Friday, 27 April 2012

Cambridge AFC Launch and Learn

Jessica Luh, MAREP’s Associate Director of Research, participated in Cambridge's age friendly community launch and learn hosted by the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries. Dr. Heckman and Mr. Liu from Yee Hong were guest speakers along with a representative from Abbeyfield Home.

Jessica was particularly interested to hear Dr. Heckman's perspective as to what he thought were some of the challenges of an integrated health care system in our LHIN. He emphasized the success of Linda Lee's memory care clinic model and the importance of education and support services for persons with dementia and their partners in care. Mr. Liu talked about Yee Hong’s model of care as well as their mission, philosophy and the services they offer. It was clear from the presentation that Yee Hong is really striving to move from traditional models of care towards the social model of living.

Yee Hong has created a DVD called "Breaking the myths about dementia" and offers numerous programs and services that support persons living in their homes and in the community. Jessica found Abbeyfield's housing model to be very interesting. Jessica will apply this knowledge to her work with the Dementia and Design committee.

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