2017 Recipient of The Global Ageing Network for Excellence in Applied Research Award

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NSCA Fall Newsletter



SUPPORT THE AGETASTICS TEAM: For more than 10 years the Centre on Aging has spearheaded the Agetastics Team in support of the important work of the Alzheimer Society. The Team has consisted of past and present staff and students of the Centre and others from the broader MSVU community, as either walk participants or through financially supporting the Team. Over the years the Team has raised more than $30,000 for this important cause. We invite the MSVU community to help us again this year. Visit the Agetastics Team’s page to sign up as a participant or to donate to the Team: http://www.alzgiving.ca/site/TR/WFA/WFA_NS?team_id=17452&pg=team&fr_id=3904 For those interested in getting together for a walk, we will organize a time later in May to do this on the MSVU campus. At some point, everyone will be touched by dementia, whether a relative, a friend, a member of your community or yourself. No one should have to face this disease alone. Make a difference and help us to help the Society do their important work. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information – nsca@msvu.ca

RECRUITING FOR POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: The project, How Approaches to Care Shape the Pathways of Older Adult Clients, researches how policy, practice and decision-making shape a client’s journey through the home care system. The NSCA is recruiting for a Postdoctoral position for this project. For more information go to HC Pathways-PDF Recrtmnt_25Jan2022

DR. KEEFE’S CanCOVID PRESENTATION NOW AVAILABLE: Dr. Janice Keefe presented, Family and Staff Perspectives on Implementing Visitation Programs in Nursing Homes During COVID‑19 Restrictions at the CanCOVID Speaker Series on Feb. 8, 2022. To view the presentation click here.

TWO BRIEFS RELEASED AS PART OF SALTY’S KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION SERIES: Two briefs with a focus on staff in long-term care and volunteers in long-term care have been released as part of the Seniors Adding Life to Years – (SALTY) Knowledge Translation Series:
The Role of Volunteers in Enhancing Resident Quality of Life in Long-Term Care: Analyzing Policies that May Enable or Limit this Role and Long-Term Residential Care Policy Guidance for Staff to Support Resident Quality of Life.

DR. KEEFE PRESENTER AT CCNA VIRTUAL PUBLIC EVENT DURING ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH: January was Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dr. Keefe was a presenter at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)’s free virtual public event on Jan. 25, Caring and caregiving for a person living with dementia. The event focused on people who care for those living with dementia. In case you missed it, here is a recording of her presentation at the event, https://ccna-ccnv.ca/caregiving/

NEW WEBINAR ON FAMILY VISITATION DURING COVID PROJECT: In this webinar Dr. Janice Keefe presents findings from the study which examined the implementation of family visitation policies during pandemic in care homes in NS and PEI. Cheryl Deveaux, CEO/Administrator of one of the partner care homes, speaks to the challenges and opportunities that emerged during the research. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e-tx3p358Q

EVALUATION UNDERWAY OF MENTAL HEALTH IN LTC PROJECT: The Nova Scotia Centre on Aging is partnering with Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association on a mental health support program being offered to 50 long term care facilities across Nova Scotia. The project is funded by Healthcare Excellence Canada and is taking place between January and March 2022. The Association has engaged Dallas Mercer Consulting who will be delivering the program. Our Centre’s role is to evaluate the program. The evaluation is important because:

  • it will build evidence that can help improve other programs and supports for staff in long term care
  • it will generate rigorous evidence that can be shared with other provinces
  • it will help to showcase the attention being given to mental health needs of long term care staff in Nova Scotia.

To learn more about the evaluation please go to the webpage  or email nsca@msvu.ca

NEW REPORT REVEALS INNOVATIVE PRACTICES USED IN LTC DURING COVID-19: Our new report, Practices of Interest to Support In-Person Family Presence and Communication with Families commissioned by Healthcare Excellence Canada reveals innovative and updated practices used regarding family presence in long-term care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The report looked at strategies from a number of long-term care homes. To view the webinar to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPeKzF-GHvQ&list=PLXppU70IRw-H7wy6c3QEQ1MHNyTqt8Wd_&index=20 To read the report go to https://healthcareexcellence.ca/media/jamgqx4q/20211015_supportfamilypresenceandcommunication_en.pdf

SURVEY ON QUALITY OF WORK LIFE IN LONG TERM CARE WRAPPING UP: Close to 500 staff from 10 care homes in Nova Scotia have participated in the TREC COVID Impact Survey between October and January. The Survey is part of the Translating Research in Eldercare program at University of Alberta led by Dr. Carole Estabrooks. Results expected to be available in the spring of 2022. For more information click  The Unsung Heroes_project summary

DR. JANICE KEEFE NAMED A FELLOW OF THE CANADIAN ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES: Dr. Keefe is one of just three health science leaders in the Atlantic region among the 74 newly named 2021 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Dr. Keefe is one of Canada’s leading researchers on aging, home care, long-term care and caregiving and a resource to municipal, provincial and federal governments on these topics. For more information click here. Congratulations Dr. Keefe!

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY IN DATA ANALYTICS: MSVU is one of several partners of the CAnD3 initiative, an innovative training program in Population Analytics in an Aging Society to equip the next generation of academic and applied population researchers with the knowledge, skills, and networks to support data-driven decision-making in aging societies. Contact nsca@msvu.ca for more information on training opportunities and possible funding through our site. For more information on the CAnD3 initiative go to https://www.mcgill.ca/cand3/

THE SALTY PROJECT: The SALTY Project has ended but stay up to date with news about manuscripts and other project summaries being released. Go to www.saltyltc.ca

HOME CARE PATHWAYS PROJECT COMPLETES THIRD SET OF INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPANTS: Interviews with members of the care constellations at both sites took place during the summer and preparation of these data are underway. Research team is pleased that clients of the 12 constellations were able to participant across the three time periods which will provide rich insights into changes in their pathway over time. Stay up to date at www.homecarepathways.ca