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April 2024

April 16 - Advance Care Planning Day: If Not You, Who?

Who would you trust to make your healthcare decisions?

Planning for your future healthcare needs is important. So, we’re asking: Do you know what would happen if you couldn’t decide for yourself? Who would you trust to make those healthcare decisions for you? 

The best time to think about this is now when you can make decisions for yourself. Click the button for useful guides to help you along the way. 


QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Advance Care Planning?

Think you know ACP? Take our quiz on Advance Care Planning in Ontario.



Advancing Indigenous Policy & Practice Conference On Demand!

Did you miss out on the amazing Advancing Indigenous Policy & Practice Conference that CERAH co-hosted February 6-8th? You are in luck! All of the sessions are now available on demand!

Watch sessions on innovations in palliative care, Indigenous perspectives on MAiD, integrating traditional and western approaches to care, and so much more...


March Recap with CERAH

March was a busy month for the staff at CERAH. We participated in several events, conferences and educational offerings. Pictured are some moments from the Seniors Expo, the Indigenous Knowledge Gathering, our Palliative Care for Frontline Workers course and a LEAP course in Sioux Lookout.

CERAH Research

Centre-Developed Resources

CERAH Student Information Package

Are you a student at LU and want to know more about us here at CERAH? We've put together a handy-dandy student package for you! You'll learn about Canada's aging population, what we do at the Centre, and who we work with. Click the button below to check it out!

CERAH Student Info Package
Elder Albert McLeod ECHO

We're on YouTube!

Did you know that we have a YouTube Channel? We try to offer our monthly webinars as recordings as often as we can, so if you aren't able to attend on the day of the session, you can watch at a later time!

Did you happen to catch Elder Albert McLeod's ECHO session in February? If not, watch it now along with many other videos!

Upcoming Events...

April 3, 2024 - 12 PM ET

"Honouring Indigenous Knowledges: Seven Sacred Teachings" with Elton Beardy

Elton Beardy is Anishinini from Kitchenuhumaykoosib Inninuwug. Working within St. Joseph's Care Group as a Cultural Practitioner, he provides cultural services dedicated to holistic healing as part of the N'doo'owe Binesi Traditional Healing Program. His practice is deeply rooted in his people's traditional spirituality, which he shares with clients and fellow staff in both clinical and non-clinical settings. As an apprentice of grief, the teachings he has been given inform his approach to palliative care, and his understanding of death and dying as a sacred journey


April 23 & 24 - LEAP Heart Online Course

LEAP™ Heart is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with the skills and competencies of the palliative care approach, with course modules and case studies contextualized to cardiology teams working in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and coronary care units.


May 1 & 2, 2024 - LEAP Core in Fort Frances

LEAP™ Core is an interprofessional course that focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative care approach. LEAP™ Core is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


May 13 & 14, 2024 - LEAP Oncology Online Course

LEAP™ Oncology is an interprofessional online course that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach, with course modules and case studies contextualized to the cancer care setting.


May 15, 2024 12pm - 1 pm ET - "Supporting Vulnerable Patients Who Could Benefit from an Equity-Informed Palliative Approach to Care"

with Brittany D'Angelo, Julie Diner & Natalie McGuigan

Imagine trying to access home care without a home...

In this ECHO session, members of the Palliative Advocacy Care Team (PACT) & Palliative Carelink will discuss how health and social care workers can adopt approaches to care that recognize and adapt to the social and structural determinants of health. The goal of this session is to challenge providers to re-think traditional models of care, and pursue practices that meet unmet needs of structurally vulnerable populations.


May 23 & 24: Palliative Care for Frontline Workers

Enhance your skills in delivering exceptional palliative & end-of-life care to clients and caregivers with CERAH’s Palliative Care for Frontline Workers Course. This course is ideal for any health or social care provider.


May 28, 2024 - LEAP Mini Course Thunder Bay, ON

LEAP™ Mini is an interprofessional course that provides health care professionals with a condensed, one-day learning experience on the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. LEAP™ Mini is taught by local experts who are experienced palliative care clinicians and educators.


Caring Connections Chronicle...

Chartwell Spring Open House

Join us on April 12th and 13th, between 10AM - 4PM, for Chartwell's Spring Open House event—an opportunity, with no RSVP required, to experience what retirement living is really like. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer all your questions and guide you through every aspect of your decision-making process.


Other Resources...

For Informal Care Providers

To register, please call


May 6, 2024 5:30-7:30 pm ET: Compassionate Thunder Bay Book Study

Join us in conversation as we come together to discuss the book "Hope for the Best, Plan for the Rest" at our first ever Book Study. The event is taking place May 6th at the Waverly Resource Library from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Borrow a copy of the book by calling 807-626-5570. A light dinner will also be served at the event.


Ontario Tax Credit Guide

It’s that time of the year again to start preparing for tax season. It is important to file an income tax return in order to apply for and receive benefits and credits you are entitled to. This document acts as a guide for common tax credits and benefits that Canadian seniors, specifically those living with dementia and their care partners, may be eligible to claim.

View the Guide Here

For Health & Social Care Providers

April 25 - Depression & Anxiety in the Seriously Ill

Join Dr. Ammar Y. Ahmad as he promotes a greater understanding of mental illness within patients suffering from a life-threatening or terminal illness. The presentation will help providers identify and evaluate both depression and anxiety and implement appropriate and effective treatment strategies.


In the News...

Digital Connection


Disrupting Death: Conversations about Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada. Hosts, Kathy Kortes-Miller and Keri-Lyn Durant lead with curiosity as they interview a wide range of guests who know M.A.i.D intimately.

Latest Episode: Anniversary Episode!

In this special one year anniversary episode, Kathy and Keri speak with Sarah McInnis, the creator of Disrupting Death's music, and learn more about how Sarah utilizes music to normalize, socialize and honour death dying and grief. In the second half of the episode, the tables are turned as the editor of the podcast, Sadie Mallon, interviews co-hosts Kathy and Keri.

Dementia Dialogue often features people living with dementia, their care/life partners, and supporters sharing experiences. Through the interviews, guests demonstrate their capacity to live fully. Other episodes include conversations with researchers and advocates.

Latest Episode:

In this episode, Lisa Loiselle speaks to a group of people involved in the Circle of Music, an intergenerational choir for people living with dementia, their care partner, and local high school students in Kitchener-Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario. 


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Contact us if you have any questions about our resources or upcoming events. We are also interested in aging and health news from your region, so please keep in touch!

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