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  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    The purpose of this research is to re-imagine and disseminate through documentary film what compassionate, relational end-of-life (EOL) care looks like from the perspectives of diverse people living with dementia, their care partners, and healthcare professionals.

    In phase one of the study we will explore understandings of relational end of life care from diverse perspectives using online research conversations.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to participate if you...

    Live in Canada

    Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

    Have a diagnosis of dementia, are a family member or a bereaved family member (within the last year) of a person living with dementia, or are a professional who works directly with people living with dementia or in palliative care

    Are able to speak English

    *We are primarily looking for people living with dementia and family members living in the community, especially from different cultural backgrounds.

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online & In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    The purpose of this study is to assess whether a virtually-delivered healthy lifestyle intervention (over Zoom) is feasible for individuals who feel that their memory or thinking is declining.

    Eligibility Criteria

    -Are between the age of 65-85

    -Are concerned about your memory and other thinking abilities

    -Have access to internet at home

    -Are a resident of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, or Quebec

    Recruitment End Date

  • Clinical Trial
    In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    This Phase 2 study aims to study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of study treatment in paticipants with Mild Cognitive Impairment Due to Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Alzheimer's Disease Dementia

    Eligibility Criteria

    Age 50 - 80
    Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild dementia due to Alzheimer's disease

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online & In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    We are inviting adults 55+ and care partners of people living with dementia to participate in an offering of a six-session culinary nutrition education program. All program participants are invited to take part in an optional research study examining their experiences and outcomes associated with their program participation, but research participation is entirely voluntary.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Live in Saskatchewan (priority will be given to participants living in communities within a 150 km radius of Yorkton,SK)

    - Are either 55 or over OR a care partner of a person living with dementia

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    Increasing evidence shows that listening to music from childhood and early adulthood can help recall meaningful events from the past. Importantly, people with dementia have shown to benefit from listening to personally meaningful music, suggesting that musical memory remains preserved. However, the underlying mechanisms by which music improves memory remains unclear.

    My research addresses the impact of an autobiographically salient music listening program on memory and brain activity in mild cognitive impairment. Understanding how brainwave activity in this population may differ, will help elucidate mechanisms of music listening that lead to cognitive improvements, ultimately providing insight into musical memory preservation and how it can be leveraged.

    Participants will undergo cognitive testing and measure brainwave activity via EEG, a non-invasive neuroimaging method. Participants will be provided an online link (or CD if they do not have wifi) to access their personalized music playlist and will be asked to listen for two weeks at home (20 mins/day, minimum 5 days/wk). Repeated cognitive and EEG assessment will help determine changes in brain function.

    Eligibility Criteria

    - are 60 years of age and over

    - have received a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment

    - are English speaking

    - have a minimum of high school education

    - have adequate hearing and vision

    - can identify 15 English vocal/lyrical songs that are associated to your personal memories

    - can commit to listening to your personal playlist (20 mins) at-home for 2 weeks (minimum 5 days/week)

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    The aim of our study is to better understand whether certain lifestyle factors (such as physical activity and hearing) are related to early changes in memory and thinking abilities in older adults. We are especially interested in enrolling individuals who are South Asian or East Asian, because little research has focused on brain health in Canadians of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds.

    By participating, you will help us better understand how lifestyle factors are related to memory and thinking changes in adults from diverse communities. We hope that this will lead to improved prevention and early intervention strategies for dementia.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to participate if you…

    - Are 55-85 years old

    - Have no major medical or psychiatric diagnoses

    - Are comfortable speaking and reading English

    - Are able to undergo an MRI scan

    -Speak English

    Eligibility is dependent on an additional conversation with the study team.

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    The aim of this study is to support family and friend caregivers by creating an online community of caregivers called a Virtual Community of Practice. We will create and evaluate a Community of Practice to see if it can improve the quality of life, skills, and confidence of caregivers in engaging persons living with dementia in social and stimulating activities. The Community of Practice includes online information and regular group meetings. Information gathered will help to provide caregiver support by providing them a safe and informative place for them to learn and interact with other caregivers.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Meet the following criteria for Phase 1:

    Person living with dementia:

    (a) aged 40 years or older with a diagnosis of dementia; and

    (b) currently living in Canada.

    Or

    Family or friend caregiver:

    (a) aged 18 years or older and with experience in the last five years providing physical, emotional, and/or psychological support for a family member or friend living with dementia at home or in long-term care;

    and

    (b) currently living in Canada

    Meet the following criteria for Phase 2:

    Family or friend caregiver:

    (a) aged 18 years or older and currently providing physical, emotional, and/or psychological support for a family member or friend with dementia at home or in long-term care;

    (b) currently providing at least four hours of support a week for a person living with dementia; and

    (c) currently living in Canada.

    (d) must speak English

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online & In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    This study, "Stranger than Family: Decision-Making & Ethics of Substitution for People Living With

    Dementia Going It Alone", explores how people facing dementia alone are connected with a substitute

    decision-maker and how ideas about capacity, consent, and decision-making affect them.

    Interviews will be conducted with:

    - People who are facing dementia alone

    - Healthcare and social service workers

    - Substitute decision-makers for others who are not close family members or close friends

    The overall goal of this study is to identify opportunities for advocacy, policy, and practice change to

    better support people facing dementia alone.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to participate if you:

    - Live in Ontario or Alberta AND

    - Have a diagnosis of dementia or are at-risk and planning for a future living with dementia and are

    facing dementia alone OR

    - Are a healthcare or social service worker, or other professional who has experience trying to connect

    adult clients with a substitute decision-maker OR

    - Have experience as a substitute decision-maker for someone living with dementia who is not a close

    family member or friend

    In addition, to be eligible you must:

    - Be able to participate in an interview over the phone, on Zoom, or in-person AND

    - Understand the purpose of the study and what participation involves

    -Speak English

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    In-Person and Online

    What is this Study about?

    VRx@Home is a 5-week virtual reality at-home intervention with the goal to explore whether virtual reality experiences can enhance communication between persons living with dementia and their care partners. We also aim to explore how a head-mounted VR system, which delivers a fully immersive experience compares to a Tablet-based technology.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Persons living with mild-to-moderate dementia who are living at home
    • Person living with dementia has no history of stroke, bypass surgery, or seizure disorders
    • A friend/family care partner who speaks and understands English and is willing to also participate in the intervention
    • Resides in Greater Toronto Area (Toronto, Peel, Halton, York, and Durham regions)
    • Individuals who speak English

    Recruitment End Date