Einat is the project manager for the ENRICHES collaborative bringing together local health and community leaders to address complex challenges facing caregivers ages 55+ whom are experiencing isolation. She is also the chair for the Toronto Caregiver Forum and a member of the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Sinai Health System. In addition she is the inventor of Dementia Talk App that won first place for the caregiver category in Dementia Hack Toronto in 2015. Einat is an Occupational Therapist by background and has worked in the past in dementia knowledge translation to build capacity in the primary care sector. She has also had the privilege of working with seniors in both nursing homes and community settings, adults with dual diagnosis and ABI. She is passionate about driving social change to advance care for clients and their caregivers.
Reducing Social Isolation in Family Caregivers Aged 55+ A Collective Impact Model
Dr. Sadavoy is professor of psychiatry and the inaugural chair holder of the Sam and
Judy Pencer and Family Chair in Applied General Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital
and the University of Toronto and Clinical Director of the Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has published widely in the field of geriatric psychiatry and has co-edited or written 9 books and manuals in geriatric psychiatry. He is a past- president of the International Psychogeriatric Association and was founding President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, he has received the President’s Award of the International Psychogeriatric Association for distinguished achievement in geriatric psychiatry, the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry award for outstanding contributions to geriatric psychiatry in Canada, and the International Psychogeriatric Association Field Award for Contributions to Geriatric Psychiatry. Beyond his active clinical practice of psychiatry he is engaged in developing and leading provision of psychiatric services to seniors in the Chinese Community in Toronto, and leading the roll out of a provincial program for care partners of those suffering from dementia in Ontario.
Stephanie Conant, MSW, is a Project Manager at North York Community House, one of five agencies that make up the collective ENRICHES to support isolated, newcomer caregivers 55+. North York Community House has been serving newcomers, immigrants and marginalized communities in north Toronto for over 25 years. Stephanie and her team have been engaging and supporting caregivers in Toronto through unique programs that address socially isolating factors affecting linguistically and culturally diverse populations. This includes an individualized Social Mentorship program, intergenerational computer and English literacy classes, and social/healthy living programs.
According to the Change Foundation report almost a third of Ontario’s population are caregivers providing care to a family member or a friend. Many caregivers feel socially isolated and do not recognize caregiving as a distinct role, separate from being a good friend, child, parent or spouse. They are often not recognized for their caregiving role or perceived as needing support.
The Engagement to Reduce Isolation in Caregivers at Home and Enhance Seniors (ENRICHES) Collaborative, funded in part by the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, brings together local health and community leaders to address the complex challenges facing caregivers 55+ experiencing social isolation in Toronto.
This presentation will discuss the relationship between social isolation and caregiver stress and demonstrate strategies and programs used by the ENRICHES collective to address social isolation in caregivers including working with ethno-specific organizations, places of worship, and ethnically diverse community leaders in order to engage and support some of the most isolated caregivers. The presentation will discuss the impact of these strategies as well as the role of collective impact model in addressing social isolation.
In this presentation you will learn about:
- The relationship between caregiver stress and social isolation;
- Four core strategies to address social isolation in senior caregivers and specific programs developed to enhance social participation; and
- The advantages of use of collective impact model in addressing social isolation.
Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Director, The Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for
Alzheimer’s Support and Training, Mount Sinai Hospital