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News and Events - 2020

December 2020

COVID-19 - Mental Health Resources and Supports: A new document 'Mental Health Resources & Supports for Continuing Care Staff' has been added to the Resources page.

November 2020

The new program coordinator, Sadia Anwar joined ICCER. Sadia has extensive program management experience and looks forward to contributing to the research and education initiatives led by ICCER.

October 2020

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the departure of ICCER's Program Coordinator, Emily Dymchuk. While we are sorry to see her go, we send Emily our congratulations in her new role. ICCER's Steering Committee is currently working on a transition plan and will keep members informed moving forward.

August 2020

Registration is now open for the first few webinars of our fall series starting in September!

ICCER’s Executive Director, Sandra Woodhead Lyons, retired as of July 30. We would like to thank Sandra for her leadership and her commitment to ICCER and continuing care over the past 12 years. She will be missed!

May 2020

Our spring webinar series continues with webinars every two weeks until the end of June. Don’t forget to register! We will have more webinars coming in the fall.

COVID-19 is affecting us all. Here are some resources:

Dr. Lisa Howard and Dr. Julia Brassolotto, who presented Sexual Expression in Continuing Care Homes: Perspectives of Managers, Leaders, Family Members & Residents in November (recording available on members only website for associates and organizational members) have a new article out in the Journal of Aging Studies: “If you do not find the world tasty and sexy, you are out of touch with the most important things in life”: Resident and family member perspectives on sexual expression in continuing care

April 2020

Keep an eye on our Event Registration page. We have some exciting webinars coming up over the next two months.

Individual members – if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2020/21, now is the time to do so.

March 2020

ICCER is adapting its networking and education events to an online platform to support self-isolation and physical distancing. We will offer a series of webinars in April and May, including a two-part webinar on caregiver-centred care, as well as presentations on various innovations from the University of Alberta. We plan to continue to offer webinars through the coming months, so stay tuned for updates!

ICCER would like to welcome its newest Associate Member, Dignity Memorial.

February 2020

ICCER held its 8th annual Responsive Behaviours Symposium on February 19! Presentations are available under Responsive Behaviours Symposiums.

January 2020

ICCER is excited to announce its success in receiving the AHS Community-based Innovations for Dementia Care (CIDC) 2019 grant! Our project, “Creating Conversations: A Dementia Activity Toolkit to Reduce Social Isolation” will revise (Canadianize) an activity toolkit developed in Scotland for persons with dementia, then pilot and evaluate it in Alberta. The purpose is to reduce social isolation for persons with dementia by providing activities to increase communication between them and their caregivers. As the toolkit has a gardening theme, we will be introducing a gardening-based activity to provide a fun, multi-sensory experience that includes physical, cognitive, emotional, and social elements. Almost all of our member organizations will be participating in the project as participating sites, advisory team members and/or evaluation team members. We are pleased to be working with our partners in Scotland, the developers of Creating Conversations, University of Stirling and ArtLink Central.