrison, a professor of pediatrics at Mac, led the study of US teens.

Ontario Ministry of Health
10/21/2019

Ontario Ministry of Health

As leaves change colour and start withering from the trees, we may start feeling down. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that can occur in fall. Know the signs and symptoms and how to treat it. bit.ly/2JBQIql

10/17/2019
Stigma & Dementia

Our medical experts, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson, will examine how stigma affects persons living with dementia. They often experience feelings of exclusion and differing treatment from friends, family, and their communities.

It is important to recognize that everyone has a different journey and will maintain different strengths, abilities, and capacities. Through awareness and compassion, we can create a more inclusive community.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page.

10/15/2019

Join us for our latest online-only Live Event. Our medical experts, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson, will examine how stigma affects persons living with dementia. They often experience feelings of exclusion and differing treatment from friends, family, and their communities.

It is important to recognize that everyone has a different journey and will maintain different strengths, abilities, and capacities. Through awareness and compassion, we can create a more inclusive community.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page.
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About our experts:

Dr. Richard Sztramko - Geriatrician, Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Through his work with patients with dementia and their families, Dr. Sztramko came to understand that there is a desire and need for online education about dementia that was developed by experts in geriatrics. This inspired him to pursue the creation of iGeriCare.

Dr. Sztramko practices both Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine at St. Peter’s, Hamilton General, and Juravinski Hospitals in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University and focuses on eHealth interventions related to patient education, physician and healthcare provider communication, and home health monitoring as the Chief Medical Officer of Reliq Health Technologies. He is passionate about leveraging technology to create value for patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers.

Dr. Anthony Levinson - Neuropsychiatrist, Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation, McMaster University

At the Division of e-Learning Innovation, Dr. Levinson exercises his passion for researching and developing online solutions to deliver high-quality health educational experiences to both the public and health care professionals. iGeriCare provides a unique opportunity to leverage his expertise in mental health and learning technologies to create a modern and engaging approach to dementia education.

Dr. Levinson practices Medical Psychiatry, is an Associate Professor and holds the John Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development at McMaster University.

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**DISCLAIMER**: Information made available on the iGeriCare Website in any form and expressed during Live Events is for information purposes only. It is not intended to provide professional medical, legal or medicolegal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute thereof. You should not use any information contained on the Website or from Live Events as a substitute for consultation with legal or health care professionals or other professional advisors. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon information obtained from the Website without first consulting appropriate professional advisors.

McMaster University
10/09/2019
McMaster University

McMaster University

"Gut feeling" isn't just a phrase. McMaster researchers have discovered that the vagus nerve, which runs between your belly and your brain, plays a key role in how a common type of anti-depressant works.

10/04/2019
Introducing Healthcare Professionals to the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner

Physicians and other health professionals play an important role in providing comprehensive family-centred care and monitoring a child’s development during the early years.
The 18-Month Well-Baby Visit is an example of this - https://youtu.be/etD9YYNEktU

As a physician or healthcare professional, your role in providing comprehensive family-centered care makes the monitoring of a child’s physical and psychosoc...

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences
09/27/2019
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

Brian Timmons, associate professor of pediatrics at McMaster University, told Outside online that nutrition knowledge should be part of a young athlete’s development from an early age because it’s as critical to their mental health as their physical growth. | #BrighterWorld

09/26/2019
Palliative Care and End of Life Planning

Join us for our latest free iGeriCare Live Event, which is an opportunity for you to learn from and interact with medical experts online. This time we are excited to sit down with guest expert Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri from Baycrest Health Sciences in Toronto.

It is unfortunate, but dementia symptoms will often worsen over time and individuals need to understand what to expect in the final stages. We hope to help to bring some clarity to the things caregivers can do for their loved ones and for themselves.

The first 15 minutes will be set aside for an expert discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page.
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About our experts:

Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri - Medical Program Director, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Baycrest Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto

Dr. Giulia-Anna Perri is a palliative care and long-term care physician, consultant and medical director for palliative care at Baycrest Health Sciences. Her practice is focused on geriatric palliative care which reflects her passion for the care of the elderly and end of life. She is a clinician-educator with a varied undergraduate and post-graduate teaching practice and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Anthony Levinson - Neuropsychiatrist, Director, Division of e-Learning Innovation, McMaster University

At the Division of e-Learning Innovation, Dr. Levinson exercises his passion for researching and developing online solutions to deliver high-quality health educational experiences to both the public and health care professionals. iGeriCare provides a unique opportunity to leverage his expertise in mental health and learning technologies to create a modern and engaging approach to dementia education.

Dr. Levinson practices Medical Psychiatry, is an Associate Professor and holds the John Evans Chair in Health Sciences Educational Research and Instructional Development at McMaster University.

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**DISCLAIMER**: Information made available on the iGeriCare Website in any form and expressed during Live Events is for information purposes only. It is not intended to provide professional medical, legal or medicolegal advice, nor is it intended to be a substitute thereof. You should not use any information contained on the Website or from Live Events as a substitute for consultation with legal or health care professionals or other professional advisors. You should not act or abstain from acting based upon information obtained from the Website without first consulting appropriate professional advisors.

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