Collaborative Care for Cognitive Change Conference

CANCELLED: Collaborative Care For Cognitive Change: Building Relationships Through Communication

Registration unavailable. This event has been cancelled. Please consider joining us next year on April 15, 2021 at the ElmHurst Inn & Spa in Ingersoll. This page will be updated to reflect new developments and changes, so stay tuned as we move into Fall/Winter 2020! Thank you for your support and understanding. 

Conference Speakers

Joining us to speak at the conference will be Dale Munro, Dr. JB Orange and Colleen McGrath.

Dr. J.B. Orange

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Dr. J.B. Orange is a Professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western University at London Canada, and an Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute at London Canada. He also is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging at Western.

Dr. Orange’s peer-reviewed publications and funded research address language and cognitive-communication disorders of adults and older adults. His research has a special emphasis on discourse, conversation and communication of individuals with various forms of dementia.

Dr. Orange’s current research projects, several funded by the Ontario Neurodegenerative Research Initiative (ONDRI) and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), include analyses of language, discourse, and conversations of individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia, several subtypes of frontotemporal lobe dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, vascular cognitive impairment, Lewy body dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, especially for those with hearing, vision, and dual sensory impairments. The objectives of these studies are to identify within- and between-group differences among various types of dementia that will assist differential diagnosis, and which will advance our understanding of disease trajectories based on correlations with cognitive, neuroimaging, gait/balance and genetics measures core to the ONDRI and CCNA studies.

Other on-going studies include qualitative and quantitative studies on communication among persons with dementia and their family caregiver from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, and the effectiveness of communication enhancement education and training program for family caregivers of persons living with dementia.

J. Dale Munro, MSW, RSW, FAAIDD

An image of J. Dale Munro, MSW, RSW, FAAIDDJ. Dale Munro, MSW, RSW, FAAIDD is an individual, couple & family therapist in full-time private practice in London. He is affiliated with The Redpath Centre in Toronto. He is a well-known speaker across North America who has worked in human services for 48 years -- with a special interest in helping people with disabilities & their families. He has won awards for his work; and has published articles in many international books & journals.

Colleen McGrath

An image of Colleen McGrathColleen McGrath is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University. Pulling from a variety of disciplines including occupational therapy, disability theory, and critical gerontology, professor Colleen McGrath is expanding how we think about environmental access for older adults with age-related vision loss (ARVL). She is taking a holistic approach to understanding those environmental factors that support or restrict participation in meaningful occupations for the growing number of Canadian seniors who experience vision loss.

Last Updated: 03/23/2020