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06/18/2020
McMaster University

McMaster University

It's best to wear a mask if you are going to be in close contact with others — outside or in an enclosed space. David Price, chair of Family Medicine at McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, talks masks and warm weather.

05/27/2020
iGeriCare Live Events - Genetics & Dementia

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson will meet virtually to discuss the part genetics may play in developing dementia. We will examine what genes are, the role they may play in the different types of dementia, current research, and genetic testing.

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

“Our review suggests that cloth can block particles, even aerosol-sized particles, and this supports Canadian public hea...
05/26/2020

“Our review suggests that cloth can block particles, even aerosol-sized particles, and this supports Canadian public health policy on the issue.”

Based on a century of evidence, cloth masks can reduce contamination of air and surfaces, and they may help against #COVID19, says a team led by McMaster University's Catherine Clase, associate professor of medicine. New in
Annals of Internal Medicine. | https://bit.ly/FHS_Clase

05/20/2020

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson will meet virtually to discuss the part genetics may play in developing dementia. We will examine what genes are, the role they may play in the different types of dementia, current research, and genetic testing.

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

"Criminals have viewed the current environment as an opportunity to target Canadians, including older adults... the Cana...
05/08/2020
Frauds and scams during COVID-19

"Criminals have viewed the current environment as an opportunity to target Canadians, including older adults... the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has reported 766 cases of COVID-19 fraud that has resulted in losses of approximately $1.2 million."

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has reported 766 cases of COVID-19 fraud that has resulted in losses of approximately $1.2 million. The ways in which criminals try to fraudulently get your information continues to grow, requiring us all to be extra vigilant.

"Eating well is not always easy, and for some older adults, it can be more challenging, especially in these trying times...
05/01/2020
The importance of healthy meals during challenging times

"Eating well is not always easy, and for some older adults, it can be more challenging, especially in these trying times. We have compiled some helpful resources on nutrition for older adults to help you and your loved ones stay healthy."

Approximately one third of Canadians aged 65 or older are at risk of poor nutrition due to one or more factors including a lack of appetite or sense of taste, low income, isolation and physical disabilities. The current challenges the pandemic creates may make it even harder for these older adults t...

If you or someone you know is struggling with #MentalHealth or #SubstanceAbuse during #COVID19, take a look at these fre...
04/20/2020

If you or someone you know is struggling with #MentalHealth or #SubstanceAbuse during #COVID19, take a look at these free online resources.

Finding it difficult to cope during COVID-19? The Wellness Together Canada mental health and substance use support portal gives access to psychological and social supports for you or someone you know. http://ow.ly/3k0H50zeX3q

'Misinformation (sometimes referred to as "fake news") is not a new phenomenon and older adults are particularly vulnera...
04/17/2020
When misinformation becomes viral

'Misinformation (sometimes referred to as "fake news") is not a new phenomenon and older adults are particularly vulnerable. At a time when fake news is going viral, how can we fight misinformation?'

A lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). At a time when fake news is going viral, how can we fight misinformation?

Our new Activity Discovery email list provides parents and guardians with a stream of ideas for games and activities sup...
04/15/2020

Our new Activity Discovery email list provides parents and guardians with a stream of ideas for games and activities supportive of ongoing child development. Simply select an age group and you will soon start to receive weekly ideas! http://ow.ly/iTHD50zffcj

Canadian clinical trial tests ‘old’ plasma therapy for COVID-19
04/09/2020
Canadian clinical trial tests ‘old’ plasma therapy for COVID-19

Canadian clinical trial tests ‘old’ plasma therapy for COVID-19

Can the antibodies in the blood plasma of COVID-19 survivors help others suffering from the disease? A McMaster researcher is at the forefront of one of the world’s largest clinical trials of a potential treatment for COVID-19.

04/08/2020
iGeriCare Live Events - Long-Distance Caregiving

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson meet virtually for a discussion of how social distancing impacts caregivers of persons with dementia. We will look at in-home care, assisted living, the importance of keeping yourself healthy, and other relevant topics.
The first 15 minutes will be set aside for this discussion and will be followed by a Q&A period.

#iGeriCare can be accessed anywhere, anytime — providing #caregivers of persons with #dementia with accessible and essen...
03/27/2020
iGeriCare - Bringing Clarity to Dementia

#iGeriCare can be accessed anywhere, anytime — providing #caregivers of persons with #dementia with accessible and essential knowledge for free.
Visit our website to take lessons, download resources, and watch our live events - https://igericare.healthhq.ca

A diagnosis of dementia can be challenging for patients, families, and caregivers. Our lessons, helpful resources and online community will help...

