On July 10th, Gateway students spoke at COPA 45's annual BBQ held at the Goderich Municipal Airport. The students presented on their current research project and were able to engage in some questions concerning Gateway projects. We would like to thank COPA 45 for their hospitality and great company.
Over the next 20 years, the number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to double. Currently, over half a million Canadians have dementia, with two-thirds living in their own homes. In Canadian nursing homes, 87% of residents have some form of cognitive impairment. With these numbers only expected to increase, it is important that caregivers, community members and healthcare professionals have the empathy, communication skills and tools needed to support this population.
The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes. As the first institution in Canada to receive Dementia Live® and Compassionate Touch® training from the AGE-u-cate® Training Institute, we will be offering student-run dementia simulation and learning experiences to the community. In the United States, these experiences have been shown to improve empathy, knowledge of dementia, communication, and caregiving skills.
With the Dementia Live® specialized equipment, participants will be able to experience what it feels like to have dementia. A discussion and skill building session will follow, in which community members will gain important knowledge and skills in an engaging way. For students, these skills will be used in their future care for dementia patients. For caregivers, the learning experience will help them understand their loved one’s feelings and allow them to better provide for their loved one’s needs. For the general public, empathy and understanding will be developed.
Understanding Dementia: A Walk in Their Shoes is scheduled to take place July 16th at 2 pm at the Huron Community Family Health Team in Seaforth. Please note this is a free event but registration is required. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Sara Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca.
CBC covered a news story this past month that described how seniors could tour the world and revisit their childhood home without actually leaving their apartment. A stationary bicycle was installed at Nova Scotia's Ocean View Continuing Care Centre that is connected to a projected Google street view. Through using a curved screen, the senior residents can tour down any roads they want while using the stationary bicycle. This unique system is a hit and has encouraged many seniors to spend more time exercising. Click here to learn more.
On June 28, 2019, Gateway held its Annual General Meeting. Based on the results of this meeting, we would like to introduce our new executive team:
An interesting article was published in the Atlantic this week that outline simple ways of measuring a person's health. In this article they refer to a push-up study conducted in firefighters that may suggest that push-ups can be a marker for whole-body exercise capacity and mortality. Click here to learn more.
On June 26, Goderich Place hosted a Strawberry Social to help raise proceeds for Dr. Alexandrea Peel's Ipad program. Dr. Peel is the new Geriatric doctor for this region and is one of Gateway's Research Chairs. Dr. Peel spoke briefly at this event on the 5 Ms: mobility, multimorbidity, medication, mind and matters most. Gateway's staff, students and board members enjoyed the strawberry treats provided and the lovely company of Goderich Place residents. We will forward to coming to next year's Strawberry Social.
A recently published study showed that, as compared to normative data, stress, anxiety and depression among Canadian farmers are high (Jones-Bitton et al., 2019). Disparities between gender was also found among Canadian farmers, with females scoring lower on all mental health outcomes measured (Jones-Bitton et al., 2019).
The goal of the research Gateway is undertaking in the field of mental health and resiliency is to improve the health of Canadian farmers and improve these statistics. To learn more on our current projects click here: https://www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/frontline-research.html