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  • Carleton and Bruyère Researchers Receive Grant to help Long-Term Care Homes Protect Themselves from COVID November 16, 2020
    School of Industrial Design November 12, 2020 Carleton University’s Chantal Trudel, a professor in the School of Industrial Design and a team made up of Susan Braedley, Amy Hsu, Dennis Kao, Frank Knoefel, Sophie Orosz, Heidi Sveistrup, and Bruce Wallace—received nearly $40,000 from the Foundation for Health Environments Research in the United States to study the design of Canadian long-term […]
  • Bridging the distance for caregivers dealing with dementia September 1, 2020
    by Monica Fleck, McCormick Care Group Hospital News September, 2020 The onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic struck nearly every aspect of life with a quick and stunning blow. Within the fallout, particularly for our more vulnerable senior population, lay a particularly impacted segment – those who are caring for someone with dementia at home.Read More
  • McCormick Day Program staff create day program virtual tour July 28, 2020
    Back to News and Events McCormick Day Program Staff Create Day Program Virtual Tour This video takes you on a tour of our McCormick Day Program! Karen, our director, highlights changes that have been made to enhance infection prevention and control measures during COVID-19, while we continue to support clients living with dementia and their […]
  • ‘Like a first date’ as long-term care residents begin to receive visits June 19, 2020
    Jennifer Bieman London Free Press June, 2020 No hugs. No kisses. No problem. Long-term care residents in London and across Ontario reunited with loved ones Thursday, coming face to face with visitors for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown took hold in mid-March. Read More
  • A Hell of a Grind June 9, 2020
    Western News June, 2020 For more than 15 years, Don Mahood has been trying to hold it together – for him and his wife, Mary Charlotte, who, now in her mid-70s, is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Read More
  • COVID-19 means no breaks for Alzheimer caregivers May 8, 2020
    CTV News London May 8, 2020 Happily married for 38 years, Frances Kyle never saw it coming, but four years ago her husband Bob, 74, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Read More View CTV London News Video
  • McCormick develops online resources for isolated caregivers of dementia patients May 8, 2020
    London Free Press April 21, 2020 Taking care of a loved one diagnosed with dementia is hard enough. Add a deadly pandemic to the mix and the closing of some support services for caregivers and the task becomes even more challenging. Read More
  • Mobilizing independence February 6, 2020
    Hospital News, February 2020 by Monica Fleck Falling is a concern for anyone — especially the elderly.  The risk is even greater for people who have some form of dementia, particularly if they are assigned the additional task of learning how to use an assistive walking device.  As Canada’s aging population increases, so too does […]
  • Tips and Strategies for Navigating the Winter Months December 3, 2019
    By Joanne Nancekivell November, 2019 With the cooler temperatures upon us, we are faced with shorter days that are mostly spent indoors. Keeping energy levels up and maintaining a positive outlook will help you to not only survive, but thrive this winter. Read More
  • Understanding the meaning behind the behaviour October 29, 2019
    Communication in all its forms is at the centre of human interaction. Whether it be verbal, physical, emotional or otherwise, we send messages to others even if we don’t realize it. Ninety-three percent of how we communicate is non-verbal, including body language (55%), and para-verbal message, such as tone, pitch and volume (38%). Only seven […]

RSS Dimensions Newsletter July 2019

  • Photographic Memories July 1, 2019
    For many people, a loved one’s dementia diagnosis not only means a loss of shared memories, but also a decline in the experience of personal, meaningful conversation. At its most fundamental level, conversation brings people together and helps establish and develop relationships. A research study conducted by Western University and McCormick Dementia Research looked at […]
  • From Volunteering to Friendship July 1, 2019
    Gary Dallner’s journey as a McCormick Home volunteer came as a natural extension of the time he spent visiting the home to see his father back in 1983. During these visits, the now-retired high school teacher took notice of those residents who had no friends or family to connect with and began to casually strike […]
  • Enjoying the Summer: Staying at Home July 1, 2019
    Now that summer has finally arrived, many of us begin to dream of traveling. Vacations provide a wonderful time to get away from daily routines and escape some of life’s demands. However, for some people, traveling may not always be possible.
  • The Enduring Gift of Music July 1, 2019
    The gift of music knows no bounds – not even those imposed by Alzheimer disease. And the experience of Barb and Jon Baskerville is certainly no exception. Despite Jon’s Alzheimer diagnosis, the husband-and-wife singing duo unwaveringly continue to share their talents and love of music with others.
  • Enjoying the Summer: Traveling July 1, 2019
    With the summer months upon us at last, many of us look forward to making vacation plans to visit family, friends or a favourite destination. If you are a caregiver of someone with dementia, you may find that the idea of traveling presents some challenges. However, there is no reason to give up traveling altogether.

