Do you want to write? Do you want to journal? Do you want to capture a story, either your own or someone else’s?
Join us on June 2nd to learn how you can begin the practice of writing and journaling! This online workshop is led by Kimberley 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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This Watch Party is brought to you by Caregivers Alberta, Kerby Centre, THIRD ACTion Film Festival, and Hospice Calgary.

Join us and your fellow caregivers for an evening of film and talk. It starts with a viewing of the short film “My Mom and the Girl” by Susie Singer Carter of Go Girl Media followed by an interactive talk on living with a person with dementia lead by Bryan Gilks. We are pleased to also have filmmaker, Susie Singer Carter joining us.

Susie Singer Clark is an American director and actress best known for her films “My Mom & the Girl” and “Soul Surfer”. “My Mom & the Girl” sees Susie in the roles of director, producer and actor and is based on a real life event that took place while caregiving for her Mom.

Bryan Gilks is a family caregiver and former Co-chair of the Calgary Westhills Dementia Friendly Communities Project. As Co-chair, he helped pilot the implementation of the Dementia Friendly strategy in Calgary before launching it throughout Alberta.

The film will be available to watch on Vimeo (link provided on the day of the event) starting at 6pm and runs approximately 30 minutes in length. After watching the film, take a moment to grab some goodies and get set up on Zoom for the interactive portion of the evening which starts at 7pm.

Links to the movie on Vimeo and the discussion on Zoom will be emailed on the day of the event.

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Join Jenni Hartt as she shares 8 EASY WAYS to get into a routine for quality sleep!

Do you struggle with quality sleep? I did for years and still do sometimes. Through help from my doctor, research and trial and error, I soon realized that giving myself an environment for quality sleep is one of the best gifts for my physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing!

Please feel free to bring your questions to this workshop, as I will be happy to answer them.

Caregivers Alberta hosts online workshops through the free platform Zoom. You will have the option to join us online or by phone.

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The views, information, or opinions expressed during our online workshops are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Caregivers Alberta and its employees.

Join us for an online drawing class on April 14th with artist Ted!

Always been interested in drawing but weren’t sure where to start? Join us as we explore mindfulness through art and release stress or challenging emotions you may be experiencing. We’ll take pencils to paper and practice self-care through the guided instruction of professional art therapists.

The Benefits of Art Therapy:

  • Self-care is important. You can’t care for others if you aren’t caring for yourself first.
  • Setting aside time to explore what’s going on in your mind and releasing it into another form can help decrease anxiety.
  • A significant aspect of art therapy is to have your mind occupied on creating, rather than being bogged down by life’s difficulties.

What you Need:

  • A blank white piece of paper or an art journal and some supplies: a variety of pencils, pens, crayons, or markers in various colors. Whatever you have on hand!

More Details:

We have allotted 3 hours for this drawing session. But if you finish early, or want to sign off at any time, you are welcome to do so. It helps to have a scene in mind… but our facilitators can help you to develop a scene. Below are some ideas that might prompt a scene that is meaningful to you.

  • A very dark sky, maybe with a single ray of sunshine
  • An animal or bird can represent a person
  • It can be very abstract, using colours and shapes to represent feelings or situations: swirls? waves? angry brush strokes?
  • A pretty or calm scene might be your preference
  • A flower trying to grow in a very difficult situation

Or something that is entirely your own idea; we will help you as needed to create it!

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The views, information, or opinions expressed during our online workshops are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of Caregivers Alberta and its employees.

We’re thrilled to welcome the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association for an informative talk on hearing loss!

Presented by Cindy Gordon, this presentation takes participants on a path of understanding hearing loss, recognizing unrealistic expectations people have of hearing aids, develop an understanding of what they need to do to reconnect with loved ones, develop more knowledge of what is available to those with hearing loss, and learn to laugh at the foibles of hearing loss.

Meet Cindy!

Cindy Gordon Has been a Rehabilitation Practitioner for 30+ years working with a multitude of disabilities. The past twenty-five years have focused on hearing loss and seminars. She is presently the Executive Director for The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Edmonton Branch. Cindy has been profoundly hard of hearing since youth. She has won several City, Provincial and National awards for her involvement in this field. Married with 4 children, 3 daughters in laws, 2 granddaughters and a dog, her life is full of beautiful sounds!!

No one expects to have a disability so when it happens it comes with a steep learning curve. Bean will explain how her life was impacted by a spinal cord injury and how inaccessible the world really is. Between physical barriers and attitudinal ones, it’s no surprise why so many people live in isolation…let’s put an end to that and truly live in an inclusive world.

About Bean

Bean Gill was born in Edmonton to an East Indian family and has 3 crazy siblings. She grew up to become an x-ray technologist whose career was cut short by an unforeseen event that left her paralyzed from the waist down in 2012. Now happily divorced and running a growing non profit organization called ReYu Paralysis Recovery Centre she is changing the way the public sees people with disabilities. She advocates for equality in ALL aspects and uses her loud voice to raise awareness and create change in the world around her. She is the reigning Miss Wheelchair Canada, won Global’s Woman of Vision award, was recognized by Mattel as one of Canada’s top 60 inspiring women as part of Barbie’s 60th Anniversary. She also won Top 40 Under 40 in 2019 and RBC’s Women of Influence Award in the Ones to Watch category.

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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.