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OCO Webinar: Q&A on Caregiver Mental Health with Dr. Patrick McGrath


Caregiving can sometimes lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, and burnout. In more challenging situations, caregivers may also notice post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from their experiences. How can caregivers find support for their mental health? The OCO welcomes back Dr. Patrick McGrath to answer important questions that caregivers have shared with us. Submit your question about mental health in advance Gain useful tips and strategies on how to manage your mental health Learn what services or tools are available to support your mental health needs Note: We encourage caregivers to share questions when filling out the Eventbrite registration. The OCO endeavors to answer as many questions as possible, but some questions may not be answered due to time limitations. Our Speaker: Dr. Patrick McGrath is a clinical psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University and a scientist at the IWK Health Centre where his research is based. He is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and founder and president of 90Second Health Letters. He frequently treats caregivers with anxiety in his private practice. All attendees who complete the webinar survey can enter a draw to win an Ontario Caregiver Organization prize. This draw will be […]

OCO Webinar: Hypertension Quality Standard


As a caregiver, understanding a diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) can be complex. People with hypertension may not feel any symptoms, but if the condition is not well managed, it can lead to serious health problems, such as a heart attack or stroke. Knowing where and how to access accurate information can help you support the person you’re caring for to maintain a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. In recognition of Hypertension Awareness Month in May, join our webinar to learn about: Ontario Health’s new Hypertension quality standard and opportunities to improve care for people with hypertension Information, tools, and resources to support and help your care recipient with managing their hypertension (e.g., health behaviour changes and self-management) Questions to discuss with your care recipient’s health care team Stories from caregivers who have provided care and support to people with hypertension Our Speaker: Gracia Mabaya is a Lead in the Clinical and Quality Standards Program at Ontario Health. Having dedicated nearly eight years to Ontario Health, she has led and contributed to the development and refinement of quality standards across various health conditions, notably leading the development of the Hypertension: Care in the Community for Adults quality standard. Hypertension Quality Standard: https://www.hqontario.ca/evidence-to-improve-care/quality-standards/view-all-quality-standards/hypertension All attendees who complete […]

OCO Webinar: Intimacy & Connection in the Caregiver-Partner Relationship


Caregiving changes so much in how we experience life and our familial relationships. In this webinar, we will explore the shifts that occur in the dynamics of intimate partner relationships. Often the general caregiving challenges overshadow the deeper relationship needs between the caregiver and care recipient. In observance of Mental Health Week this May, join Michal Goldstein, a registered social worker, and explore how caregivers can manage some of the challenges that arise within this shifting dynamic, including: Feelings of isolation and guilt Changes in intimacy Feelings of disinterest in the relationship Tools to regain connection and intimacy Our Speaker: Michal Goldstein is a clinical social worker and therapist with 15 years of experience in supporting individuals, couples, and families to build stronger and healthier relationships. She is also the owner and founder of Creating Connections Counselling Services, a virtual therapy practice based in Toronto that helps individuals and families to reconnect and thrive. Michal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees. She is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). […]

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