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
03/24/2020
McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

McMaster Optimal Aging Portal

The COVID-19 pandemic is turning our lives upside down. As public-health authorities encourage social distancing, many are thus worried about being physically inactive and socially isolated. We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you stay active and engage during this difficult period.

Many thanks to the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation's Dr. Allison Sekuler for hosting our own Dr. Anthony Le...
03/19/2020
Episode 9 - Sizzle and Snake (Oil): Health Literacy in the Digital Age

Many thanks to the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation's Dr. Allison Sekuler for hosting our own Dr. Anthony Levinson and other leading health experts for a discussion of how modern technology has transformed our access to medical and health information.

Listen to the podcast here -

Technology has transformed our access to medical and health information, for good and ill. Web search results put serious researchers and clinicians on the same 'stage' as digital snake oil salesmen,

These recommendations from the Ontario College of Family includes helpful ideas to help us all flatten the curve.
03/16/2020
www.ontariofamilyphysicians.ca

These recommendations from the Ontario College of Family includes helpful ideas to help us all flatten the curve.

03/11/2020
World Health Organization (WHO)

These helpful tips from the World Health Organization (WHO) can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19. Be sure to share!

These are 7 simple steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

It often isn't easy for parents to routinely introduce new games that appropriately enhance a child's development, which...
03/09/2020
Play&Learn - Games & Activities Supporting Early Child Development

It often isn't easy for parents to routinely introduce new games that appropriately enhance a child's development, which is what inspired the creation of Play&Learn.
Get 70+ expert reviewed ideas to help foster growth and have fun doing so!

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

Healthy Canadians
03/05/2020

Healthy Canadians

Misinformation, discrimination and stigmatizing language won’t protect you from infection. Handwashing, elbow sneezing and avoiding contact with people who are ill will help protect you.

Think critically. Ask questions. Seek out trustworthy sources.

Start here:
➡️ http://ow.ly/4Xai30qkDe9
➡️ 1-833-784-4397

#coronavirus #COVID19

03/02/2020

For our next free and online-only live event, Dr. Anthony Levinson of McMaster University will be joined by Marilyn Reed from Baycrest Health Sciences. We will discuss the relationship between hearing loss and cognition, how to diagnose hearing loss in a person living with dementia, the benefits of hearing aids, and alternative communication strategies.

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

If you have a question for our experts, submit it here - https://forms.gle/Y8h5yo5zdYavndQL6

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page - https://igericare.healthhq.ca/events

03/02/2020
Hearing Loss & Dementia

Dr. Anthony Levinson of McMaster University is joined by Marilyn Reed from Baycrest Health Sciences. We will discuss the relationship between hearing loss and cognition, how to diagnose hearing loss in a person living with dementia, the benefits of hearing aids, and alternative communication strategies.

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

02/21/2020

Do you know the signs and symptoms of #anaphylaxis? They often differ for different people, but there are similarities to keep an eye out for -
https://youtu.be/QhoBxTLcKJM

02/20/2020
Trading Places

VIDEO: This fun role-playing activity helps kindergarten-aged children to build empathy for others. With no materials or setup required, it is a great way to strengthen your child's social & emotional development https://vimeo.com/325680374

This is "Trading Places" by Anthony Levinson on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences
02/19/2020
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

A multi-university study that includes authors Diana Lefebvre, Malcolm Sears and Christoffer Dharma from McMaster University shows early exposure of babies to household cleaning products is associated with the development of childhood asthma and wheeze by age three.

The results were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). | #BrighterWorld

Sometimes it is difficult for parents to understand and identify potential concerns they have with their child's develop...
02/10/2020

Sometimes it is difficult for parents to understand and identify potential concerns they have with their child's development. The Early Years Childhood Check-In is a free online guide to help do just that - try it for yourself - https://eyci.healthhq.ca/en

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences
02/04/2020
McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences

“Moderate egg intake, which is about one egg per day in most people, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality even if people have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes."

An international study led by Mahshid Dehghan and Salim Yusuf of McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute suggests that consuming one egg a day is not tied to risk of heart disease. Results were published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. | #BrighterWorld

01/29/2020

We are one week away from our next free and online-only live event, Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson will address common points of misinformation and separate fact from fiction when it comes to dementia.

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

If you have a question for our experts, submit it here - https://forms.gle/Y8h5yo5zdYavndQL6

Don't worry if you can't make it, all of our events are archived for later viewing on iGeriCare's Events page - https://igericare.healthhq.ca/events

01/29/2020
Debunking Dementia Myths

Drs. Richard Sztramko and Anthony Levinson will address common points of misinformation and separate fact from fiction when it comes to dementia.

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

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