The Pathways Series

Dec. 16, 2021

noon EST

Zoom

Webinar

These sessions bring people together to find stillness and share our collective wisdom so that we can provide better person-centred care to our elders.

Why take part

These free online monthly 30-minute sessions are for caregivers and care professionals who welcome help, and would like to improve your ability to manage your energy, motivation, and perspective— for your own wellbeing—and in order to better provide the quality care that you desire to achieve. While we have a specific audience in mind, anyone interested is welcome to join.

Stillness

Following a short welcome, each session starts with a 15-minute Stillness block, where Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon guides participants through simple relax-into-stillness movements that everyone can practice, and that you can easily incorporate into your daily lives— no matter how demanding your schedule.

The movements are gentle and involve breathing techniques that simultaneously help you to become more aware of how to stay relaxed under prolonged pressure, while also helping to calm your nervous system.

Each Stillness session includes a simple movement which you are invited to practice regularly before the next session, in order to cultivate your ability for stillness, and add to your repertoire of movements. The result is that — with continued practice that only asks for a few minutes of your time each day— your resilience is improved and spirits are lifted.

Person-centred Care

Having found our stillness, the second 15-minute Person-centered block is led by co-founders of the dementia care education and consulting company Person Centred Universe, Ashley King, and Daphne Noonan, and involves a short discussion of a specific topic affecting everyone.

The pandemic has taken us off kilter, and for many of us, caused us to lose our guiding light toward person centred care. Ashley & Daphne will endeavor to refocus and re-establish the principles of person centred care while we continue to navigate through the day to day challenges those who are working in and operating within long term care organizations.

We sometimes ask participants to contribute experiences on a particular topic beforehand so that these can be amalgamated and shared with the group. We also invite specialists to help us understand and be better on a topic.

Subjects range from current hot topics to long-term structural issues to new and long-existing knowledge, to long-term care and care in our communities and at home.

Our aim with these sessions is to bring people together to find stillness and share our collective wisdom so that we can provide better person-centred care to our elders.

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, December 16, 12:00-12:30 EST

Outline:

  1. Stillness exercises
  2. Reviewing our person-centred care goals

All registrants receive session recordings, clips of exercises, and invitations to future sessions. You can unregister at any time.

People
Gary Irwin-Kenyon
Gary Irwin-Kenyon

Gerontologist and Tai Chi teacher @Pathways to Stillness

Dr. Irwin-Kenyon was born in Montreal, Quebec, and completed his early studies at Concordia University. He did his doctoral work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and then became a postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. He was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and is a frequent visiting scholar in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon is founding Chair and Professor at the Gerontology Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

He is a Fellow of the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. Gary is listed in Who’s Who in Canada (Grey House Publishing) and the United States (Marquis Biographies Online).

He has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books, including Narrative Gerontology, Storying Later Life, Restorying Your Life, Ordinary Wisdom, and Pathways to Stillness.

Gary is a teacher and practitioner of Tai Chi with more than thirty years of experience. He designed a program, Tai Chi as Narrative Care, which he has been teaching for the past ten years to special groups, including residents in long-term care. He conducts workshops and seminars in Canada, The United States, Europe, and Asia. Gary is also an apprentice barista. He resides in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Liz, where they operate Seahaven, an organic B&B.

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Ashley King

Co-founder @Person Centred Universe

Ashley first became interested in the field of aging when she was providing care to her grandmother at home.

She has fifteen years of experience in community and long-term care. Alongside Person Centred Universe, Ashley is the Executive Director of Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home in New Brunswick.

Ashley has developed numerous training programs including the use of individualized music therapy, therapeutic activity, and Snoezelen Rooms, among others.

Ashley holds a BA in Gerontology, is a certified educator for the Dementia Understanding the Journey Course, holds a certificate from the NCCDP as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is certified for Dementia Care Mapping from the trailblazing Bradford University in the UK.

She has previously been a board member of the provincial chapter and national federation of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

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Daphne Noonan

Co-founder @Person Centred Universe

Daphne has twenty years of experience working in a variety of roles in long-term care in Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Alongside Person Centred Universe, she is currently the Executive Director of Nashwaak Villa Nursing Home in New Brunswick, which she has taken through a transformation to become an award-winning Planetree Gold Certified organization following the principles of person-centred care.

At Person Centred Universe she provides transformational leadership coaching and other consulting services, develops new programs, and is a sought-after speaker in industry events.

Daphne holds a BA in Gerontology, M.Ed in Adult Education, a diploma in Health Sciences specializing in Therapeutic Recreation, and is certified for Dementia Care Mapping from the trailblazing Bradford University in the UK.

She has previously been a board member of the provincial chapter and national federation of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.

Rahzeb Choudhury
Rahzeb Choudhury

Founder @Lifelong Inspiration

Rahzeb is the founder of the platform company Lifelong Inspiration, which focuses on advancing person-centredness in commerce and society through strategy and technology solutions consulting and product or service development. In long-term care, Lifelong Inspiration is most well known for True Doors®, decals help that improve the lives of people with dementia. True Doors began as a social art and life story project and is now a respected brand adopted from Tasmania to Vancouver.

Rahzeb has been a London city banker, market analyst, and globe-trotting language technology entrepreneur. He and his family are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.