Category: Aging and Gerontology (SWAG)

Gather for World Elder Abuse Day, June 15

From Beverlee McIntosh – Nepean Rideau Osgood Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) asked that we pass this event through the SWAG network.

The agency needs financial support to keep up their good work in Ottawa. If you know of any ‘angel donors’ who are looking for a worthy cause, encourage them to attend this breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion.


Stephanie Cadieux – Speaker          Pic_Stephanie Cadieux





SWAG spotlights new avenues of research by Marjorie Silverman on carers and caregiving

SWAG wind up until Fall meeting, from Beverlee McIntosh – “Please RSVP so we know how many are coming!! Its always a nice evening of networking, socializing and education. PLEASE join us!”

THURSDAY MAY 11TH 6:30 to 9 PM


Theme: Spotlight on new avenues of Research on Carers and Caregiving

Marjorie Silverman

Speaker: Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
School of Social Work, University of Ottawa

The projects examine the everyday life experiences of carers, one from the perspective of young adults caring for older adults, and the other from the perspective of carers of people with dementia. The greater part of the presentation will focus on the experiences of carers of people with dementia in their neighbourhoods and communities. While there is growing interest in the topic of ‘dementia-friendly’ communities, there has been little Canadian research to date. What are carers’ social, relational, and practical experiences of their neighbourhoods? How are they being supported locally? Where do they go and why? Professor Silverman will talk about the innovative methods she is using to try to answer these questions. She will also share some preliminary findings, in particular as they relate to the topic of walks and the multiple purposes of local walks for carers.




Hors D’eouvres   6:30 -Talk will start shortly after 7PM

Digital life and death

I stumbled on this approach/resource via a tweet from social work tech group.   Both the tech and pod cast sites seem like a lively spot to support knowledge sharing for social workers.

Death and Grief in the Digital Age: Interview with Carla Sofka, Ph.D.

[Episode 109] Today’s episode of the Social Work Podcast is about Death and Grief in the Digital Age. I spoke with Dr. Carla Sofka, professor of Social Work at Siena College. Dr. Sofka has been studying and writing about the intersection of technology and death and grief since the earliest days of the world wide web. Her edited 2012 text, Dying, Death and Grief in an Online Universe, looks at how changes in communication technology have revolutionized the field of thanatology.

In today’s episode we talk about the role of social media in how, why, where and when, who we grieve. She shares stories of people whose loved ones have died, only to find out that because of social media they are the last to know. Carla provides some digital literacy around death and grief in the digital age. She talks about social media posts as death notifications, about establishing digital advance directives and thinking about our digital dust.

She talks about STUG reactions which are Sudden Temporary Upsurges of Grief. I had never heard of a STUG reaction, but I actually had one during our conversation. You’ll hear me talk about college friend of mine who died several years ago and during the interview start to tear up as I recalled getting a Facebook notification that it was her birthday.  We then talked about internet ghosts, memorial pages, memorial trolls, how and when people should respond to death notices online and what that means for the loved ones. She suggests that just as we provide sex education to kids, we should be providing death education.  She also recommends including technology assessment in the standard biopsychosocialspiritual assessment. We ended our conversation talking about resources for mental health professionals who want to learn more.

The Social Work Podcast

Provides information on all things social work, including direct practice (both clinical and community organizing), research, policy, education… and everything in between.

Social Work Tech 

Social Work Tech

These articles are intended to help practitioners, psychotherapists, students, and visionaries in social work (and related fields) to understand technology tools and utilize them so that one can be better organized, improve delivery of intervention, and promote personal and professional development.
To empower personal and professional development of helping professionals through the use of technology.


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SWAG meeting – Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO): Mental Health Support for Community-Based Seniors

SWAG’s next meeting–




43 AYLMER AVENUE near Bank and Sunnyside (3 hr on street parking)


Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO):
Mental Health Support for Community-Based Seniors

Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa (GPCSO) offers vital mental health services and supports to Ottawa seniors who live independently or with caregivers.

GPCSO social workers Amanda Masterson and Tiffany Dugas will present on services and supports offered by GPCSO to seniors living in Ottawa, in addition to the ways social workers can assist their clients in accessing these supports.

Presentations on programs and changes – elder abuse, Health Links, CCAC

From SWAG list serve BREAKFAST & LEARN event, For Health Care Service Professionals

Guest Presenters

  • LHIN/CCAC – Pending Changes
  • Health Links – Bringing Providers Together To Ensure Better Coordination of Care
  • Visavie – How Visavie is expanding their services to better meet client needs and their partnership with Crisis Bed Program.
  • Elder Abuse Response & Referral Crisis Bed Program – Assisting seniors living in abusive situations to temporarily leave their home while service providers work on a permanent living arrangement.  This program is also available for Caregivers who are experiencing burnout.

Date:    Monday, February 27, 2017;  Time:   7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

                                                     (Presenters start at 8:15 a.m.)

                                      Venue:  Park Place Retirement Residence

                                                      120 Central Park Drive



Theory of change for an elder abuse program, CRECS Colloquium

For both front line workers and program evaluators there is value to bridge our practice and evaluation.   This presentation promises to help us integrate as well as guide the complexity of practitioner practice knowledge with organizational and program mission.

Colloquium: From the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services (CRECS)

Representing well a case-management theory of change for an elder abuse program– implications for construct validity
Much attention is being given to using program theory as the foundation for making valid inferences in evaluation. However, case management programs offer unique challenges to valid representation. This research proposes a model for representing program theory validly in a case management program, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Services.

France Gagnon, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Education.

Friday March 10 – learn more here:
Registration details: Free. Light lunch will be served. Registration website:
Cost to attend: Free of charge