Whether a caregiver, a health professional or just planning for the future, there are many options to educate yourself on aging and continuing care. Below are some great opportunities to learn, including videos, books and classes.



Aging at Home

Home for Life


Home for Life is a resource centre for clients, families, healthcare professionals, architects, designers and contractors to find and share information about home modification. If you are looking to modify and/or design your home, visit homeforlife.info



Alzheimer's & Dementia

Dementia Care Certificate of Completion (Mount Royal University)

This 3 course (45 hour) program helps health care workers understand the complexity of this neurological disorder and develop the skills required to support dementia care patients and their families.

Students will examine this progressive disease and its emotional and psychological impact on patients and their families.  Principles of gerontology from medical, nursing, sociology, kinesiology and psychology perspectives will provide an interdisciplinary approach to providing holistic care to dementia patients. 

For more information: conted.mtroyal.ca/dementia



Understanding Pain & Dementia Online Workshop & Toolkit


In the same way that leaves obscure what is underneath the surface, it is difficult to determine the depth of pain experience by someone with dementia. This is an online workshop for family members of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


More information: www.painanddementia.ualberta.ca



Understanding Alzheimer's & Types of Dementia Video Series


In this 7-part video series, Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. Jane Potter from the University of Nebraska Medical Center help you better understand Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


More information: http://www.caregiverstress.com/alzheimers-dementia/understanding-alzheimers-dementia-video-series/ 



Books & Music

Doris Inc.: A Business Approach to Caring for Your Elderly Parents


When Shirley Roberts' father passed away, her life and career were put on hold as the demands of caring for her elderly mother, Doris, began consuming more and more of her time and energy. Using her business prowess, Shirley, with the help of her financial advisor brother, developed Doris Inc. Using their business skills, they found ways to maintain their own lives and careers while ensuring that their mother received top-notch care. Much of their success has come from sound management practices and an original financial forecasting tool tailored for elders. In this heartfelt, beautifully written book, Shirley offers sage advice on how to cope with the emotional roller coaster of eldercare, along with proven care and financial planning strategies and tools that have worked so well for her. 


More information: Wiley.com/wileyCDA



Mental Aerobics

Nancy J. Lewthwaite, BSR, O.T. (ret’d), worked for 38 years in a variety of fields, including geriatric, complex care and pyschogeriatric. She focused on the area of cognitive stimulation with clients experiencing changes in cognition. From this experience, Nancy has written three volumes of Mental Aerobics, a great resource for those working with adults with cognitive challenges. The activities in all three manuals promote social interaction and help maintain, enhance or encourage use of cognitive abilities including:

  • Encouraging and enhancing the ability to remember
  • Encouraging receptive and expressive language skills
  • Enhancing sensory function
  • Fostering insight/judgment
More more information: http://www.mentalaerobics.net/
Room 217 - Therapeutic Music Resources


Room 217 therapeutic music resources have been specifically designed to create a pathway of soothing comfort through life's transitions. They may provide support to those with complex care needs, life challenging illness, those facing stressful times in their lives, and those who are looking for calm and relaxation in the midst of their life journey.


For more information: http://www.room217.ca/ 




Institute for Life Course and Aging Seminar Series


The Institute of Life Course & Aging has just announced the list of speakers for their Seminar Series for 2012-13. Seminars begin September 20, 2012, and will be held at the University of Toronto and can be viewed online.


For more information: http://hosting2.epresence.tv/AGING/1.aspx or view the brochure



Health & Fitness

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

The Western Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging has contributed to the development of physical activity guidelines for older adults across the spectrum of mobility.

More information: http://www.uwo.ca/actage/pdf/CCAA_guidelines_brochure_2012_final_email_rebrand.pdf 


Family Caregivers

Family Caregiver Support Webinar Series


The free monthly web seminars, hosted in cooperation with the American Society on Aging (ASA), provide tips, information and advice from the perspective of professionals who are well-versed in issues facing families caring for aging loved ones. 


