STAYING CONNECTED BULLETIN - MAY 22, 2020

As I write this message to you, we are in the middle of the Global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and all of us are adjusting to new ways of living our lives, creating new social norms and developing new perspectives on resilience and personal strengths.  It is fair to say that none of us could ever have anticipated this scenario when we celebrated the arrival of 2020 and the ‘year of the nurse and midwife’ https://www.icn.ch/news/2020-international-year-nurse-and-midwife-catalyst-brighter-future-health-around-globe The focus that will be placed on nursing this year will be momentous and a landmark in nursing history in terms of the contribution that we will make to the lives of populations at this time. READ MORE.

Two Professionally Led Choir Programs: Empowering People with Dementia and Their Care Partners.
In 2019, the estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) was more than six million in North America, with dementia rates projected to nearly double by 2031 because of the large boomer population and increases in longevity. No medical cure is expected anytime soon. Most of us have had personal experience with dementia and know the significant medical, financial and emotional impacts it has on families. There is an urgency to develop low cost and effective community-based programs that support people with dementia and their care partners. READ MORE. 

In Our Choir, People with Dementia Sing with Others. Now It’s Zooming

ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a model that uses innovative video-conferencing technology (ZOOM platform) to build capacity in the treatment of chronic illness, providing primary care providers (PCPs) with mentoring on current evidence-based guidelines. The purpose of the ECHO model is to reduce the need for specialist visits and to improve care for patients in rural and underserved areas. READ MORE.

See Dr. Paul Dagg's powerpoint presentation: Medical Staff Wellness in a Unique Time