August 2015 eNews 


Grants Available for Communities to Support Caregivers

As part of the "Caregiver Support Project", the ACGA allocates funds to help communities across Alberta to provide tools and supports for caregivers in their area.  The grant money is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Learn & Share Caregiver Books and Other Resources

Wednesday, August 19; 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Resources may include books, movies, videos, websites, community organizations, programs, or anything else you'd like to share and discuss. Please RSVP by Tuesday August 18 at 780-453-5088; 1-877-453-5088.  There is no cost to attend or participate. 

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Upcoming Caregiver Information Sessions

The Caregiver Information Sessions feature a variety of relevant topics of interest for caregivers.  There is no charge, but please register at least one day prior to the session.  All presentations are at the ACGA Office at Fulton Place School (10310 - 56 St).

  • Mobilizing your support network - Wed. Sept 23:  Consider methods to implement in order to share the care workload.  Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
  • Stress management - Wed. Oct 7:  Find where your stress is coming from and learn how to change your response.  Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
  • Mediation and Restoration- Wed. Oct 21:  Join a guest speaker from the Meditation and Restorative Justice Centre and learn conflict strategies, as well as services and supports that can help families (i.e.. sharing circles, conflict hotline, facilitative dialogue). Afternoon 1:30 pm.  No evening session.
  • The Paper Dragon - Wed. Nov 4:  Learn more about what documentation caregivers should consider for future, emergencies, and caregiver protection.  Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
  • Guilt, Shame and Regret - Wed. Nov 17:  Learn more about how to understand and manage some of the negative thoughts that may come with caregiving.  Afternoon 1:30 pm.  Evening 6:00 pm
  • To Be Announced - Wed. Dec. 2:  Information on subject, details and times will be announced in the future.
  • In addition to these Information Sessions, check out these other sessions offered by Community Groups.
Please register at least one day prior to the Information Session.  Refreshments are provided.  Contact Cassy at 780-453-5088;  If you are interested in another topic, let us know.

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COMPASS for Caregivers Coming This Fall 

COMPASS is a 9-module weekly facilitated program which encourages caregivers to learn to balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving.   Details for the upcoming sessions and locations will be announced in the near future.

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Research Field Study for Family Members of Individuals with Dementia 

Caring for a Family Member with Dementia at Home?  What's Working?  What's Not?

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing is conducting a field study and is looking for participants.  More information can be found here.   (back to Table of Contents)

Nominate a Caregiver for $10,000 Prize

Canada Cares is a campaign to recognize caregivers across the country and people are being asked to send in their nominees.  Until Sept. 18, nominations of family/friends  caregivers are being accepted to win a $10,000 prize.  Winners will be flown to Ottawa to accept their prizes. 

The organization is also looking for public nominations for communities and employers that go above and beyond to help caregivers for their Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Award. For more information, click here.   (back to Table of Contents)

Spoons Card Tournament Coming This Fall 

The ACGA's popular "Spoons Tournament" is coming back by popular demand.  This easy, exciting and fun game brings laughs to the table among caregivers and their guests.  Watch for details in the near future. (back to Table of Contents)

Caregiver Stress Class Offered at Metro Continuing Education

The ACGA is presenting a class on "Caregiver Stress" at the Edmonton Public Schools' Continuing Metro Education.  The 2-hour program helps you learn how to identify your individual stressors, develop strategies for your situation and find resources for support throughout your caregiving journey.

  • Thursday, Oct 15; 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Harry Ainley School; 4350 - 111 Street; Edmonton
  • Contact 780-428-1111 for registration

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For those in the Health, Community, and Social service fields...

If you encounter caregivers in your line of work - this workshop is for you!

Navigator is a one-day workshop focused on increasing your understanding of the caregiver experience/issues and providing information about resources to help support caregivers.
  • One-day workshops offered twice a month September through December.
  • 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • $90 includes manual & lunch.  Subsidized by Age Friendly Edmonton.
  • ACGA Office; Fulton Place School; 10310 - 56 Street; Edmonton
  • Contact Debra Paches at 780-453-5088;

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One Last Thought ...

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day:  Alice Morse Earle, author and historian.   (back to Table of Contents)
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