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Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health

February 2024

February 4: World Cancer Day

While we live in a time of awe-inspiring advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, many of us who seek cancer care hit barriers at every turn. Income, education, geographical location and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect care. 

So, this year's World Cancer Day's theme, “Close the Care Gap”, is all about making sure our leaders know that we demand a commitment to prioritizing cancer, to creating innovative strategies designed to confront inequity and to investing our resources to achieve a just and cancer-free world.



Ringing in the New Year with Dementia Café

The Dementia Café was abuzz with excitement and joy as they hosted their 2nd annual New Year’s Eve party at the Urban Abbey.

The evening was filled with an array of activities, including a potluck dinner, live music, dancing and engaging conversation among friends. The Dementia Café, known for its safe and welcoming space, once again proved that living with dementia does not mean you have to be socially excluded.


We Talked About MAiD!

Our "Let's Talk About MAiD" event on January 20 was a resounding success -attracting a sizable audience both in-person and online. We had the pleasure of hosting Lauren Clark, Kody Mintenko and Dr. Kat Ward for a panel discussion and interactive Q&A that resonated deeply with all in attendance.

CERAH Research

Who: People (eligible for Track One or Track Two**) who are trying to access MAiD in Northwestern Ontario, but have been unsuccessful


Family members/friends (essential caregivers) of someone who was eligible and attempted to access MAiD in Northwestern Ontario.

Participation will involve one interview (approximately 45 minutes)

Interested in sharing your experience? We would love to hear from you.

Please contact: Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller at kkortesm@lakeheadu.ca or (807) 343-8010 ext. 7204.


*Postal codes beginning in P7, P8, P0T, P0V, P0W, P0X & P0Y

**Track One (death is reasonably foreseeable) and Track Two (death is not reasonably foreseeable)

Centre-Developed Resources

Last month, we had the opportunity to present our Palliative Care for Frontline Workers & Palliative Care for Frontline Workers in Indigenous Communities course to some amazing healthcare workers. If you are interested in learning more about these courses for you or your team, contact us at cerah@lakeheadu.ca.

Upcoming Events...

February 21, 2024

Palliative Care ECHO Lunch & Learn Series with Elder Albert McLeod 12 pm - 1 pm EDT

"Supporting Patients Who Identify as 2 Spirit-LGBTQ+ Who Could Benefit from a Palliative Approach to Care"

Join Elder Albert McLeod on Zoom as he discusses how you can better support your 2 Spirit-LGBTQ+ patients who are living with a life-limiting illness.


March 7 & 8, 2024

Palliative Care for Frontline Workers

in Long-Term Care Settings

As our population ages and health challenges evolve, the demand for skilled palliative care is more crucial than ever. This course, tailored to the learning needs and preferences of frontline care providers, offers flexible learning to enhance skills in palliative care.

This 2 day, 15 hour certificate course will be held in-person at Pioneer Ridge Long-Term Care. Space is limited. Reserve your spot today!

March 20, 2024 - 12 pm EDT

CERAH Speaker Series presents "Being and Doing Together in a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community: Pandemic Experiences of Older Adults" with Kassandra Fernandes

Join CERAH's very own Kassandra as she discusses her study exploring a naturally occurring retirement community, and how Oasis programming supports older adults' capacity to build strong, resilient communities that support well-being and aging in place.



March 21-22, 2024

LEAP Core Training for Indigenous Communities in Sioux Lookout

ISC, First Nations & Inuit Health-Ontario region, the North West Regional Palliative Care Program, and CERAH are pleased to offer this education at no cost for registered healthcare providers in the Northwest region.

Pallium Canada's LEAP Core is an accredited interprofessional, two-day course that focuses on the essential competencies to provide a palliative approach to care.

Location: Forest Inn & Conference Centre, Sioux Lookout, ON

This course is accredited for up to 28 mainpro + credits.


Caring Connections Chronicle...

March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke

After Stroke is a personalized stroke recovery program that helps survivors and their caregivers navigate the path forward after a stroke. It aims to fill the gaps and give those affected by stroke a seamless transition from hospital to home - and beyond.


Other Resources...

For Informal Care Providers

Supporting Caregiver Awareness, Learning and Empowerment (SCALE) Program

The SCALE Program aims to empower caregivers with practical information and skills to focus on their mental health and well-being.

Session 1: Understanding the Emotional Experience of Caregiving Feb 6 - 27, Tuesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm EST.

Session 2: Strategies for Caregiver Mental Health & Well-Being March 5 - 26, Tuesdays from 12 pm to 1 pm EST


Culturally-Specific Dementia Resources

Following a dementia diagnosis, it's only natural to ask questions. Forward with Dementia is a place to find hope, have your questions answered, learn from others, and discover strategies to help you navigate your own path with dementia.

In addition to French & English resources, Forward with Dementia includes resources for the Italian community, Chinese community and South Asian community. Directly translating information, without considering cultural differences, is not sufficient. Therefore these resources were developed together with caregivers and service providers from these communities within Canada to ensure they are culturally relevant and appropriate.


For Health & Social Care Providers

Feb 27, 2024 - 8:00AM EDT

Dementia Programmes & Solutions: Long-Term Care, Mental Health & Rehabilitation

Alzheimer’s Disease International is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of World Health Organization (WHO) experts for an illuminating webinar to highlight WHO programmes that work towards better support for those living with dementia and their carers.


Enhancing Knowledge in the Care of Older Adults (Tier 1 & 2) Spring 2024

Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario presents their Provincial Common Orientation - an 11-week interactive virtual series suitable for a variety of health and social care professional audiences.

These weekly 90-minute sessions will be facilitated by professionals experienced in the care of older adults.


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: "I want to ____ until I die" with Kathy Kastner

In this episode, Kathy and Keri speak with entrepreneur, author and volunteer witness for MAiD, Kathy Kastner. With humour and relatability, Kathy discusses the importance of developing more accessible and thoughtful language in healthcare, and the importance of individuals identifying what truly matters to them at the end of their lives.

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:

Conversations that Matter: Talking About Dying and Dementia with Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller


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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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Thunder Bay, ON P7B5E1

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