About Us

The DICE team is a collaboration of researchers, exercise providers, health care providers, dementia service providers, and people with lived experience regarding dementia (people living with dementia and family care partners).

We use a participatory approach in this project. This means that all members of the DICE Team are equal partners. We include the diverse perspectives of all DICE Team members in all decision-making, especially the perspectives of our team members living with dementia.

DICE Team Members

Principal Investigator

Laura Middleton

Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo;
Scientist,
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Email
519-888-4567 ext. 33045

Research Coordinator

Kayla Regan

Exercise Physiologist/Research Coordinator
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo

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Melissa Koch

Research Assistant
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo

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Salima Somani

Research Manager
University of Northern British Columbia

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UNBC Site Leads

Shannon Freeman

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

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Chelsea Pelletier

Assistant Professor
School of Health Sciences
University of Northern British Columbia

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Dalhousie Site Lead

Melissa Andrew

Geriatrician & Associate Professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine
Department of Medicine
Dalhousie University

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Students

Lauren Bechard

PhD Candidate
Aging, Health and Well-Being
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo

Saara Mohamed

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo


Aderonke Agboji

PhD Student
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

Alanna Koopmans

Undergraduate Research Assistant
School of Nursing
University of Northern British Columbia

Rebekah Norman

Masters Student
Department of Recreation and Leisure
University of Waterloo

Partners

Carole Johannesson

Person Living with Dementia

Bill Heibein

Person Living with Dementia Member
Advisory Committee, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Brian Johannesson

Husband of a Person Living with Dementia

Crystal Hughes

Director, Wellness
YMCA of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo

Sydney Jarvis

Community Programs Coordinator
Alzheimer Society Waterloo-Wellington

Shriya Maharaj

Certified Exercise Physiologist
Propel Physiotherapy

Jenn McDonald

Manager, Exercise & Falls Prevention
Community Support Connections

Bethany Pearce

Supervisor, Older Adults Services
City of Kitchener

Cindy Rossignoli

Gentle Exercise Facilitator
Community Support Connections

Felicia White

Program and Service Lead, Workplace and Helpline
The Ontario Caregiver Organization

Srija Biswas

Programs Manager, Provincial Programs and Partnership at Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Co-Investigators


Arlene Astell

Scientist
KITE/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
University Health Network

Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy & Occupational Sciences and Department of Psychiatry
University of Toronto


Sherry Dupuis

Professor
Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies
University of Waterloo

Co-Director
Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance

Lora Giangregorio

Professor
Department of Kinesiology
University of Waterloo;

Chair in Mobility and Aging
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

Manuel Montero-Odasso

Geriatrician & Professor
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Western University

Jacqui Pettersen

Neurologist & Associate Professor,
Northern Medical Program
Department of Medicine
University of Northern British Columbia

Kenneth Rockwood

Geriatrician & Professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine,
Department of Medicine
Dalhousie University

DICE Advisors

Waterloo Region Dementia Advisory Group

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

Jessica Power Cyr – Wellness and Lifestyle Director at the Glencoe Club

DICE Partners & Funding

Partners

The Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) project is a collaboration of 22 people and 10 partner organizations.

Funding

The DICE project is supported by funds from the Alzheimer Society Research Program, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research [PEH – 157075], the Jobson Family Foundation, the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging, and the University of Waterloo. In-kind support is provided by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo, the City of Kitchener, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo-Wellington, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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