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November 2015 eNews 

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In this issue:
Holiday Open House - Dec 9
- New Federal Government addresses better caregiver support
- The Paper Dragon - Information Session - Nov 4
- Guilt, Shame & Regret - Information Session - Nov 17
- How Pets Support Wellness - Information Session - Dec 2
- One Last Thought:  Remembrance Day

Join Us for Festive Cheer - Wed. Dec. 9

In celebration of all you do, you are cordially invited to join us for our annual Alberta Caregivers Association “Holiday Open House”

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Afternoon: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
or Evening: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

ACGA Office
10310 – 56 Street (Fulton Place School)
Edmonton

Join us for friendly conversations & festive cheer with other caregivers, as well as members of the ACGA Board and Staff. Decorate our holiday tree and enjoy light refreshments. Guests are welcome.

Please RSVP to Michele at 780-453-5088 or mrowan@albertacaregivers.org.

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New Federal Government addresses better compassionate support for caregivers

During the Federal Election Campaign, the Liberal Party addressed the issue of providing more accessible and flexible Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefit.

The new proposed Compassionate Care Benefit includes:
  • Less rigid requirements.  Currently, the benefit is only accessible to caregivers who are supporting a dying family member. Under the new plan, the benefit will be accessible for caregivers who are supporting any seriously ill family member.  No death diagnosis will be required.
  • More flexibility.  Under the new plan, the six-month benefit can be claimed in blocks of time over a year-long period.   Family members can also share the six month period.
Currently the EI Compassionate Care Benefit is covered for a six-week period.  The previous Federal Government had stated that the plan will be extended to a six-month period.  The new Federal Government is expected to follow through with the extension to the six-month period.

For more information on the new proposed plan, click here (back to Table of Contents)

The Paper Dragon - Wed. Nov. 4

Often caregivers feel overwhelmed with all of the challenging paperwork or "a paper dragon".   There's personal directives, enduring power of attorney, medical profiles, personal profiles, estate planning and so much more.

However, with proper planning and a little knowledge, you'll feel more empowered to battle that "paper dragon".

"The Paper Dragon" Information Session
Wednesday, November 4; Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
Please register 780-453-5088.

To find out more, read it here. (back to Table of Contents)

Guilt, Shame, & Regret - Wed. Nov. 17

Our "inner voices" sometimes hold incredible power over us. 

We'll learn to recognize, manage and handle guilt, shame and regret.  Begin to focus your thoughts on positive aspects and learn to assure that your well-being is taken care of.

"Guilt, Shame and Regret" Information Session
Wednesday, November 17; Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
Please register 780-453-5088.

To find out more, read it here. (back to Table of Contents)

How Pets Support Wellness - Wed. Dec 2

Research has shown that pets, of all kinds, benefit their human friend’s wellness in many ways; they reduce isolation, lessen stress and buffer difficult situations.

Join professional counsellor Ana Meger and her "special guest" to discuss how pets can support caregivers.

"How Pets Support Caregiver Wellness" Information Session
Wednesday, December 2; Afternoon 1:30 pm.  (no evening session)
Please register 780-453-5088

To find out more, read it here. (back to Table of Contents)

One Last Thought ...

Thank you to those who serve and have served our country .... and thank you to those who provide or provided care for these men and women.   

To commemorate Remembrance Day, the ACGA office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11.
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