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 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.

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This event is being hosted by Hospice Calgary.

Heather Lucier is an advocate for caregivers. She is a a COMPASS facilitator and a family caregiver herself. During this online session, Heather will share with you her experiences and strategies for facing difficult life transitions and developing resiliency.

This session will be run via Zoom and a link and password will be sent to you via email from Eventbrite closer to the event date. If you run into any login issues please email sherry.hiebert-keck@hospicecalgary.ca

For current information on all of our education opportunities or to access additional digital resources, visit our website at Hospice Calgary.

Hospice Calgary is a not-for-profit organization. Donations in support of this program help us build capacity in our communities, and can be made on-site or online at donate here.

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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 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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The Caregiver Support Community is a monthly online 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 online, please note that you will receive a link to the group the day before the event.

REGISTER

Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. 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.

COMPASS for the Caregiver is a 4-week course, before registering please ensure that you can attend all 4 sessions listed below:

Tuesday, March 10th (6:30pm-8:30pm)
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.

Tuesday, March 17th (6:30pm-8:30pm)
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.

Tuesday, March 24th (6:30pm-8:30pm)
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, March 31st (6:30pm-8:30pm)
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.

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. Please note this is a 4-week commitment.

Many patients are frustrated by restrictions on their medical appointments – they might be too short, or sometimes doctors use the “1 issue per visit” rule. That frustration is understandable, because these practices often waste patients’ time with multiple trips to the doctor, and can lead to drawn out and fragmented care. If your goal is more timely and effective care, join Kirstin Veugelers, Personal Patient Navigator from Navigate Your Health, to learn some strategies and tools, and how working with an advocate can help you to work better with your doctor, in spite of resource shortages.

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A portion of the proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Caregivers Alberta.