Join us for an in-person celebration of our accomplishments over the past year and a glimpse into the future of McCormick Care Foundation.
Dr. Savundranayagam PhD, FGSA
Associate Professor, School of Health Studies; Director, Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences,
Your steadfast support and generosity have ensured we can continue to advance research and innovations in senior and dementia care at McCormick Care Group and provide meaningful life experiences for those we serve throughout the broader London area and beyond.
We hope you will join us to celebrate our collective accomplishments and to hear from our guest speaker, Dr. Savundranayagam, who will share insights on our collaborations.
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About Our Guest Speaker: Dr. Savundranayagam
Dr. Savundranayagamis an associate professor in Health Studies at Western University. She is also the director of the Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit. She conducts research that has an impact on how we care for older adults living with dementia and their care partners, both family and formal care partners. Within family care, her research is on enhancing our understanding of the contributors of stress and depression among family care partners. Her research uses that knowledge to develop, implement, and assess interventions that enrich their care experiences. Within formal care, Dr. Savundranayagam’s research aims to understand the factors that lead to communication breakdown between care partners and persons living with dementia. Her research uses that knowledge to equip care partners with the necessary skills to deliver person-centered care. Most recently, Dr. Savundranayagam and her research team created and implemented Be EPIC, which is a person-centered communication training for frontline health care workers who work with persons living with dementia. Dr. Savundranayagam is committed to conducting research that has an impact on health care practice and policy.
Dr. Savundranayagam received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s ‘Age Plus’ Award for her work on communication problems and burdens among family caregivers of persons with dementia. Her research on family care has been funded by the Hartford Foundation, and the international grants program at the Alzheimer’s Association, and she is part of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging. Her research on formal care, including Be EPIC, is funded by the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation, the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, and Future Skills Centre. Dr. Savundranayagam serves as an associate editor for the Clinical Gerontologist and is on the editorial boards of Educational Gerontology, Journal of Family Communication, and Social Work in Health Care.