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New podcast aims to break the stigma of dementia

February 2, 2022 - Media release

“Call to Mind” is a new podcast series from UVic recorded by people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Hosted and led by Debra Sheets, a nursing professor and researcher with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health, the series features intimate audio diaries and conversations about the rewards and challenges of caregiving, the impacts of isolation and finding joy by living in the present, and staying in love when everything else is changing.

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Dark matters

December 1, 2021 - The Torch

A UVic team is shedding light on why some brain cells go to the dark side and damage the brain—and how we can prevent it.

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Singing to fight the stigma and social isolation of dementia

April 25, 2018 - The Ring

"Voices in Motion" is an intergenerational community choir for persons with dementia, their family caregivers and high school students. It's also a UVic research study looking into how participation in an intergenerational choir might foster social engagement and caregiver well-being, improve quality of life for persons with dementia, and reduce some of the stigma surrounding memory loss.

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Urban design to support the disoriented

November 6, 2014 - The Ring

You may have heard of care facilities designed specifically for people with dementia; they have features such as circular walkways, colour-coded areas that help people recognize where they are, or simple signs hung at eye level. But what if we started taking the needs of people with dementia into consideration when we designed a new park or a city street? These were questions Maria Przydatek explored as part of her masters thesis on dementia-friendly urban planning.

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