Strategies for Social Connection Among Isolated Older Adults

This resource presents a model for social connectedness that focuses on how older adults can change their thinking, feeling, and connections to reduce their distress during periods of isolation.

Service providers and older adults can work together (even over the phone), by building a flexible “Connections Plan” to develop coping strategies for preventing or managing social isolation during periods of isolation.

Printable handouts and a worksheet are included to support implementation.

Published By: CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Publication Date: August 14, 2020

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Stuck in the Vortex of Despair: Responding to PTSD @ Webinar
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

A realistic approach of how to treat CPTSD and DT in short-term agency-based programs as well as ongoing long-term psychotherapy will be outlined. Early childhood trauma (emotional deprivation, physical /sexual abuse) intertwined with insecure early attachment patterns and the strain of present-day adversity may lead some clients to experience chronic and complex intrapsychic, and interpersonal reactions. For some individuals, their lives are filled with a pool of unmet needs, a legacy of interpersonal turmoil, a range of disruptive trauma reactions, and a deficit of skill, motivation, and support to move beyond their past. These individuals may become chronically depressed, have addictions, and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization.

Learning Objectives:

-Understand the intersecting dimensions of insecure attachment and Complex/Developmental Trauma
-Distinguish PTSD, CPTSD, BDP and DT
-Identify the core characterological features of chronic trauma (rigid schemas, physical/emotional dysregulation, emotional flashbacks, oversized inner critic, shame prone-identity, self-alienation, blocked grief, dissociation, fixed flight, flight, freeze, fawn responses, relational reenactments, existential despair)
-Outline key treatment directions, strategies, and models: Schema Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

Registration closes September 17th 2020.

Monday, September 21, 2020 & Monday, September 28, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Time

This webinar is brought to you by the SickKids Learning Institute

Living Safely With Dementia Online Forum for World Alzheimer’s Day @ Online
Sep 21 @ 10:30 am – 8:00 pm

Join the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region for this online event to learn and expand your knowledge about Living Safely With Dementia for World Alzheimer’s Day. Relevant to anyone interested in expanding their knowledge about living safely with dementia in the community.

No charge | Please pre-register at
Or phone 905-576-2567 | Toll-free 1-888-301-1106 ext. 5228

This online event is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region

Normal Aging vs Dementia @ Webinar
Sep 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us as we explore Normal Aging vs Dementia and what you can do to keep your brain healthy.

Speaker: Sarah Putman, Manager of Education,

This session is brought to you by the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

Association Of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) ICON Deep Dives: MORE Major Gifts (2-Part Series) @ Webinar
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Major gifts – those energizing, big boosts to your programs, people, and facilities. Join Marcy Heim to dig deep into creating a donor relationship action plan – what you need in place for success, how you inspire your Board and others to WANT to help you build authentic connections,(not ask), what exactly to say to ask, and how you think about money and your work in a way that makes this a joy to do. Whatever size “major” is for you – let’s embrace the opportunity to raise more money, do more good, and have fun doing it!

September 22 and 24 (2-part series); 1:00 – 5:00 PM ET Each Day
Cost: $279 (Members); $349 (Non-Members)
Presented By: Marcy Heim, CFRE, CSP, PLCC, The Artful Asker, Madison, WI
Eligible for 8 CFRE points
The course is limited to 30 participants. A waitlist will be maintained.

*Course recordings will not be available.

This webinar series is brought to you by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Poppy Project: Niagara Falls History Museum @ Niagara Falls History Museum
Sep 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Poppy Project is a collaborative community ART PROJECT by the Niagara Falls History Museum in conjunction with Stick ‘N Needles Guild. The Museum is inviting you to work on this large scale installation of knit and crochet poppies to drape over the exterior of the Museum for Remembrance Day. Our goal is 2500 poppies by September.

The public is asked to create these poppies at home or at the Museum (once it is reopened) at regularly scheduled events throughout 2020. During the current crisis, we would love to see social media posts with you making poppies #nfpoppyproject and tag the Museum. Until the museum reopens, please keep your poppies at home. We will be developing plans for drop off once the museum is back open.

Members of the Stick’N Needles Guild will be on hand to help participants with the poppy patterns. Coffee, tea and yarn will be provided at these events, but please bring your own needles or hook if you have them.

This event is brought to you by the Niagara Falls History Museum and the Stick’N Needles Guild

The 2020-21 Influenza Season – Hope for the best, plan for the worst @ Webinar
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Very little influenza circulated in the Southern Hemisphere during the 2020 respiratory virus season, potentially due to measures to control COVID-19. It is possible that little influenza will circulate in the Northern Hemisphere as well, however it is important to plan for possible co-circulation of COVID-19, influenza and other respiratory viruses.

This rounds session will highlight:
-The 2020 Southern Hemisphere influenza season, and the possible implications for the 2020-21 Northern Hemisphere season
-The products available as part of Ontario’s 2020-21 Universal Influenza Immunization Program, including the cell-culture based influenza vaccine
-COVID-19 related precautions for practitioners providing influenza vaccination
-Influenza treatment and outbreak management in the context of possible co-circulation of influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses
-The Influenza, COVID-19 and other respiratory virus laboratory testing algorithm at Public Health Ontario laboratories for the 2020-21 season

This session will be repeated and offered on September 22, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
To register please email

This webinar is brought to you by Public Health Ontario

Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Racialized Young People @ Webinar
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This training will provide guidance to those providing mental health care to young people and their families around providing culturally competent care for diverse young people. The training will discuss various ways that young people and their families may have felt unheard or uncomfortable in mental health settings due to their racial and/or ethnic identity and will discuss approaches that practitioners can use to help decrease barriers to care for such young people and their families.

This training will discuss experiences young people and their families have of oppression, racism, and structural oppression, and while the goal is to help all participants have greater comfort in dealing with these issues, participants should come willing to acknowledge the role these factors play in young people’s lives.

Learning Objectives:

-Participants will have a greater understanding of the barriers to mental health care faced by racialized young people and their families.
-Participants will acquire strategies to engage racialized young people and their families in mental health care.
-Participants will be able to identify specific struggles that racialized and underserved children and youth may face in Canada and how these might affect their mental health

This webinar is brought to you by the SickKids Learning Institute.


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