01 September. 2020
Spotlighting Innovation for World Alzheimer’s Month
Launched in 2012, World Alzheimer's Month is an international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. World Alzheimer's Day is on September 21st each year. 

With one new case worldwide every three seconds, dementia is a term used to describe different brain disorders that affect memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. 

Dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging, leading scientists at Toronto Rehab are successfully innovating solutions for people living with the effects of dementia.

Better Care through Dementia Isolation Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has served to expose the acute vulnerability and challenges faced by people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families; especially during this extraordinary time of isolation and stress. A team led by KITE Senior Scientist, Dr. Andrea Iaboni, has designed a Dementia Isolation Toolkit for long-term care homes to support the compassionate, safe and effective isolation of individuals with dementia without compromising their dignity and personhood. Awarded funding from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund, the Toolkit will help improve the implementation of infection control protocols in long-term care homes, reduce community spread of the virus and protect healthcare workers. 

The team’s larger vision is to incorporate tele-monitoring in every resident room and offer remote activity programming to interconnect residents at long-term care homes. This system will offer larger-scale possibilities to maximize resident engagement while allowing caregivers to focus their time where it is needed most.

Maintaining Independence with Safe Driving

When someone's driver's license is taken away due to dementia, it can be devastating.  Using DriverLab, Toronto Rehab's state-of-the-art driving simulator, KITE Senior Scientist Dr. Jennifer Campos and PhD candidate Shabnam Haghzare want to understand how automated vehicle technologies could allow people with dementia to continue driving for as long as it is safely possible.

Learn how at UHN.ca 

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In Photos (clockwise from top): Dr. Andrea Iaboni, Dr. Jennifer Campos, and Shabnam Haghzare in DriverLab
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