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July 2018 eNews


In this issue:

  • Caregivers Alberta Update
  • Have your say.....
  • Caregiver Programs
  • and much more... please read on!

Caregiver Alberta Updates....

Supporting Caregivers in the Edmonton Area Newcomer Communities
Through funding provided by an Edmonton Community Foundation grant, we planned to reach out to newcomer groups and introduce our COMPASS program to caregivers in their communities. Focus groups were held to help identify barriers and possible modifications to the COMPASS program.  Lunch and learns were done with partner agencies (Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) and Multicultural Health Brokers) to increase their awareness of caregiver needs and to gather information about tailoring information for their communities.  Some of our successes were:
  • Increased number of newcomers accessing caregiver resources
  • Relationships and collaborations built within agencies serving newcomers
  • Identification of modifications needed to make existing programs meet the needs of newcomer caregivers
  • COMPASS program held at EMCN and requested to continue.
When the final report on this project is completed, it will be on our website.
Order of the Eastern Star
Sandy Sereda attended the Gala in Calgary on June 1st. which gave her a chance to meet our long term and very valued funders.  We are extremely thankful for their on-going support.
Inter-Provincial Collaborations
Caregivers Alberta has been working closely with caregiver organizations in Nova Scotia and BC and the currently developing one in Ontario. Through shared knowledge and practice, these relationships help to develop programs, identify issues and provide a nationwide voice for caregivers.
Phone Support Project
In collaboration with the Edmonton PEGASIS project and the Southside PCN Senior Centre Without Walls, we will be piloting a Information and Support Phone Chat on the second Tuesday of July and August from 7-8pm.
July - "What you should know about sleep"
August - "Good Grief."
Please check our website for more information or give us a call.
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Sun Saavy
Safe sun exposure is important to ensure optimal health.  Here are a few strategies to keep you sun saavy....
Limit time in the sun - The UV Index can be 3 or higher from 11am-3pm. The sun is strongest when your shadow is shorter than you are tall.
Use sun safety even on cloudy days, and remember that UV rays can be reflected off water, sand, snow and concrete.
Cover up to protect skin - long sleeves, pants, wide brimmed hat
Sunscreen - use a broad spectrum, water resistant, at least an SPF 30.
Sunglasses - make sure they provide protection for UVA and UVB.
Remember to protect children and pets.
Here is a website for more information about sun safety

Caregiver Programs

COMPASS -   New COMPASS starts July 13th and runs Friday afternoons 1-3pm   Open for registration. 
COMPASS Facilitator Training - Planning a training session in the Fall. Please watch our website or call for if you might be interested.
Information Sessions - we are currently developing the schedule for Fall 2018 sessions.  Please watch our website for the Fall Schedule.
Navigator workshop - there are plans to schedule a workshop for health professionals in Fall 2018.  Date will be posted on our website soon.
To register, or for more information about any of our programs please call or e-mail:

The Caregiver Advisor is available for one-on-one support. Call or email us today.
Looking for groups near you? Use our support finder to view programs and supports in your area.

PLEASE NOTE - the Office will be closed for Canada Day Holiday
Friday, June 29 and re-open Tuesday, July 3.
Summer Office Hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm.

Have your say.....

By participating in research, you have the opportunity to influence the supports that are developed for caregivers.

Calgary School of Public Policy - Are you a caregiver of a senior citizen and below the age of 65 and living in the Calgary area?  Earn $25/session to tell them about your care-giving experience in an important new study.  For more information contact:

SPOR - Strategies for Patient Oriented Research
SPOR's defintion of "patient" includes caregivers, family and friends and encourages their involvement in the research process and the integration of research into care.
Check their website for opportunities to take part in research, training or education - much of which is online.

University of Alberta - Enhancing Caregiver Well-Bring
Being a caregiver can impact your health, employment and financial well-being. This survey explores the goals caregivers have and the role technology may have in achieving their goals.  For an opportunity to complete the survey:
Click here

City of Edmonton -
The City of Edmonton does many surveys each year, online, telephone and in-person.  Please check the link provided below, for surveys that may interest you.
Citizen Services Performance Customer Surveys 
The city has a diverse collection of facilities, programs and services and this survey is an on-going performance measurement and reporting system.
Click here

Happy Canada Day!!

Donations to help support Caregivers Alberta can be made online, please check out the details on our website.
Founded in 2001 as a non profit charity, Caregivers Alberta has helped tens of thousands of families across Alberta care for their loved ones while ensuring they care for themselves, too. To ensure we provide accessible services to all caregivers in Alberta, we rely on the generous support of our donors - please consider making a gift to help others in their caregiving journey. Donate today!
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