Upcoming Events

 

SWEDISH HOME CARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY – CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNED

The CRPD is pleased to host a colloquium featuring Dr. Hildur Kalman, a physiotherapist and Professor of Social Work from Umeå universitet, in Sweden. Dr. Kalman’s most recent work has been focused on observing and understanding how intimate care is provided to older adults in their own home.

Background: Over the last few decades, the Swedish eldercare system has undergone significant changes, one consequence of which is that many people (who in earlier times due to frailty, disability or illness would have been offered care in residential homes or nursing homes) are now receiving intimate and personal care in their own homes, through home care services as part of Social Services, instead.

In this presentation, the vulnerability of being dependent on personal and intimate care, such as assistance in undressing, using the toilet, showering, and washing intimate parts of the body, is discussed in relation to the changes in the Swedish Welfare system mentioned above. Recent observational studies of intimate care show strategies of objectification, distancing, and routinization to be used in an interaction between care workers and care recipients, as ways to balance the intimate aspects, and safeguard the integrity of the person. These results challenge what is professed ideals and show how dependency in others may neutralize users’ power.

Date: Wednesday – April 3 2019 

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Location: 2080 West Mall, UBC School of Social Work (Jack Bell Building – Room 200)

 

KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZATION SYMPOSIUM: PERSON-CENTERED CARE FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH DEMENTIA IN BC AND HONG KONG

This Symposium will bring together a group of researchers, healthcare providers and policymakers from British Columbia and Hong Kong to highlight salient empirical research evidence and current key issues and challenges in implementing person-centred dementia care in residential and acute care settings in these two regions. A critical and comparative look at the latest research, innovative person-centred care practices, organizational policies, staffing models and resident/patient outcomes in BC and Hong Kong would provide a useful platform for cross-national and cross-cultural exchange, learning and adaptations.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Gerontology (SFU), the Department of Applied Social Sciences (Hong Kong Polytechnic University), the Office of the Vice-President, Research (SFU), and David Lam Centre for International Communication (SFU)

Location: Simon Fraser University Vancouver. Segal Centre (1400-1430)—515 West Hastings Street

Date: Monday, May 6th 2019

Tickets available on eventbrite

 

ALZHEIMER CAFÉ

Location: First Baptist Church –  969 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Date: Saturday, April 13th 2019

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

The Alzheimer’s Café organized by First Baptist Church will be a gathering place for persons with dementia, their families, the caregivers and other interested parties. It is a place to come together to learn from each other on how to deal with the illness. We provide a safe, supportive, educational and social environment. Snacks will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP to this event, contact Cynthia Lee at punny995@icloud.com.

 

CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS

The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) is currently accepting abstracts for CAG2019, their 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. The meeting will be held October 24-26, 2019 in Moncton, New Brunswick at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Beauséjour.

The theme of the 2019 annual meeting is “Navigating the Tides of Aging Together”. Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related areas. International submissions are encouraged.

Abstract submissions are due by April 15, 2019.

More information can be found here

 

THE EXCHANGE

The Exchange is an informal gathering of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who get together to raise new questions about aging and dementia, and to explore new ideas for research.