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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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.

The award-winning COMPASS for the Caregiver program helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving. This course is facilitated by someone who understands those challenges and is a licensed COMPASS Facilitator with the Town of Edson FCSS.

This COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop is a multi-session, consecutive course being held online. Before registering please ensure that you can virtually attend all 5 weekly sessions listed below.

Monday, November 2nd (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)

  • Being a Caregiver – Caregiving can be stressful, isolating, and have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Understand your role as a caregiver and assess your strengths, challenges and overall sense of self.

Monday, November 9th (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)

  • Building Awareness – Recognizing others’ needs is sometimes easier than seeing our own. Gain awareness of your needs, explore your emotions and feelings and help put challenging thoughts into perspective.

Monday, November 16th (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)

  • Managing Your Stress – Learn how stress can lead to burnout and what you can do to prevent or recover from burnout. We’ll explore how to shift our mindset and seek balance in caregiving.

Monday, November 23rd (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)

  • 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.

Monday, November 30th (6:30 PM to 9:00 PM)

  • 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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The COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop has a $300 value. Thanks to sponsorship from Caregivers Alberta and Edson FCSS this course is being offered for $20 to residents of Edson and for $45 to participants outside of Edson.

If you are a resident of Edson please call 780-723-8676 to receive a promo code to redeem your subsidized registration.

We understand many caregivers live on limited incomes. Upon individual request to Caregivers Alberta, participants can apply to our Compass Scholarship Fund and receive assistance with registration fees if needed. Please contact our office with questions.

Join us for A Time for Caregivers.

A time to pause, breathe deep and be refreshed. A time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. A time to celebrate our successes, relationships and boundless opportunities!

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Please note that this event is taking place online through Zoom. You will receive a link to the event and the 2019/2020 Community Report, Financial Statements, Board Bio’s, and the Special Resolution after you register.

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.

REGISTER

Caregivers Alberta believes that caregivers need care too.

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 a multi-sessionconsecutive course being held online. Before registering please ensure that you can virtually attend all 4 weekly sessions listed below.

Tuesday, September 15th (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

  • Module 1: Being a Caregiver – Caregiving can be stressful, isolating, and have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Understand your role as a caregiver and assess your strengths, challenges and overall sense of self.

Tuesday, September 22nd (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

  • Module 2: Managing Your Stress – Learn how stress can lead to burnout and what you can do to prevent or recover from burnout. We’ll explore how to shift our mindset and seek balance in caregiving.

Tuesday, September 29th (5:00 PM to 7:00 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.

Tuesday, October 6th (5:00 PM to 7:00 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.

REGISTER

The COMPASS for the Caregiver workshop has a $300 value. Thanks to sponsorship from Caregivers Alberta this course is being offered for a $45.00 manual and registration fee. We understand many caregivers live on limited incomes. Upon individual request to Caregivers Alberta, participants can apply to our Compass Scholarship Fund and receive assistance with registration fees if needed. Please contact Johnna Lowther for more information: jlowther@caregiversalberta.ca 

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.

REGISTER

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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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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Join us on June 9th to learn how you can begin the practice of writing and journaling! This session will focus on how to capture the life stories of those living with dementia. This online workshop is led by Kimberly Fraser, author of the upcoming book, The Accidental Caregiver.

All are welcome to participate- no writing experience needed!

During the workshop you will:

  • Learn where to look for a story
  • Learn how to get started
  • Think about artifacts that you can use as prompts
  • Write short segments based on writing and journaling prompts
  • Take away tools that will help you capture and document personal stories

What to Expect:

The first 45 mins will be focused on learning and practicing writing by using prompts. While the final 15 min will be left for Q&A.

What to Bring:

  • A pen and notebook or use your computer for writing
  • A photograph or picture from a magazine that has meaning for you

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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.

REGISTER