One Person’s Self Care

There are many options for how a Care Partner can practice self care – from pursuing your own hobbies, to taking a spa day and time for yourself!

One of our Care Partners, Pam, wrote this poem to help with her own self care – is poetry something you could do too?


“Code White”

Written by Pamela
March 27, 2017

A “Code White” in a Hospital setting,
can be very disturbing and life threatening.

For a Caregiver it’s very stressful
as their loved one’s state is seriously mental.

My loved one was always in his life…..“The Boss”
however, now I am confronted with “Ambiguous Loss”.

I could no longer take care of my loved one
and I don’t feel I need to provide explanation,
my loved one’s “Brain” simply just left the Nation.

The medical and professional staff do their very best
they settle my loved one so that he is calmed and he can rest.

Every time I hear about the “Code White”
it just instills in me serious fright.

My loved one was admitted to hospital “Lock Down”,
and he will never come home,
this is all a result of this terrible disease and horrible syndrome.

To all Caregivers dealing with and supporting dementia for their loved one
stay strong, take one day at a time and soon you will see the rise of the sun.

That’s my hope and prayer which helps to get me through my day
it’s all I have left to hold on to otherwise it’s feeling like castaway.

My loved one and I feel ship wrecked and stranded in some strange place
in the mean time all we have is this disease dementia to live with its reality to
embrace.

Thank You for Warming Up Your Winter With Us! Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington’s 9th Annual Winter Warmer is Huge Success!

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Thank You for Warming Up Your Winter With Us! Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington’s 9th Annual Winter Warmer is Huge Success!

Waterloo Wellington, ON – March 28, 2017: On March 23rd 2017, over 120 guests attended the 9th Annual Winter Warmer, presented by Audi Kitchener-Waterloo, co-hosted by Beam Suntory, for the benefit of Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington at The Tannery, (121 Charles Street West Kitchener, ON N2G 1H7).

The event was a debate style format, with International Ambassadors debating different whisk(e)ys. Guests tasted 7 different whisk(e)ys, from varying locations in Canada, the US, Scotland and Japan. A tie was voted upon by guests, between American Bourbon and Scotch Whiskey! Guests enjoyed appetizers, a live and silent auction, as well as chatting with the Ambassadors and experts.

This year’s Winter Warmer – the Great Whisk(e)y Debate raised over $20,000.00 for Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington – the highest amount ever raised for this event, our community helped us shatter our fundraising goal!

“This event was our best-ever. Not only did we raise a fantastic amount of funds for our Society, but everyone who attended had a fabulous time!” says Michelle Martin, Executive Director of Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. “We hope that everyone saves the date for next year’s 10th Annual Event – the Winter Warmer Prohibition Party on March 24th 2018!”

 Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington would like to thank all our community members, partners and sponsors, including Audi Kitchener Waterloo, Beam Suntory, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, Jackman Construction Inc., Homecare Assistance, D2L, Darryl Watty, Lee Quaile, JG Group of Companies, Granite Homes and Marc Melick.

With their support and yours, we will be able to continue to provide programs and services in Waterloo Wellington to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners, to live well.

About the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington provides information, education and support through individual counselling and support groups to over 14,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their care partners, families, health professionals and the general public.

 Media contact:

Jillian Treadgold, Community Engagement and Donor Relations Coordinator

519-742-1422 x 2021   jillian@alzheimerww.ca      www.alzheimerww.ca

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Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington’s Walk for Alzheimer’s Is a Great Success!

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Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington’s Walk for Alzheimer’s Is a Great Success!

 

Waterloo Wellington, ON – February 3, 2017: This past Sunday, January 29th, over 400 individuals laced up their running shoes and joined the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington for the 2017 Walk for Alzheimer’s presented by Your Neighbourhood Credit Union.

 

The indoor Walk took place on Sunday January 29, 2017, with four Walk locations throughout Waterloo Wellington. Walks were held at: Old Quebec St Shoppes in Guelph, Mount Forest & District Sports Complex in Mount Forest, Waterloo Recreation Complex in Waterloo and Cambridge Centre Mall in Cambridge.

 

Both individuals and teams participated, and Walkers, sponsors and donors collectively raised $120,000 across the region. Donations to the Walk for Alzheimer’s 2017 are still coming in daily, and donations will continue to be accepted until the end of February. All funds raised in any of our Walks stay in our community and support Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.

 

“The 2017 Walk was a big success – everyone who came out and participated had a great time.” says Michelle Martin, Executive Director. “This year we raised over $120,000 in one day, and with donations still being accepted until the end of February, we are confident we can achieve our goal.”

 

Online donations can still be made at www.alzheimerww.ca/walk. For more information, or to make a donation, please contact the Society at 519-742-1422.

 

With your support, we will be able to continue to provide programs and services in Waterloo Wellington to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners, to live well.

 

About the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

 

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington provides information, education and support through individual counselling and support groups to over 14,000 persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their care partners, families, health professionals and the general public.

 

For more information and to donate online visit: http://www.alzheimerww.ca/walk.

 

Media contact:

Jillian Treadgold, Community Engagement and Donor Relations Coordinator

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

 

519-742-1422 x 2021 jillian@alzheimerww.ca www.alzheimerww.ca

Participants Needed for a Research Study!

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Participants Needed for a Research Study!

Adolescents who have Older Relatives Living with Dementia: Recalling Experiences, Awareness and Supports

We are looking for individuals who are:

 

·        Adolescents (aged 13-18) who have an older relative currently living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

OR

·        Adults (aged 18+) who had an older relative living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease during their adolescence (aged 13-18)

 

Individuals aged 13 years old and above are needed to take part in a one-on-one interview and talk about the experience of having an older relative with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease during their adolescence (aged 13-18).

 

 

 

Study Principal Investigator: Kristine Newman, RN, CRN(C) PhD

 

Interviews will be 45 minutes to 1 hour long, and you will receive a $10 Canadian Gift Certificate as a thank you for participating.

Please contact Genevieve Armstrong and Angel He Wang at knewmanresearch@ryerson.ca or 1 (416) 979-5000 x 4160 for information or to take part in this study.

 

Parental consent will be required for participants under 16 years of age.

 

Please note that the security of e-mail messages is not guaranteed. Messages may be forged, forwarded, kept indefinitely, or seen by others. Do not use e-mail to discuss sensitive information. Do not use e-mail in an emergency since e-mail may be delayed.

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