COVID-19 Updates 

With the unprecedented global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) are especially mindful about our community – people living with dementia, stroke or neurodegenerative diseases and those who care for them and work on their behalf.

CANADIAN RESEARCHERS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT COVID-19 DOES TO THE BRAIN THROUGH ONLINE GAMES

A team from Western University, the University of Toronto, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre hope to answer this important question with a massive global study on the impacts of COVID on the brain.

Instead of coming into a lab or a doctor’s office, participants will take part in online games from the comfort of their own homes, to help researchers understand the long-term effects of the virus.

Click here to read the full article.

ONDRI SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL SELF-CARE DAY

Jill Czuczman, a member of ONDRI’s Patient & Community Advisory Committee, shares her experiences as a caregiver to her husband who is living with Frontotemporal dementia, in order to raise awareness about self-care and the important role it plays in leading a healthy lifestyle.

Watch the video here. 

WEBINAR: TAKING CARE OF MIND, BODY AND SOUL IN THE COVID PANDEMIC

A discussion for people living with or caring for those with cognitive or motor problems from Alzheimer’s disease, MCI, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Frontotemporal dementia, Stroke or Aging.

Thank you to all who joined!  

You can find a list of useful resources that were discussed here.

Missed it? You can watch the recorded meeting here

‘DANCING WITH PARKINSON’S (DWP)’ OFFERS FREE CLASSES

While navigating their way through social distancing, DWP continues to be guided by its mission of bringing seniors out of isolation and fostering connection through dance. To this end, DWP has recently started to offer free live dance classes through Zoom seven days a week.  To sign up or for more details, click here

SEVERE ACUTE RESPIRATORY SYNDROME CORONAVIRUS 2 (SARS-CoV-2) AND THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

Read a scientific article from Dr. Fernanda G. De Felice, co-authored by one of our ONDRI leads here.

CARING FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Dr. Richard Swartz, ONDRI Co-Lead, speaks to CTV News about how to care for those living with dementia during COVID-19. Watch the full news clip here.

While the new coronavirus is known to cause respiratory illness, some scientists suggest it can also potentially lead to brain and nerve damage in certain patients. Click here to read the latest article from The Globe and Mail.

COVID-19: TIPS FOR SUPPORTING PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA

For people living with dementia, their thinking, learning, and memory are affected, which impacts everyday living. This can be difficult in the best of times, but it can be especially challenging as we navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest blog from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to learn how to better support those with dementia.

HEART & STROKE WEBINAR 

“Self-management and self-care during COVID-19 for people with stroke, heart conditions and vascular cognitive impairment”. Watch the webinar here.

WHERE TO VOLUNTEER DURING (AND AFTER) THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Whether it’s going on a grocery run or helping someone learn to read, there are some easy ways to give back during the pandemic. To read more, click here

SOCIAL DISTANCING, YES                                  SOCIAL ISOLATION, NO

Together with our community partners, we have released a statement highlighting some easy things we can do to ensure the health and well-being of our community.  For more details, please click here.

IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S

Dr. David Grimes speaks on Facebook Live about the impacts of COVID-19 on people living with Parkinson’s with Parkinson Canada. Watch the full video here.