Dementia Education Workshops to Support Caregivers

By: Diane Weidner
Submitted by: Loïc Simard-Villeneuve, McGill University

A new workshop was created in September 2017 at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (McGill University, Montreal, Canada). The goal of the workshops is to give caregivers information on the progression of the illness explained by either a neurologist or a geriatrician, to help them navigate the health system through the different stages of the illness and to provide a simulation that portrays the physical and psychological risks of living at home with dementia.

Claire Webster approached the McGill Faculty of Medicine to start this initiative as she had gone through the process with her own mother. Within the workshops, she shares her personal experience of having been a caregiver and gives some insight on how to avoid the pitfalls of being a caregiver of someone afflicted with dementia.

Read the full article about the workshops here.

The Steinberg Centre recently won the Prix d’Excellence Gold Medal for Best Community Outreach Initiative from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education. Read about the award here.

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