RSS Dimensions Newsletter February 2019

  • Joseph’s Story February 1, 2019
    There is no doubt that making the decision to live in long-term care can be stressful. It’s not uncommon to hear from families who need help – help with how to tell someone that they are moving into long-term care.This story is about Joseph, a new resident to McCormick Home. Joseph didn’t expect to be […]
  • Is It the Disease or Something Else? February 1, 2019
    When behavioural changes occur in a person with dementia, you may think to yourself, "That must be the disease.” While sometimes that may be the case, on occasion there may be an underlying medical reason for behavioural changes.
  • Honing Your Caregiving Skills February 1, 2019
    “This course is perfect for what we are going through.”“You’ve made a huge, positive difference in my life.”“I’ve learned so much…I’m feeling better now that I’ve learned some new techniques.”These are just some of the comments on a new program at McCormick Dementia Services that is helping caregivers learn practical, hands-on ways to care for […]
  • The Importance of Collaborative Relationships February 1, 2019
    I was recently reflecting on the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang and the amount of work involved in making the Winter Games happen every four years. It brought to mind the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” To achieve a positive outcome, it really is all about collaboration.

RSS Dimensions Newsletter April 2018

  • Avoiding Caregiver Burnout April 17, 2018
    Caring for an ill or disabled loved one is one of the most noble and rewarding things you can do. It can also be one of the most stressful—physically, mentally and emotionally. There are, however, many strategies and resources that can help you take care of your own health and enjoy life all while giving […]
  • Delivering Powerful Caregiver Tools April 17, 2018
    Helen Jevnikar has helped many people over the years in her role as social worker. While she has been involved in offering several excellent programs to help those living with dementia in her work at McCormick Dementia Services, her genuine enthusiasm for a new program being offered for caregivers of people with dementia is exceptional.
  • Recipient of Inaugural Employee Values Award Sets the Bar April 17, 2018
    To celebrate the successes in realizing our corporate values, the McCormick Care Group Employee Values Award was established by the organization’s Quality of Work Life Action Team to recognize employees who exemplify true compassion, accountability, respect, excellence and collaboration in their day-to-day work.
  • Monarch Butterfly Finds Friends in McCormick Home Residents April 17, 2018
    This summer, Carolyn Denstedt, a volunteer at McCormick Home, set up a butterfly display in our main common room for the second year in a row. We are very fortunate to have Carolyn, who is certified by the Ministry of Natural Resources, provide our residents with such a unique programming experience.

RSS Dimensions Research

  • Optimizing the Design of Living Spaces for People with Dementia January 30, 2019
    Back to Research Activity Print December 2018 Optimizing the Design of Living Spaces for People with Dementia Description: McCormick Dementia Research is working with Fanshawe College on a research study of the design of living spaces and the associated impacts on quality of life for people with dementia. Purpose: McCormick Dementia Research is committed to […]
  • Technology and the Use of Tablets to Facilitate Care Documentation January 30, 2019
    Back to Research Activity Print December 2018 Technology and the Use of Tablets to Facilitate Care Documentation Description: McCormick Dementia Research is working with Fanshawe College on a research study involving the use of tablet technology to facilitate the way resident care is documented. Purpose: McCormick Dementia Research is committed to conducting, supporting, sharing and […]
  • The Impact of Data Collection Methods on Fall Prevention January 30, 2019
    Back to Research Activity Print December 2018 The Impact of Data Collection Methods on Fall Prevention Description: McCormick Dementia Research is working with Fanshawe College on a research study of whether or not the data-collection process for a resident’s health status and care plan impacts the frequency of falls. Purpose: McCormick Dementia Research is committed […]
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Project Phase II September 15, 2016
    Back to Research Activity Print September 14, 2016 Joint Research Project with King’s University College Moving into Phase II: A Study of the Staff Perspective and Experience of Animal-Assisted Therapy in Managing  Dementia-Related Behaviours Description: The second phase of the research study of the impacts of animal therapy on managing aggressive behaviours in people with […]
  • Animal Assisted Therapy Project July 7, 2016
    Back to Research Activity Print July 6, 2016 Joint Research Project with King’s University College to Study Impact of Animal Assisted Therapy on Dementia-Related Behaviours Description: A Master of Social Work candidate from King’s University College is researching the impacts of the Nourishing Hearts Animal Assisted Interventions program on managing behaviours exhibited by people with […]
  • Actigraph Research Project with St. Joseph’s Health Care September 4, 2015
    Back to Research Activity Print September 4, 2015 Announcement of Actigraph Research Project with St. Joseph’s Health Care Description: A study of the physical movements of people with dementia may assist in predicting the onset of agitated behavioural responses and enable caregiver s to proactively redirect or reduce such behaviours. Purpose: In keeping with the […]
  • Enhanced Caregiver Series March 13, 2015
    Back to Research Activity Print March 13, 2015 Enhanced Caregiver Series: WCA Collaborates with Western University and Behavioural Supports Ontario with the Support of McCormick Care Foundation Description: The WCA, Behavioural Supports Ontario and Western University, with the support of McCormick Care Foundation, are conducting a pilot project to develop an enhanced education series for […]
  • Therapeutic Garden Project June 1, 2014
    Back to Research Activity Print  The WCA, the McCormick Care Foundation, and Westminster College Foundation Support a Therapeutic Garden Project at Fanshawe College and Alzheimer Outreach Services Description: In partnership with the McCormick Care Foundation, the Westminster College Foundation, and Fanshawe College, the WCA is supporting a therapeut ic garden research project. Conducted at the […]
  • Announcement of Joint Research Project with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care on Adult Day Program Evaluation March 1, 2014
    Back to Research Activity Print Announcement of Joint Research Project with the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care on Adult Day Program Evaluation Description: The WCA and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care will be conducting a joint study on the quality of adult day programs and their impact on the overall wellbeing of clients and […]