CESRD Doctoral Student awarded James M Flaherty Research Scholarship

Ms. Niamh Hennelly was awarded the James M Flaherty Research Scholarship by the Ireland Canada University Foundation, to work with leading researchers in the area of personhood in dementia. Niamh is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia. Niamh will visit Professor Deborah O’Connor in the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver during April/May 2017. The research entails an Irish/Canadian comparison of the role of personhood in care relationships in dementia and its implications for regulation and person-centred care policies.

Niamh shares some of her experiences in her blog:

Week 1 
I am delighted to be in the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and working in the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia (CRPD) for the next four weeks. This is an interdisciplinary centre directed by Prof. Deborah O’Connor. It examines social, psychological and lifestyle influences on the experience of the person with dementia and their family. I met with a group of PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers and professors affiliated with the centre last Friday. They come from a variety of disciplines including nursing, social work and law and had lots of insightful and interesting perspectives to share…read more here

Week 2

I was fortunate to meet with Jim Mann this week. Jim has done a phenomenal amount of advocacy and lobbying work for the Alzheimer Society of Canada nationally and for the society here in British Columbia. In fact it is impossible to do justice to all of his work in this short post. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, Jim started volunteering with the Alzheimer society…..read more here

Week 3

Good news for Ontario as €100 million has been pledged towards the implementation of its provincial dementia strategy http://www.carp.ca/2017/05/03/funding-dementia-strategy-ontario/. This is Ontario’s second plan, it’s first dating from 1999. Incidentally, it was the first province to develop a plan in Canada. The map below shows the dates each province published a plan. The success of the implementation of these has been varied, but particular reference was given to the work of Ontario and Quebec (Dudgeon, 2010). You will note that the territories do not have strategies as they are run at the federal level and so will be covered by a National Canadian Strategy, when it is developed. Read more of Niamh’s blog here