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February 2015 eNews
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Join Us for Launch of New "Caregiver Connection Centre" Friday, March 6

Celebrate with us as the ACGA introduces a wonderful new resource for ALL caregivers.  The "Caregiver Connection Centre" is a special place for caregivers to sit back, relax, enjoy coffee or tea, peruse a large selection of special caregiver books and resources, and connect with other caregivers.

Launch Event Information
12:00 - 1:00:  Join us for lunch and the official launch of the "CCC"
1:00 - 2:00:  Authors Bobbi Junior ("The Reluctant Caregiver") & Rick Lauber ("The Canadian Guide to Caregiving") will present readings from their books.
5:00 - 7:00:  Caregivers and their guests are welcome to explore the new "Caregiver Connection Centre"; enjoy refreshments & activities; browse through the great selection of caregiver books; and connect with ACGA staff, volunteers and other caregivers.  Located at Fulton Place School in Edmonton, 10310 - 56 St.

Please RSVP to Cassy:  780-453-5088; cassy@AlbertaCaregivers.org
The Caregiver Connection Centre was made possible through a grant from the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program.
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Caregiver Information Sessions

Guilt, Shame, & Regret - Wednesday Feb 25
Many caregivers experience difficult emotions, such as guilt, shame & regret.  Join us as we discover how we can manage some of the negative thoughts caregivers may have.

Date: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015
Afternoon: 1:30-3:00 pm
or Evening: 6:00-7:30 pm
Location:  Fulton Place School: 10310-56 St; Edmonton

Register:  Please RSVP by Tue.Feb 24 by calling 780-453-5088 or email cassy@albertacaregivers.org.

There are Caregiver Information Sessions every other Wednesday.
Upcoming topics include:
- "Understanding the Community Care Access Program" on March 11
- "Caregiving Grief" on March 25
- "Caregiver Self-Care" on April 8.
For more information on these and other free Caregiver Information Sessions, click here.
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When Work and Caregiving Collide

A recent report provides a toolbox of valuable information and resources for employers who have caregivers in their employ.  "When Work and Caregiving Collide - How Employers Can Support Their Employees Who Are Caregivers" is part of an initiative of Minister of State (Seniors), Alice Wong to help support working caregivers.

The report by the Federal Employer Panel for Caregivers is based on consultations with employers from across Canada, representing diverse industries and large, medium and small organizations.  For more information, including the report, click here..
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Family Caregiving Stress "Red-Flagged"

A report by the Mental Health Commission of Canada has "red-flagged" the seriousness of the high stress associated with family caregiving.  It was one of the highest priority concerns among 13 mental health indicators.  The report was designed to help health care professionals, planners and government workers make informed decisions.  Click here to read the report.

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Family Caregiver Tax Credit 

Tax time is coming!  Did you know that you may be eligible for the Government of Canada's Family Caregiver Tax Credit?  Check the link for more information.
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COMPASS for the Caregiver

The 9-module "COMPASS for the Caregiver" program encourages caregivers to balance their own well-being with challenges of caregiving.

"I feel so more capable of handling the unexpected."
"The course is the best thing that has happened to me in years"
"Being able to share with other caregivers was most meaningful"


Some of the upcoming COMPASS  Programs include:
- Coaldale - Starts Mondays, March 2
- Taber - Starts Tuesdays, March 3
- Warburg - Starts Wednesdays, March 4
- Canmore - Starts Wednesdays, March 4
- Edmonton CMHA - Starts Wednesdays, March 4
- Yellowhead County - Starts Wednesdays, May 6
- Other locations and dates to be announced
 
For more information on the "COMPASS for the Caregiver" program, click here.  Or contact Debbie at debbie@albertacaregivers.org; 780-453-5088; 1-877-453-5088.

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Become a COMPASS Facilitator and make a positive difference for caregivers in your community.   Enroll in the 3-day "COMPASS Facilitator Training Workshop".  Eligible individuals may apply for a bursary.  For more information, click here or contact Debbie at debbie@albertacaregivers.org; 780-453-5088; 1-877-453-5088.

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Caregiver Navigator

If you're working in the health field, community services, or with a social service agency, you'll be interested in the one-day Caregiver Navigator Professional Development program. 

The program is designed to help you acknowledge, understand and support caregivers.   You will gain valuable insights and knowledge about the importance of caregivers and their well-being. 

Choose from any of the dates: (Times 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
March: Tues Mar 4; Tues Mar 18
April:  Fri Apr 10; Fri Apr 24

Location: Fulton Place School; 10310 - 56 St; Edmonton

Cost $90, includes a printed manual & lunch.  Workshop is subsidized by Age Friendly Edmonton.


Click here for more information, or contact Debra Paches at dpaches@albertacaregivers.org.
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One last thought...

Letting go of guilt doesn't mean you're uncaring or unkind.  It just means that you're allowing some freedom.  Remember that your well-being is essential before you can take care of others. 
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