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 Dinner, Education Sessions, & Annual General Meeting
Monday, September 18th, 2017

Saint Mary’s University Loyola Conference Centre
Parking 4 pm and later in SMU parking lot and/or on surrounding street(s)

4:15 – 5:00 pm        Registration & Exhibits
5:00 pm                 Welcome

5:15 – 6:00 pm        Addiction in Older People – Brent Laybolt
This presentation will provide information on the use of addictive substances in the elderly, diversion dynamics, long-term, chronic effects on the using person’s (and recovered) brains, and dynamics of care for the aging addiction population.

6:00 – 6:30 pm        Exhibits
6:30 pm                  Dinner         

6:45 -- 7:30 pm       Music Therapy – Paige Morrissey
We will learn more about how we can incorporate music into every day practice and the benefits for our clients/residents.

7:30 – 8:15 pm        Palliative Care & Dementia – Raylene MacDonald
Often dementia is not framed as a terminal illness requiring palliative care and there is confusion between palliative versus end of life care. As well, substitute decision makers may have insufficient information. The aim is to identify the need for a palliative approach to dementia care so we can aid families in establishing goals of care and advanced care planning.

8:15 – 8:30 pm        Break
8:30 – 9:30 pm        Annual General Meeting (all are welcome)
9:30 pm                 Door Prizes


Don’t Miss Out -
Register before Sept 8th, 2017
For further information please contact
Esther Stamm (Esther.Stamm@nshealth.ca) or
Jennifer Hayes at 902-742-2158 (Jennifer.Hayes@nshealth.ca)





For our next CGNA conference in May 2017, we are creating a Canada Quilt to raffle as it is Canada’s 150th birthday and is in keeping with the theme of GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING: SHAPING HEALTHCARE FOR THOSE WHO SHAPED CANADA. Funds raised will go to the Memorial Scholarship Fund. Our hope is to have one quilt block representing each province and territory. The idea is for each quilter to choose or design a pattern for a quilt block that is representative of some part of your province or territory (e.g. Sharon may make a block that represents Alberta by doing a quilt block with mountains and the sun). We already have a CGNA quilter each from Alberta, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island who have volunteered, so we are looking for a quilter from each of the other provinces and territories. We are incorporating a Canada Flag block in the quilt and will mail a fat quarter of the red fabric to each quilter to use if they have red fabric as part of their design.

If you are interested in contributing a block for your province or territory please email: diane.buchanan@queensu.ca as soon as possible. We would like to know that we have across Canada representation.

We plan to accept the first volunteer from each province or territory. We would like the blocks by November 1st in order to assemble and quilt it for the beginning of May 2017 conference!

Thank you, Diane and the 2017 Conference Planning Committee


Dementia: Understanding the Journey (formerly ADODCC) will be offering a facilitator orientation session for the new 7th edition on Sept 20, 2016 at the HANS office in Bedford. If you or a member of your staff are interested in becoming a facilitator or have been a facilitator  of past editions please see the attached registration form more information.
Please note the session is almost full, there are about 5 seats left and will be first come first serve, however we will be looking at adding another session in the fall if there is demand for it.

Facilitator Orientation Flyer


Thank you for attending the Alzheimer Research Breakfast last week and making it a success! It was an incredible morning with Teepa Snow that really brought the communities together. The presentation from Teepa's presentation is included herein, access by clicking on HERE.

NSGNA provided 4 seats at the respective sessions and the successful recipients sponsored were:
Halifax - June Luan & Suzanne Stevens
Bridgewater – Esther Stamm & Nida Beck

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Please take a moment to learn more about the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia's 2016 campaign.

Dr. Hassan “Dementia Beyond Drugs”