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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

North Shore Caregiver Events

Men’s Drum Circle Inviting all men who provide emotional or practical support to a spouse, parent, relative or friend. Join facilitator Dean Rath to explore your story, discover rhythms together, find your sources of courage, and gain renewed perspective. Dean is a musician and former school teacher. He enjoys working with groups of men and encouraging them to find places of healing, awareness, and freedom in their lives.Tuesday November 6, 2012, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, John Braithwaite Community Centre, 145 West 1st Street, North Vancouver. Please pass along this information to any gentleman in your lives that are caregiving in some way! Finding Your Rhythm: an Exploration For Women Inviting all women who provide emotional or practical support to a spouse, parent or friend. Through singing, listening, drumming and dancing we will explore self- discovery, creative expression, and awareness of what makes you feel most alive. Facilitated by Brian Hoover and Shasta Martinuk. Brian is a lifelong musician and violinmaker with a gift for leading groups deeply into self-awareness and inner silence. Shasta practices sound healing and guides others to connect with the joy and power of rhythmic music. Tuesday November 20, 2012, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, West Vancouver Community Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, main floor Garden Room. Network Group on Wed. Nov 14th from 10.30 -12.30 am: Connecting with your life joys Everyone is welcome to join us for a wonderful guest speaker, Joyana Anderson. Joyana is passionate about encouraging people to discover what their personal sparks are: What makes you feel joyful? How can you pursue your goals and dreams? Please come for your first meeting, or re-connect after some time. Karyn Davies, RSW Coordinator, Caregiver Support Program Suite #201, 935 Marine Dr. North Vancouver, BC. V7P 1S3 Ph (604) 982-3320

Friday, October 5, 2012

Keep Well Society - New Board Member!

Welcome to our new Board Member Tracy Sacré is a Registered Nurse, passionate entrepreneur and visionary in senior health and care. As a former Intensive Care Unit nurse and mother of two, Tracy has an intimate knowledge and understanding of how to care for those who, through the course of time or events are unable to care for themselves. As an Instructor of Nursing at Vancouver Com- munity College, she has an extensive knowledge about the latest research and advancements in nursing. Tracy's RN background as well as her time working in Neurology and Stroke Research gives her valuable insight in to what might be happening to our loved ones. Tracy has recently started an exceptional senior home health care company called Proof of Care. Proof of Care exists to support and restore dignity, to advocate, but foremost to preserve the sparkle in aged eyes. Keep Wells purpose aligns with both Tracy's personal and professional goals, values and mission in senior health. Tracy's legacy is to change the way we care for our seniors, to add value to those who gave us values. Her warm, welcoming, approachable personality puts anyone who meets her instantly at ease... not to mention the way her laugh fills a room. Tracy was born and raised in North Vancouver, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Keep Well Society and is looking forward to the wonderful year ahead.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Living Well on Lonsdale Seniors Information Fair Friday, Sept 7th 10:00am-2:00pm John Braithwaite Community Centre 145 West 1st Street

Friday, May 4, 2012

Karen Tyrell - Personalized Dementia Solutions

Tyrell wants to help families crack dementia code By Diane Strandberg - The Tri-City News Published: April 03, 2012 8:00 AM Karen Tyrell jokingly calls herself the “dementia whisperer” but the nickname may be apt as she has as many problem-solving techniques and solutions as there are challenging behaviours. You name it, Tyrell, has seen it in her years as a therapeutic support worker for people with dementia. The signs of dementia are as varied as the people who acquire the debilitating disease: repetitive actions that seem to make no sense; wandering; disruptive or inappropriate behaviours — all of it looking like crazy behaviour unless you are the caregiver who is dealing with it and watching your trusted loved go into decline. “They feel guilty. They feel a loss of hope,” Tyrell said of caregivers. “That’s the stage where families are struggling. They don’t know how to cope.” While putting someone in a care home is one option, and some anxiety-reducing drugs will calm some patients, Tyrell believes non-pharmacological interventions offer promise and can keep people at home longer, in familiar environments where they do best. With her newly established consulting business, Personalized Dementia Solutions (www.dementiasolutions.ca), Tyrell offers hope for families walking down this dark and rarely discussed path to a calmer, more peaceful future. “If we can manage those behaviours, they may be able to stay home longer and families won’t be burnt out as quickly,” she explained. Typically, caregivers call Tyrell as a last resort. A partner or grandparent is wandering and getting lost; or they are relieving themselves in the corner of the living room; or they pace endlessly or ask the same question over and over, and then they get angry or abusive when challenged. Many of these behaviours are simply reflections of the individual’s particular history or reality. Memory is like an onion, said Tyrell: When the most recent memories peel away, the raw emotions of an earlier time are left behind. With so much pain, suffering, worry or even boredom at the centre of these behaviours, Tyrell advises getting to the heart of the matter using a technique called therapeutic reasoning to talk the patient out of their agitated state. It involves more or less agreeing with the dementia sufferer to create a calm feeling. You acknowledge the problem, said Tyrell, but offer a solution, such as “Your sister is looking after the children” or “The cows have already been milked, aren’t we lucky!” These may seem like evasive strategies, but they do work. “All behaviour has meaning,” explained Tyrell, saying the caregiver needs to get into the head of the dementia sufferer to understand them. In her experience, the wandering person is trying to get to a place that features prominently in an earlier memory — a former home, perhaps — or they may be looking for their children or their mom and dad. Sometimes, a solution is to tire the person out or remove a memory trigger, such as a coat rack, so they don’t see their coat and think of leaving. Tyrell describes a condition experienced by some dementia sufferers called “sundowning,” where they get restless, usually at a time of day where they would have been active in an earlier part of their life, such as getting home from work or making a meal. She advises hiring a support worker who can keep the patient busy with brain-stimulating activities, such as puzzles, sorting games or art therapy, even reminiscing, often followed by a walk, which reduces their anxiety and prepares them for a restful evening. “A lot of families don’t know this, they aren’t taught this,” said Tyrell, “But there are simple things that you can do.”

