Dementia: Its Challenges and Opportunities.Preparing Ourselves for the Future

This two-day interactive workshop will provide occupational therapists and other health professionals with knowledge and essential skills to enhance their practice with older adults who have dementia or who may be in the early stages of cognitive decline.

  • Day 1 focusses on understanding the brain and the course of dementia, reviewing key assessment tools and providing a systematic approach to managing behaviours associated with dementia.
  • Day 2 allows participants to explore several “sensitive issues” that present unique ethical challenges, such as driving, intimacy and long-term care settings.

After taking part in this workshop, participants will:

  • increase understanding of the neurological basis for dementia,
  • acquire advanced knowledge on different cognitive assessments,
  • apply systematic approach to management of behaviours associated with dementia,
  • provide education and coping strategies to families and other caregivers ,
  • assess risks and intervene appropriately through discussion of several “sensitive issues”, such as driving and intimacy,
  • advocate for the role of occupational therapy within the interprofessional team.


  • Sylvia Davidson, O.T. Reg. (Ont.) is the Professional Practice Chief for Occupational Therapy at Baycrest. She has spent over 20 years working with older adults, with a focus on dementia over the past 15 years. Sylvia is the editor of the CAOT Publication “Living with Alzheimer’ Disease and Related Dementias” and the chair of CAOT’s Occupational Therapists working in Dementia Care network.

Sign up at before November 28, 2014 to take advantage of the early bird rates.

Registration deadline: January 9, 2015

Join us in this 3 city tour!             

Toronto, Ontario
January 30 and 31, 2015

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
March 13 and 14, 2015

Halifax, Nova Scotia
April 10 and 11, 2015