Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Sherry L. Dupuis, Ph.D.

Sherry L. Dupuis, Ph.D. Sherry Dupuis is the former Director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), and a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Guided by an authentic partnership approach and a number of years experience working in long-term care, Sherry’s research program has focused primarily on identifying ways to improve the quality of the lives of persons living with dementia and their families and to ensuring that the voices of persons with dementia and their informal and formal partners in care are actively included in research, education, and practice.

Sherry is also committed to research as a means of triggering personal transformation and social change. Thus, she is interested in exploring arts-based approaches to research and alternative representations of research results that make research findings more accessible and more effective in shifting images and understandings of dementia and actions in dementia care. Her most recent examples include “Re-imagining Dementia Through the Arts”, a community arts-based project that resulted in eight visual and poetic expressions of dementia from the perspectives of persons living with it and their family members, and “Cracked: New Light on Dementia”, an innovative research-based theatre production that [...] continue the story