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  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    The goal of the first study of my PhD is to confirm if the results of the recent scoping review by O'Neil, Fletcher & Bryden are consistent with the lived experiences of caregivers/care partners and community program providers with respect to physical activity and/or social support.

    Implications for this research include:

    ~ Provide information regarding the effects of physical activity and social support on the health of dementia caregivers/care partners

    ~ Serve as the foundation for the development of future resources to help sustain the health and well-being of this population.

     

    The findings from this study will be collated into various research papers, presentations and posters. Further, the results will be used to help guide the direction of the primary researchers other projects within her PhD.

    Eligibility Criteria

    For community program providers to participate they must:

    ~Must be involved (i.e., within designing, implementing, or evaluating) programs for persons living with dementia and/or their family caregivers/care partners

    ~Be 18 years or older

    ~Understand the elements that comprise program(s) designed for persons living with dementia and/or their family caregivers/care partners. 

    ~Live and work within Ontario

    ~Speak English

     

    For caregivers to participate they must:

    ~Be a family member or friend providing care to a person living with dementia OR were a caregiver to a person living with dementia within the past six months

    ~Be 18 year or older

    ~Be in some form of contact with the person living with dementia weekly

    ~Participate in some form of physical activity or social support weekly

    ~Live within Ontario

    ~Speak English

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    Early detection of brain changes is crucial to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. This study uses electroencephalography (EEG) to record the brain's electrical signals during simple tasks, with the hope of validating a measure that can improve early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

    We are recruiting 150 individuals with mild memory issues and mild dementia at Baycrest in Toronto and Bruyère in Ottawa. In a separate study we are also recruiting older adults with no memory problems. The results of both studies together will help us determine if our new EEG measure can detect abnormal changes in brain health early on and if it can help predict future cognitive changes. We hope that this new test will be used in the clinic to identify individuals who may benefit the most from early treatment and interventions.

    Eligibility Criteria

    - Are between 60 and 85 years of age

    - Have a diagnosis of amnestic mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s

    - Have normal vision (with visual aids, if needed) and no other serious health issues

    - Ability to speak English

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of receiving a dementia diagnosis in northwestern Ontario healthcare systems in order to improve the diagnosis process for others who may be diagnosed in the future, and physicians/health care providers who diagnose people with dementia.

    Eligibility Criteria

    • Are practicing medicine in northwestern Ontario

    • Have experience diagnosing people with dementia

    • Have practiced for a minimum of 1 year

    • Speak English

    OR

    • Have been diagnosed with dementia between 1-5 years

    • Lived in northwestern Ontario at the time of diagnosis

    • Are currently living in northwestern Ontario

    • Speak English

    Recruitment End Date

  • Clinical Trial
    In-Person & Online

    What is this Study about?

    This study is looking for caregivers to take part in a six-week creative movement group program, which aims to improve mental well-being and resilience.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to participate if you: identify as a primary caregiver for a family member (e.g., parent) or partner/spouse living with dementia.

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    This study aims to understand the needs and experiences of caregivers in managing medications for people living with dementia (PLWD) to enhance future resources. In stage one, caregivers of PLWD will be interviewed to gain insights into their needs and preferences for resources. In stage two, healthcare providers from various backgrounds and settings will be interviewed to understand how they support medication management for PLWD.

    By understanding caregivers' experiences and needs in medication management, this study strives to contribute to the development of improved resources for caregivers. Ultimately, improving medication management practices has the potential to enhance the quality of life and health outcomes for both PLWD and their caregivers. By empowering caregivers with effective tools and resources, we contribute not only to the well-being of individual caregivers and care recipients but also to the broader societal goal of fostering a supportive and sustainable healthcare system for those affected by dementia.

    Eligibility Criteria

    You are eligible to participate if you are:

    - An caregiver who provides informal, unpaid care to a friend or family member diagnosed with any form of dementia

    - English speaking

    - Live in Ontario as their primary residence

    - Support in medication management activities weekly for at least 2 months. Examples of medication management activities include but are not limited to obtaining medications from the pharmacy, preparing and administering medications, and monitoring for side effects

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online

    What is this Study about?

    Alert systems such as United States’ Silver Alert and Scotland’s Purple Alert support first responders in locating missing persons with dementia. In Canada, provinces are responsible for Silver Alerts. To date, Alberta and Manitoba amended Missing Persons Acts, but have no Silver Alerts. British Columbia has a citizen-led Silver Alert, yet no provincial legislation. This study examines how policies and programs for alert systems are developed and implemented in Canada, Scotland, and the United States. Findings will inform policies and implementation of alert systems to optimize the safety and well-being of people living with dementia at risk of going missing.

    Eligibility Criteria

    have experience or interest in using Silver Alert to locate missing persons with dementia and are a/an:

    • Person living with dementia

    • Care partner

    • Alzheimer Society staff

    • First responder

    • Service provider

    • Technology developer

    • Policy maker

    Recruitment End Date

  • Clinical Trial
    In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy of an oral medication, IGC-AD1 that is a natural THC-based (Tetrahydrocannabinol) formulation, administered in micro doses, twice a day, on symptomatological Agitation, in patients with mild to severe dementia from Alzheimer's.

    Eligibility Criteria

    60+
    Diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
    Must have a study partner

    Recruitment End Date

  • Clinical Trial
    Online & In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    To examine the effects of a stress management program on well-being, stress, and cognition in family caregivers of someone with dementia or a related neurodegenerative disorder. We will be recruiting participants from 2023 - 2027.

    Eligibility Criteria

    - are a primary family caregiver of a person with dementia or a related neurodegenerative disorder.

    - have access to a computer with high-speed internet; and feel comfortable using email and Zoom (a secure online meeting platform).

    - have a video camera on your device. To ensure safety of participants during the program sessions, it is important that participants turn on their video camera. Keeping the video camera on is also important to build trust within the group sessions and when interacting with the researchers.

    - are willing to be randomised to one of 3 groups, even if it is not your preferred group.

    - are able to commit to a synchronous 8-week online group-based program (described below) and complete daily prescribed daily home practices.

    - are able to commit to three assessment sessions: one baseline assessment, one post-program assessment, one 12-month follow-up assessment.

    - agree to audio recording of interview sessions and portions of the assessment that require accurate verbal data collection.

    - are able to provide blood samples, potentially after a 12-hour fast.

    - are able to travel to a LifeLabs clinic for biomarker collection.

    - agree to refrain from participating in new studies or programs during the 8-week study session.

    - meet the screening criteria during the pre-screening interview.

    - ability to speak English.

    Recruitment End Date

  • Observational Study
    Online & In-Person

    What is this Study about?

    Researchers at the University of Waterloo are looking for individuals to participate in a research study that explores the perceptions of dementia and health-seeking behaviour amongst Arab care partners in Ontario. This study aims to understand how dementia is perceived by Arab care partners and the use of dementia-related health services and community support services.

    Sharing your experience will help us to understand 1) how dementia is perceived by Arab care partners and 2) the use of dementia-related health services and community support services.

    Eligibility Criteria

    We are looking for individuals who:

    1. Are from the Arab community AND

    2. Are a family member who cares or has cared for a person living with dementia OR Are a family member who cares or has cared for a person with memory challenges

    Interviews can be conducted in Arabic or English based on the participants' preference

    Recruitment End Date