Resiliency and vulnerability of Young Caregivers: A longitudinal study of their navigation through COVID-19

The study is a collaboration with Ryerson University, Brock University, Young Caregivers Association, and Young Carers Program Toronto. More than 8 million Canadians provide informal unpaid care to a family member or friend with injury, disability, or illness. Ontario alone has an estimated 3.3 million family caregivers and of these, 17% are young caregivers (15-25Continue reading Resiliency and vulnerability of Young Caregivers: A longitudinal study of their navigation through COVID-19

Phase 2 Complete! See What Young Caregivers Thought of Our Emergency Planning Video

Phase 2 of the Ryerson University, Brock University, and Young Caregivers Association (YCA) partnership explored the usefulness of a video on emergency planning among young caregives between 12 and 25 years old from both rural and urban communities. Phase 2 was conducted with 16 participants and was split between younger (12-17) and older young caregiversContinue reading Phase 2 Complete! See What Young Caregivers Thought of Our Emergency Planning Video

Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared: A Video on Emergency Preparedness to Help Young Caregivers During COVID-19 and Onwards

Ryerson University, Young Caregivers Association (YCA), Brock University, and Ontario Tech University partnered to explore how we can best support young caregivers. The study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Young caregivers are children under the age of 25 who provide unpaid care to a loved one, often  a grandparent[s], butContinue reading Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared: A Video on Emergency Preparedness to Help Young Caregivers During COVID-19 and Onwards

Digital Solutions for Rural Young Carers: Phase One of Our SSHRC PEG Project

In Ontario alone, it is estimated that there are over 500,000 young carers who provide physical, medical, emotional, or other supports to a parent, grandparent, or sibling at home (The Change Foundation, n.d.). Young carers often juggle school and/or jobs on top of their responsibilities to provide care. Without appropriate and adequate supports, young carersContinue reading Digital Solutions for Rural Young Carers: Phase One of Our SSHRC PEG Project

Spare a Thought for Dementia at Brock University and Niagara College

For the past school year, the Spare a Thought for Dementia Collaborative partnered with the nursing program at Brock University and the PSW program at Niagara College to engage students in raising youth awareness and advocating for persons with dementia and their caregivers.  Two nursing students at Brock University were chosen to run a socialContinue reading Spare a Thought for Dementia at Brock University and Niagara College

EMBODY – Experiencing Dementia Through New Media Exhibit

In October of 2018, Dr. Kristine Newman from Ryerson University’s Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing collaborated with researchers from Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) to showcase a new media exhibit, entitled EMBODY – Experiencing Dementia Through New Media. The exhibit was held at the RBC iDAPT Innovations Gallery at TRI over the course of four weeks, and wasContinue reading EMBODY – Experiencing Dementia Through New Media Exhibit

Walk for Memories 2019

Our team, Spare a Thought for Dementia, recently participated in the annual Walk for Memories organized by Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto. We fundraised and walked to support research on Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. For more information about the event and our participation, please check out the presentation slides below.

EVENT – Presentations by Ron Belano

Join Ron Belano in learning more about dementia safety and technology as he travels through Southern Ontario delivering a series of key presentations. Please see the attached posters for more information about the different events and registration details.  

Telling Our Story: T4Dementia

Students enrolled at Ryerson’s School of Professional Communication collaborated with Dr. Kristine Newman and Jacky Au Duong, CCK, to storyboard, draft, and produce a 3-minute 300-word video about the Spare a Thought for Dementia collaborative.