Caregivers Alberta believes that caregivers need care too.

The Caregiver Support Community is a virtual program that aims to empower caregivers well-being by providing a supportive group where you can connect with other caregivers, have open conversations about the ups and downs of caregiving, and learn about topics relevant to caregivers.

This group is lead by a trained facilitator who is there to help guide your caregiving journey by way of education and support.

This group is virtual, please note that you will receive an online Zoom link to the group the day before the event. You will also receive a phone number if you prefer to connect by phone.

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Caregivers Alberta believes that caregivers need care too.

The Caregiver Support Community is a virtual program that aims to empower caregivers well-being by providing a supportive group where you can connect with other caregivers, have open conversations about the ups and downs of caregiving, and learn about topics relevant to caregivers.

This group is lead by a trained facilitator who is there to help guide your caregiving journey by way of education and support.

This group is virtual, please note that you will receive an online Zoom link to the group the day before the event. You will also receive a phone number if you prefer to connect by phone.

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This event is hosted by March of Dimes Canada.

Join Rick Lauber author of Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians as he explores managing Caregiving and COVID-19.

Rick will share his personal caregiving story and highlight some of the challenges that COVID-19 presents to caregivers. Rick will also talk about managing multiple responsibilities, handling different visiting rules for seniors in long-term care during the pandemic and keeping active and participating throughout “self-isolation.”

All registered participants will receive a discount of almost 50% to be applied to purchase of Rick’s book, Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians.

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We’re excited to welcome Cerebral Palsy Alberta for an education session on July 14th!

In this session join Cerebral Palsy Alberta and learn what Cerebral Palsy is and what it is like to live with a disability like Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

The presentation will also bring a unique and motivational aspect of someone who lives with Cerebral Palsy (CP). During the time of the presentation, Cerebral Palsy Alberta will provide you with information on how to help enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities and gain a better understanding of how to create a truly equitable and inclusive community.

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Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. And due to the COVID-19 pandemic many caregivers are experiencing added levels of stress and anxiety.

Our award-winning COMPASS for the Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving and is facilitated by someone who understands those challenges.

This COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop is being held online over the span of 4 consecutive weeks. Before registering please ensure that you can virtually attend all 4 sessions listed below.

Wednesday, July 8th (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

  • Module 1: Caregiver Characteristics – Recognize your strengths, needs, and challenges as a caregiver and take pride in your role. You’ll examine emotions and feelings in this module and help put challenging thoughts into perspective.

Wednesday, July 15th (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

  • Module 2: Managing Stress – Learn how stress can lead to burnout and what you can do to prevent or recover from burnout. We’ll explore grief and loss and how to foster hope and seek balance in caregiving.

Wednesday, July 22nd (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

  • Module 3: Balancing Relationships – Improve your communication skills to identify what you need, ask for help, and share the care. The hardest lesson as a caregiver is to regain your identity as a whole person by taking care of yourself first.

Wednesday, July 29 (1:00 PM to 3:30 PM)

  • Module 4: Navigating the System – Increase your confidence in accessing services, reflect on your caregiving journey, and plan for the future to avoid the stress associated with uncertainty.

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Join our interactive virtual painting workshop!

We’ll take brushes to canvas and practice self-care through art! Artist Ted Widen will be facilitating this workshop and will guide you through creating your own masterpiece step-by-step. All are welcome to participate- no experience needed!

What You’ll Need:

  • Canvas or Board: The easiest and cheapest is a canvas “board.” The next best is a “wrapped” canvas. Recommended size: 12×16″ or 16×20″ (Smaller canvas’ make the details very difficult to paint).
  • Brushes: The 3 sizes you need are “pointy,” “medium,” and “a bigger one.” The pointy one will be used for fine details. The medium one should be approximately 1cm, or the size of your pinky fingernail. The bigger one will be used for the background where we will use broad strokes. Approximately 2cm wide, or the width of your thumb knuckle.
  • Acrylic paints: We all need to use acrylic paints because they have the advantage of drying very quickly. In order for us all to proceed at the same pace, we need the same kind of paint. You do not need the exact colours that are shown.

The chosen scene requires 5 colours:

  • White
  • Yellow- A dull yellow is more realistic for the moon’s glow, but a bright yellow is more dramatic.
  • Green- This is optional because you will be able to create a green by mixing your yellow and blue.
  • Blue- Any dark blue will work fine.
  • Black
  • Old cloth, rag, or paper towel: You will get this wet and use it to clean your brushes (or a “happy little accident” blob of paint somewhere). It can be washed and reused, but it’s more likely destined for the trash.
  • Plate: You can likely safely use your dinner plates because acrylic paints soak off completely. Avoid paper plates or wood surfaces because the paints will soak in and be permanent. Disposable foam plates work well. You might want two of these because you might cover all of the first one when mixing paints.
  • Hair Dryer: You will use the hair dryer occasionally when we want to ensure that a layer of paint is dry before painting something new on top (such as the stars and cattails).
  • Jar, glass or cup: You will need something to hold water so you can clean your brushes. It WILL get paint on it, but it will likely be easy to clean if you use glass, china, plastic, etc.

Questions? If you need clarification about any of the supplies, please contact Ted Widen.

  • Email: twiden@gmail.com
  • Phone: 587-497-2262

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Caregivers Alberta believes that caregivers need care too.

The Caregiver Support Community is a virtual program that aims to empower caregivers well-being by providing a supportive group where you can connect with other caregivers, have open conversations about the ups and downs of caregiving, and learn about topics relevant to caregivers.

This group is lead by a trained facilitator who is there to help guide your caregiving journey by way of education and support.

This group is virtual, please note that you will receive an online Zoom link to the group the day before the event. You will also receive a phone number if you prefer to connect by phone.

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Join Johnna Lowther to learn about Tusk, a care navigation tool that can help support caregivers who are caring for loved one with dementia.

1 in 4 Albertans are caregivers. For each person diagnosed with dementia, there are 10-12 additional people directly impacted by the diagnosis- providing assistance and/or managing care.

How do we help caregivers more effectively and efficiently find resources needed to assist them? Learn about a technology tool that helps caregivers navigate the system, access resources, and focus on their own health and wellness in the process.

Tusk, The Care Navigation Tool, provides support to caregivers who are on a journey they didn’t sign up for and are coping and managing as best they can. It acts as a central hub of information to guide caregivers through searchable service provider categories and educational resources. It also helps track the health and wellness of caregivers and care recipients to promote informed decision making.

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The Caregiver Support Community is a virtual program that aims to empower caregivers well-being by providing a supportive group where you can connect with other caregivers, have open conversations about the ups and downs of caregiving, and learn about topics relevant to caregivers.

This peer support group is lead by a trained facilitator who is there to help guide your caregiving journey by way of education and support.

This group is virtual, please note that you will receive an online Zoom link to the group the day before the event. You will also receive a phone number if you prefer to connect by phone.

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We’re excited to welcome Trent Hamas from ATB Financial for an online workshop on budgeting and money management during times of crisis!

Join us on June 23rd from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM to learn more about the financial programs that exist today at the local, provincial and federal level. You’ll also learn about some COVID-19 specific programs such as:

  • CERB
  • Temporary wage top-up for low income essential workers
  • Extended tax-filing deadline
  • Increased Canada Child Benefit
  • Increased OAS and GIS
  • Special GST credit payment
  • Benefits for those who qualify for EI, and those who do not
  • Mortgage payment deferral
  • Programs for Indigenous people

*Not all programs are available to everyone. Some require qualification, some are mutually exclusive.

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