Past Events

 

January 18 2019

Memorial for Dr. Martha Donnelly.

It is with a sense of profound sadness and shock that we are sharing the news that Dr. Martha Donnelly died suddenly on January 10, 2019.

Martha was a significant and tireless advocate and pioneer in geriatric mental health and dementia care. She provided leadership – and friendship – to many of us in the geriatric mental healthcare communities in BC and across Canada.

In addition to actively practicing as a Geriatric psychiatrist at VGH, she was a longstanding faculty member in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Dept. of Family Practice, UBC Faculty of Medicine where she was instrumental in bringing about a stronger curriculum for training physicians to work with older Adults.

Martha was also founding member of the Centre for Research on Personhood and Dementia (CRPD).

It is difficult to name all of the committees and expert panels that Martha participated on – always bringing a candid, informed lens that pushed for best care for older Adults. Her advocacy, ability to work as a team member and expertise helped to inform the framework of the Adult Guardianship Act of BC, push for a National Dementia Framework, and develop many ‘best practices’ related to assessing incapability, family care and dementia care.

Martha will be missed for her energy, dedication, knowledge and empathy that she had for those who were more vulnerable and for those of us who were privileged to work with her at some point during her busy and impressive career.

Read more stories here

 

December 10 2018

Dr. Alison Phinney read from her essay “Self, Lost and Found” recently published by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, that explores how perspectives of care might change the way we think about memory loss at the end of life. This public reading was sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library as part of their year long morph exhibition.

 

November 13 2018 

Dr. Daryl Pullman, Professor of Medical Ethics at Memorial University of Newfoundland, gave a lecture on the subject of medical assistance in dying, and the role of women in shaping Canadian policy in this area.

A video recording of Dr. Daryl Pullman’s lecture is available here

 

April 11, 2018  

David Lemon, Founder and Executive Director of the Health Arts Society spoke about the Helena Choir – Considering Evidence in Music and Dementia Programs. This was followed by a lively panel discussion with Susan Cox (UBC Centre for Applied Ethics), Shelley Canning and Darren Blakenborough (University of the Fraser Valley School Centre for Education and Research on Aging), and Rena Sharon (UBC School of Music).

 

April 04, 2018  

Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute or Aging spoke about Transforming the Culture of Dementia Care.

 

October 12, 2017  COLLOQUIUM

Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute or Aging spoke about Transforming the Culture of Dementia Care.

Sylvie Fourcin, the director of Artlink, a community arts and health organization in Leeds, presented an ethnographic evaluation of their three-year program of participatory arts work with adults with learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues and dementia who attend day centres.

 

JULY 12 2017 COLLOQUIUM

Emily de la Cruz Ellis, a Master of Design graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Carolyn Kerchof  a Master of Arts in Design graduate of Zurich University of the Arts discuss principles of inclusive communication design and how these have been applied in creative and thoughtful ways using examples from their research with older people including those with dementia.

 

JUNE 26 2017 COLLOQUIUM

Riley Malvern, Master’s candidate in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University, discussed her proposed research “Facilitators and Barriers of the Neighbourhood Built Environment for People in Early-Stage Dementia”.

 

MAY 23 2017 COLLOQUIUM

Dr. Christine FitzGerald, a visiting scholar from the Global Brain Health Institute at Trinity College Dublin and the Centre of Social and Economic Research on Dementia at NUI Galway discussed her research to develop an “Expanded Psychosocial Classification Framework”.

 

MAY 2 2017 COLLOQUIUM

Niamh Hennelly, a PHD student visiting from the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI Galway, spoke on the topic of “Personhood in Policy: An Analysis of the Irish National Dementia Strategy”.

 

USING IPADS TO HELP HOSPITAL PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

Doctoral Student Lillian Hung was interviewed on CBC Radio about her project exploring the use of iPads to share pre-recorded videos made by families to help comfort people with dementia while hospitalized. Listen to the full interview here.

 

MARION WOODWARD LECTURE

Dr. John Keady from the University of Manchester delivered the annual UBC School of Nursing Marion Woodward Lecture on October 27, speaking to a large crowd on the topic of “Dementia: New Paths to Understanding”. Watch the video here.

 

OCTOBER 2016 COLLOQUIUM

Dr. John Keady from the University of Manchester led an exciting conversation on the subject of “Including People with Dementia in Research”.

 

JULY 2016 COLLOQUIUM

Dr. Sue Jarrad from the University of South Australia spoke on the topic of “Rethinking Law in the Domain of Decision-Making and Dementia”.

 

JUNE 2016 COLLOQUIUM

Dr. Clive Baldwin from the University of New Brunswick spoke on the topic of “Policy, Citizenship, and Experience: A Braided Narrative”.

 

THE IMPACT OF VISUAL ART FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA IN TRANSITIONAL CARE

Alison Phinney’s research collaboration Making Art for Making Place was featured in the Globe and Mail.

Read the Globe and Mail story here

 

CLAIMING FULL CITIZENSHIP: 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

This conference was held in Vancouver October 15-17, 2015.  Link to Conference Website