This event is hosted by the Alzheimer Society Calgary.

Caregiving can present challenges, especially during this time. Learn helpful strategies to help you take care of yourself while caring for your loved one.

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Well Connected offers recreation day programming in an online setting. No matter your age or where you are in the province, you can stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Groups are facilitated by ElderCare Edmonton therapeutic recreation specialists.

The Benefits

  • Enjoy therapeutic recreation in an at-home setting
  • Remain connected to community during a socially isolated climate
  • Engage the body, mind and spirit through a wide range of topics
  • Promote activity and support independent well being

How does it work?

Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a Zoom link to the program. You will be able to participate via phone, tablet, or computer. Groups last from 45 – 60 minutes and can incorporate up to 25 participants at a time. New to Zoom? Learn more here.

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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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Well Connected offers recreation day programming in an online setting. No matter your age or where you are in the province, you can stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Groups are facilitated by ElderCare Edmonton therapeutic recreation specialists.

The Benefits

  • Enjoy therapeutic recreation in an at-home setting
  • Remain connected to community during a socially isolated climate
  • Engage the body, mind and spirit through a wide range of topics
  • Promote activity and support independent well being

How does it work?

Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a Zoom link to the program. You will be able to participate via phone, tablet, or computer. Groups last from 45 – 60 minutes and can incorporate up to 25 participants at a time. New to Zoom? Learn more here.

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This event is hosted by Alzheimer Society Calgary.

This session focuses on the behaviour changes associated with dementia and explores the reasons behind these behaviour changes, common triggers and strategies to respond to them appropriately.

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Well Connected offers recreation day programming in an online setting. No matter your age or where you are in the province, you can stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Groups are facilitated by ElderCare Edmonton therapeutic recreation specialists.

The Benefits

  • Enjoy therapeutic recreation in an at-home setting
  • Remain connected to community during a socially isolated climate
  • Engage the body, mind and spirit through a wide range of topics
  • Promote activity and support independent well being

How does it work?

Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a Zoom link to the program. You will be able to participate via phone, tablet, or computer. Groups last from 45 – 60 minutes and can incorporate up to 25 participants at a time. New to Zoom? Learn more here.

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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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Well Connected offers recreation day programming in an online setting. No matter your age or where you are in the province, you can stay connected by participating in activities, education, and friendly conversation. Both caregivers and care recipients are welcome to participate! Groups are facilitated by ElderCare Edmonton therapeutic recreation specialists.

The Benefits

  • Enjoy therapeutic recreation in an at-home setting
  • Remain connected to community during a socially isolated climate
  • Engage the body, mind and spirit through a wide range of topics
  • Promote activity and support independent well being

How does it work?

Please register through Eventbrite in order to receive a Zoom link to the program. You will be able to participate via phone, tablet, or computer. Groups last from 45 – 60 minutes and can incorporate up to 25 participants at a time. New to Zoom? Learn more here.

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Join Ashley Mielke, Founder and Director of The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre for an engaging heart-to-heart conversation on what grief is, the losses associated to Dementia, the normal and natural reactions to loss, the myths and behaviours that keep us stuck, and the actionable steps you can take to heal and move forward.

One of the most painful losses that we can experience is the slipping away of a loved one to a disease like Dementia. Our grief compounds as the condition worsens and we are left holding onto who the person was before the onset of the disease. Every hope, dream, and expectation we carry in our heart’s for our relationship slowly slip away.

Many people experience a slow deterioration of their loved one’s health and others experience a more rapid decline. Every loss is unique, therefore every grieving person is unique. Regardless of your circumstances, your emotional responses are completely normal and natural.

Sadly, we haven’t been taught the information on how to navigate our grief in a healthy and meaningful way. Many of the intellectual messages we hear like “keep busy” and “be strong” are well-meaning, but they are not emotionally helpful and often further isolate us in our pain.

The wonderful news is, grief does not have to be a life sentence of suffering. There are actionable tools that can help us to move beyond the pain, isolation, and loneliness caused by loss, including Dementia.

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