More information: http://www.caregiverstress.com/familyeducation/




Active Aging Fitness Practitioner - Certificate Program (Grande Prairie Regional College)


Active Aging Fitness Practitioner Certificate is a field with a future: people are living longer, the 'boomer' generation is moving into its senior years, and there is more awareness of the link between physical activity, wellness and health aging. The one-year certificate program is a great way to enhance your degree in Bachelor of Physical Education, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Courses in the program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis either on-line or in a class room setting. 


For more information: http://www.gprc.ab.ca/programs/details.html?ID=304 



Alberta Association on Gerontology


The AAG has gathered a list of programs available in Alberta related to gerontology or age-related studied.


For more information: http://www.aagweb.ca/education.htm



Alberta Centre on Aging - University of Alberta

The Centre serves as a central focal point for education in aging. We play an important role in linking individuals and groups with similar research and education interests and needs. Interdisciplinary research teams are being established to study complex, aging-related questions. New models of education are being explored. Faculty members, students, and the community at large are encouraged to draw upon the expertise of the Centre. 


For more information: http://www.aging.ualberta.ca/education



Assisting with Medication Delivery 


As Health Care Aides (HCAs) are key to providing clients with quality care, the expanding role of the HCA now includes assisting with medication delivery. Additional skills and knowledge are needed to ensure medication safety. NorQuest College has responded to this need by offering ASMD. HCAs will be prepared to safely and effectively assist with medications under the supervision of a health care professional. This course will provide participants with the confidence needed to respond and succeed in their expanding roles as HCAs. 


More information: ASMD@norquest.ca



Dementia Care Certificate


Earn a certificate in Dementia Care from home! Our program is online. Whether you are a caregiver in a health care setting or family environment, you will benefit from this dynamic program. You will be guided through an in-depth exploration of dementia and the scope of care required. Units include: Preparing to be a Guide, The Journey Begins, Fuel for the Journey, Uncharted Territory, Safety First and Journey's End.


Call or email Arlene Wolkowycki, Instructor at NorQuest College for more information: 780-644-6361 or dementia.program@norquest.ca 



Hope Studies


NorQuest College Hope Studies offers real skills and strategies for staying personally hopeful and for dealing with feelings of hopelessness. Studies have shown how positivety influences every aspect of our lives. This 3 part series is offered in a variety of time frames. 


Call or email Gail Burns, Instructor at NorQuest College for more information: 780-644-6350 or hope.studies@norquest.ca



Master of Health Administration - Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Saskatchewan)

The Master of Health Administration (MHA) is primarily an online, course‐based degree offering students the opportunity to pursue personal and professional enhancement by obtaining a master’s degree on their own schedule, without having to take time away from home or work to participate in traditional classroom learning. Students attend courses on a part‐time basis while continuing their full‐time employment and can finish the degree in as little as two years. Courses are highly interactive using varied multimedia, discussion forums and supportive text‐based materials. In addition to their coursework, students participate in two brief in person residency periods. 

For more information: http://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/Academic_Programs/MHA.php 


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)


The HCA PLAR process is for individuals currently employed as nursing attendants or personal support workers who believe they have the skills and knowledge to meet the standards for a Health Care Aide certificate. Students will need to do a self-assessment in English prior to PLAR challenge.


Call or email Nicki Fjellstrom at Norquest College (Edmonton) for more information: 780-644-6369 or nicki.fjellstrom@norquest.ca

Bow Valley (Calgary): http://bowvalleycollege.ca/



Studies in Aging Certificate - Mount Royal College

With today’s aging population, professionals who specialize in healthy aging play a more important role than ever before. Mount Royal's Studies in Aging Certificate Program is designed for those who already have a diploma or degree from an accredited post-secondary institution. The certificate program takes an in-depth approach to meeting the multi-faceted needs of older adults and will appeal to a variety of professionals.

For more information: http://www.mtroyal.ca/StudiesinAgingCertificate/index.htm