Frailty, dementia and disasters online resource: May 2–8 is emergency preparedness week

May. 02, 2011

With recent disasters leaving destruction in their wake throughout the world, we all should become more vigilant about our personal emergency preparedness. But when planning responses to a disaster, what can be done to prepare to care for vulnerable older adults who are frail or who have dementia?

To respond to this need Maggie Gibson, a psychologist at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Hospital, together with colleagues from across Canada, developed an online resource called Emergency Management, Frailty, Disasters and Dementia: What Health Care Providers Need to Know. This e-learning program helps health care providers, administrators and policy makers understand the vulnerability of older adults, how emergency management applies to them, ways to improve emergency preparedness, and the role of health care providers in protecting older people.

This project was funded by the Canadian Dementia Knowledge Translation Network and the Alzheimer Society of Canada Education and Training Knowledge Translation Award Program, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Key, St. Joseph's Health Care London
Phone: 519 685-4000 ext. 42470
Email: anne.kay@sjhc.london.on.ca

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