ALZ: Family Caregiver Wellness Day: Oakville

Take time to indulge in yourself. Relax and regroup with other caregivers. Manage the stress of caregiving with simple and fun exercises like dance movement and music therapy. Develop self-awareness to balance responsibilities as a caregiver. No cost to participate. Spots are limited, so register now.

Come and de-stress with…
Dance Instructor – June Lawrence and
Music Therapist – Julia St Cyr.

Not to mention a deliciously catered lunch and of course great company!

Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2019.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Community Center, Oakville, ON
Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm

*Please let us know if you require respite care for your loved one,
in order to attend*

Register Here!

For more info, contact Ana Nunes-Freitas,
Caregiver Education Coordinator
905.827.8800 Ext. 2417

Mississauga Halton LHIN – Family Caregiver Input: You Can Help Inform Future Needs

Are you caring for someone with memory loss or dementia, who attends memory loss or dementia related services?

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network invites you to have input into Dementia programs.

On Thursday February 21st,  you are invited to attend a focus group at the Regional Learning Centre to answer questions and have discussions on the strengths and weaknesses of current programs and services for persons with dementia. To see the flyer for more details and to register, please  Click here

The “100% Certainty Project” – Let’s Start Talking About End of Life

“Nothing’s certain but death and taxes.” And tax advice, it seems, is everywhere we turn, whether through the media or via an army of advisors and accountants. But what about death?

There’s not much advice on how to die well. In fact, there’s hardly any information or conversation about it at all. The practicalities are mysterious enough: Will there be pain, indignity, and loss of autonomy? Home, hospice or hospital, assuming I get a choice? How will my family cope? And then there’s the hard work of making meaning out of something that feels like the end of all meaning. No wonder we fix our attention firmly on the details and the big questions of life rather than death!

Much of this social denial is an unintended consequence of our medical expertise. When so much treatment is possible, and so much specialized knowledge is offered, it’s easy to let the professionals take over. A 2018 study by the Institute of Clinical Evaluation Sciences found that though most Ontarians would prefer to die at home, death too often happens in hospitals or long-term care homes after every possible treatment “fails,” rather than at home in quiet dignity as the last meaningful event in a significant life.

The 100% Certainty Project aims to change that in the Hamilton and Halton region. Representatives from the local palliative care centre, funeral homes, hospices and bookstores choose four or five new books every year where dying plays a central role as plot device or central topic. By promoting the books through author readings and other events, we hope to encourage the grassroots conversations that will lead to creating the social fabric we will all need at the end of life.

Over the next few months, I’ll introduce you, through brief reviews, to the five books on this year’s list. I’ll also alert you to a few events here in Halton related to the topics that these books explore so creatively. I hope this will help you have the essential conversations about your own journey towards death with your friends and family.

In the meantime, you can get acquainted with The 100% Certainty Project at Let’s start talking about that final taboo.

Burlington resident Janet Gadeski is a former board member of The Carpenter Hospice. An avid reader, she represents the Hospice on The 100% Certainty Project’s working group.

Please find the first of these book reviews below:

“The End of Your Life Book Club”  (Will Schwalbe, Knopf, 2012),


Perhaps the most vital message as death draws near is that life goes on. It’s an outlook that transforms the end-of-life journey for both patient and loved ones. And it’s the foundation of the worldwide palliative care movement. In the words of Burlington’s Carpenter Hospice, it means “Making Moments Matter” right to the end of life.

The main characters in The End of Your Life Book Club (Will Schwalbe, Knopf, 2012), made moments matter, in part, through a shared love of books. Mary Anne Schwalbe was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer at the age of 73. She and her son Will were avid readers. It was natural for each to bring a book to Mary Anne’s appointments, and share favorite passages during the long waits.

Soon they realized that they had a “book club of two.” At first, they held meetings in the chemotherapy suite during Mary Anne’s treatments. When her cancer could no longer be held back, they met at her bedside. Each book they discussed led them to learn more about each other’s hearts and minds, and become more able to talk about the imminent end of Mary Anne’s life.

Mary Anne’s achievements as the respected Director of Admissions at Harvard, successful international volunteer and fundraiser, and award-winning humanitarian built a lasting legacy in the US and abroad. Yet for Will, the insights revealed in their discussions of books became a more intimate legacy. Whether they read novels, biography, philosophy or religion, they challenged one another, laughed and cried together, and travelled towards new destinations (end-of-life for Mary Anne, a more authentic life for Will).

Mary Anne and Will show us how books can help build deeper connections with those we love and perhaps face losing. I imagine that almost any book could provoke some kind of shared response – whether a soul-baring discussion, an intellectually provoking debate, a hearty laugh, or just a joint eye-roll. But if you would like to check their list in the hope of starting your own book club of two, you’ll find it at End of Your Life Book Club reading list.







brainXchange Online Event: The importance of recreational programs for those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia

brainXchange, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the CCNA proudly present:

The importance of recreational programs for those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia 

Thursday February 21st, 2019

9:00 – 10:00 AM (Pacific)  l  10:00-11:00 AM (Mountain)  
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Central Standard)  l  12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern) 
1:00-2:00 PM (Atlantic) l  1:30-2:30 PM (Newfoundland)


This webinar will touch on the importance of recreational programs specifically designed for people living with Young Onset Dementia (YOD) and their care partners. Learn about The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Boomers Club, a weekly social program for YOD and their families and explore ways to support the unique needs of this population.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). 

