23-Apr-2021 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Online

Cognitive impairment and physical activity

Online Workshop

Friday, April 23, 2021 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

This one-day online workshop will provide a rationale for creating evidence-based intervention plans that incorporate physical activity for older adults with cognitive impairment and will outline the role of occupational therapy. The presenter will discuss the biological mechanisms underlying the relationship between brain health and physical activity, followed by a literature review to demonstrate the research evidence further supporting this relationship with older adults with cognitive impairment. Safe activity levels and specific activity types for older adults with cognitive impairments will be presented using examples. Common barriers to physical activity and concrete suggestions to support adherence will also be presented.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda:

9:00-9:35 a.m.

Presenter introduction

Icebreaker activity

Group discussion and introductions

9:35-10:00 a.m.

Background rationale: Canadian demographics and disease self-management strategies

10:00-10:45 a.m.

Role of occupational therapy

Biological mechanisms

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Morning break

11:00-11:30 a.m.

Literature review

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Safe activity levels

Case scenarios in small groups

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.


1:15-1:45 p.m.

Safe activity types

1:45-2:00 p.m.

Case scenario in small groups  

2:15-2:30 p.m.

Case discussion and presentation

2:30-2:45 p.m.

Afternoon break

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Common barriers to adherence

Overcoming barriers

3:15-4:00 p.m.

Group discussion

Conclusions and additional resources 

Questions and answers

Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will:

  1. Recognize the importance of physical activity in older adulthood as it relates to brain health.

  2. Understand the underlying biological mechanisms that support the relationship between cognition and physical activity.

  3. Understand the research evidence to support the relationship between cognition and physical activity for older adults living with dementia.

  4. Define activity types and activity levels that are safe for older adults with cognitive impairment.

  5. Identify safe physical activities for older adults with mild to moderate cognitive impairment.

  6. Recognize common barriers to treatment adherence and create strategies to overcome them.

  7. Apply the research evidence and physical activity recommendations to case scenarios.

Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians, occupational therapist educators, occupational therapist researchers, students in occupational therapy programs, physiotherapists, family members/caregivers, and other health professionals who wish to learn more about how to maximize brain health through physical activity. Although this workshop will meet the needs of beginner-level attendees, the information presented is appropriate for all clinicians who wish to support adults and older adults with cognitive impairment living in the community using evidence-based and client-centred approaches to care.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of experience in this specific practice area)


Brydne Edwards, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Brydne Edwards is an occupational therapist and educator at VHA (Visiting Homemakers Association) Home Healthcare. Brydne has worked in the community for six years and currently provides evidence-based education for front-line healthcare workers, including personal support workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Brydne completed her PhD from the University of Toronto's Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and has participated as a teaching assistant, guest lecturer, and lab facilitator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Brydne currently delivers education and training on how to manage responsive behaviours in the community and is a co-investigator on a research project that explored the effectiveness of a rapid response strategy to safely manage responsive behaviours in the community.

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by February 3, 2021

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular registration rates: Registration and payment completed between February 4, 2021 and April 14, 2021

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Registration deadline: April 14, 2020

*When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Included in your registration fee:

One-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

Save the date:
Q&A Webinar

Maximum number of registrants:  

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. All cancellation requests received prior to April 14, 2020 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after April 14, 2020 will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before March 12, 2021 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until March 26, 2021. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
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