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Handy Granddaughter

Laurie McLean - SWAN Member Profile Handy Granddaughter Laurie always knew she wanted to have her own business; it took the passage of time and varied career experiences—from health care, to construction, to adult education—to refine the vision of what her business would look like. Her passion for helping others and the profound satisfaction she experienced from helping her grandmother to maintain her independence for as long as possible through handling the handy-man jobs inspired Laurie to start Handy Granddaughter. Laurie provides care in an unconventional way to senior citizens—primarily widows—by providing handy-man services such as installations, repairs and maintenance work that help seniors to maintain both their independence and a sense of pride in their home. She finds both the work and the relationships she develops with her clients gratifying. Laurie’s greatest achievements in life include playing varsity field hockey, building a diverse set of skills over several career paths, and building her business from scratch with limited funds. She has had to overcome a reluctance to ask for help, “toot her own horn”, and network with others. The best piece of business advice Laurie was given was “Don’t make promises you can’t keep”. Laurie’s advice to new entrepreneurs is that you must love what you’re doing, learn to listen and absorb everything then apply what works for you, have a clear one year plan, and try not to get into too much debt when starting out. Laurie maintains balance through building in lots of play time: hiking, cycling, going on road trips and surrounding herself with good friends. Along with learning how to convey her message and learning good networking skills, Laurie has made many new friends through SWAN. You can contact Laurie at laurie@handygranddaughter.ca 604-839-6084 www.handygranddaughter.ca Interviewed by Susan Chambers

Monday, March 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Suzuki Elders to Offer Six-Part Lecture Series at Eldercollege, Capilano University

Suzuki Elders to Offer Six-Part Lecture Series at Eldercollege, Capilano University

The Association of Suzuki Elders, a group of self-identified elders working as volunteers with and through the David Suzuki Foundation, will be offering a series of six weekly lectures on environmental issues to Eldercollege at Capilano University from 6 March through 10 April 2012.

Entitled “Transitions – Back to the Future”, the series will examine the challenges to our future well-being imposed by population growth, energy and resource use, climate change, and environmental and social alterations. A total of 14 elder professionals with wide-ranging experience will delve into energy use, environmental sciences, medicine, communications, innovative technologies, economics, planning and education, interspersed with some musical story-telling and an interactive forum involving session attendees.

The Suzuki Elders invites interested seniors on the North Shore and beyond to attend these sessions at no charge. In addition to benefitting from a stimulating series of lectures, attendees will gain a wonderful opportunity to experience an example of the dynamic programming offered by Eldercollege.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Dates: 6 Tuesdays, March 6 - April 10, 2012
Place: Capilano University, Library room 322
RSVP to: Hugh Millar, 604-924-1323, 3millars@telus.net

There is no charge to attend these sessions.

For additional information media may contact:
Hugh Millar, Eldercollege, 604-924-1323, 3millars@telus.net
Stan Hirst, Suzuki Elders, 778 338 5541, stanhirst@shaw.ca

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Celebrate the Body, Mind & Spirit at The Summerhill!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Do you know someone who could use a scooter/electric wheelchair to get around but can’t afford to buy one?

Bev Pitman at United Way recently had a conversation with a Mr. Cliff
Steel in Langley, who restores scooters and electric wheelchairs in
order to give them away -- at no charge -- to people who can’t
afford to buy one. He’s recycled 16 in total and now has 4
available (1 scooter and 3 electric wheelchairs). He says they’re
worth around $4,000 each but knows that many seniors who need them
can’t afford them. He asks that people return the scooter/chair to
him when they’re finished using them so that he can restore and
recycle them again. He’s received a big batch of ones to restore
just in the past month, so he should have some more ready to pass
along quite soon. Cliff is retired, 93 years of age, and this is
what he does.

Cliff’s phone number is 604-530-1272. Please mention Bev Pitman
and the United Way when you call so he knows the connection.