When the COVID-19 pandemic first began making headlines last spring, the McGill Dementia Education Program (DEP) quickly recognized the urgent need for reliable online educational materials to support people living with dementia and their care partners.

In response, Claire Webster, former caregiver and founder of the DEP, worked with the Communications team at McGill’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning to develop McGill Cares, a weekly webcast series that addresses issues related to caregiving.
Since first launching the McGill Cares webcast series in May 2020, the team has produced over 40 webcasts and reached over 15,000 people around the world. During these short podcasts (now bi-weekly), Claire Webster interviews leading experts on a variety of topics related to caring for a loved one with dementia, along with adjacent health concerns such as cancer, autism and cardiovascular health.

To recognize the one-year anniversary of the McGill Cares webcasts, Claire Webster and Dr. José Morais discussed “A Prescription of Care following a Diagnosis of Dementia” during a special, 60-minute episode on May 12, available in both English and French.

And there’s even more exciting news… the entire series of McGill Cares podcasts are also being converted into audio podcasts. This convenient format will allow views to easily access and listen to the podcasts anywhere and anytime.  The webcasts are available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and PocketCasts, among others.

Of course, if you prefer to watch the video-recordings, all past McGill Cares webcasts can be found on our website, along with other valuable resources including our dementia activity booklet, recordings to public lectures, and an expansive list of helpful resources.