  Registration is FREE, but space is limited
Click here to Register

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CARP Halton Chapter Community Meetings in February – Heart Healthy Eating

CARP Halton Chapter community meetings will be held as usual in both Milton and Burlington in February and at both locations we will be very pleased to welcome Registered Dietitian (RD) Cheryl Corry.

February is Heart Month and Cheryl will give a very timely presentation entitled: “Heart Healthy Eating”.

Highlights of her presentation will include:

  • Cardiovascular disease and risk factors
  • Types of fat in the blood
  • Food sources of healthy and unhealthy fats
  • Mediterranean eating pattern/heart healthy eating guidelines
  • Well balanced plate
  • Foods to limit: i.e. sugar, salt, unhealthy fats,alcohol
  • Foods to include:  Soluble fibre, plant sterols, probiotics
  • Weight management
  • Physical activity
  • Reading nutrition labels
  • Setting goals for change

Cheryl  is a founder of “Nutrition Pathway” whose goal is to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.  The following is summarized and quoted from her website:As a Registered Dietitian, Cheryl provides trusted, reliable nutrition advice based on current scientific research. Cheryl works with clients to develop personalized health care plans specific to their needs.  She provides nutrition assessments and counselling to help them make healthy changes to their eating habits and lifestyle and/or prevent or treat chronic diseases.

Cheryl graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from the University of Western Ontario.  She completed her dietetic internship at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto.  Cheryl is a Registered Dietitian in good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and a member of Dietitians of Canada, Consulting Dietitian’s group.

​Throughout her career, Cheryl has provided nutrition counselling as a clinical dietitian in a community hospital and as member of a family health team.  She has several years’ experience facilitating nutrition related workshops and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales trainer. She has experience helping clients manage emotional and/or problematic eating behaviour and improve their relationship with food.

​Cheryl believes that healthy eating is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It is not about deprivation, but rather enjoying the foods you love in moderation. Cheryl’s nutrition knowledge, experience, compassion and step by step approach have helped her successfully guide her clients along the pathway of making positive lifestyle changes.  She is passionate about helping clients achieve their health goals and improve their overall wellbeing.  

Cheryl lives with her family in Oakville.  

​Please join us at either location for what will be a very interesting and informative evening.

Our Milton meeting will take place on Wednesday February 13th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Activity Centre, 500 Childs Drive, Milton. Doors will open at 6.30pm.

Our Burlington meeting will take place on Thursday February 28th from 7.00pm to 8.45pm at the Seniors Centre, 2285 New Street, Burlington. Doors will open at 6.30pm.

Doors will open at both locations at 6.30pm. The program will begin at 7.00pm and wrap-up at 8.45pm. Coffee and tea will be available. Treats for our Milton meeting will be supplied by Revera and at Burlington by Chartwell Retirement Residences. We would like to thank them for their generosity.

Both meetings will begin with a short welcoming address from our Chapter President Tom Carrothers. Tom will also provide a brief update on your CARP Halton Chapter activities.

This will be followed by our featured presentation.

There will be a break at the midway point which will allow time to socialize with fellow members and to visit our sponsors. We encourage you to chat with our sponsors and gather more information about the services they provide. Halton Chapter thanks our sponsors for their support at all of our meetings.

Our Sponsors in February will be:

Mortgage Alliance: Iris Dowling is a Customized Mortgage Solutions and CHIP Expert

Burlington Memorial Gardens: Established in 1979, Burlington Memorial Gardens features over 100 acres of beautifully landscaped and immaculately manicured gardens. Part of the Arbor group of cemeteries and funeral homes, the property is part of the historic Niagara Escarpment.

Lisa’s Kitchen: Designing and delivering delicious nourishing meals for Seniors and Busy People

LegalShield: Puts an umbrella of protection over you & your family and gives you the confidence of knowing whatever comes your way, your law firm is there when you need it.

Hearing Life: “Your hearing is our expertise” We give you access to the most advanced hearing aid technology, expert clinical support and the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment.

Both meetings will conclude with a few closing remarks from Tom and our 50/50 draw. We encourage you to support this draw as proceeds help defray the costs incurred in putting on our meetings. Plus if you are the lucky winner at Burlington you will typically take home over well over $100.

Our meetings are FREE. All are welcome. Please support CARP Halton Chapter. We look forward to meeting our members and friends.

Mississauga Halton LHIN RLC: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Come learn ways to reduce stress, improve self-confidence and communication, find balance and identify community resources through this six week course designed to provide you with the tools needed to look after yourself. Topics to be covered include:

Week 1: Taking Care of You

Week 2: Identifying and Reducing Stress

Week 3: Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns

Week 4: Communicating in Challenging Situations

Week 5: Learning from our Emotions

Week 6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions

9:30-11:00 A.M.
Every Friday from January 25 through to March 1.

Please CLICK HERE to register

Regional Learning Centre
2030 Bristol Circle, Room 202
Oakville ON L6H 0H2