Free Workshops help caregivers to overcome daily challenges
To take care of a person requires time, dedication, attention and commitment. It is too much love involved, but the daily duty sometimes can be overwhelming regardless of the age of the caregiver or the assisted one. To support all faces of caregiving from the community, from February 20th to April 16th, North York Seniors Centre will offer for free the “Caregiver Workshop Series 2020 – Because everyone Matters“.
The event has been held for more than ten years with the leadership of Stacy Hilliman (Client Service Coordinator of the North York Seniors Centre). However, the new series comes more robust: 10 workshops presented by a spectrum of professionals from the health industry who will debate stress management, back pain and prevention, the phases of dementia and elder abuse, to name a few. It also caters to any caregiver.
According to Stacy, the agenda of the presentations was built based on discussions she had within her caregivers’ group. “We constantly apply surveys, and some topics that came up were considered.” She enhances that the workshops intend to provide awareness, essential insights and techniques to improve the ability to be a better caregiver. “Besides, it will be a place where attendants can socialize, meet new friends and connect with people that can support them”.
The “Caregiver Workshop Series 2020 – Because everyone Matters” will take place on Thursdays from 10 am to 11:30 am at 21 Hendon Ave. (Yonge and Finch). It is free and open to the community, but it requires registration. To register, contact Stacy at 416 733.4111 ext. 310/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited.
February 13: “Lifting and Bending the Right Way” by Dr. Karen Hudes, Chiropractor and Certified Rehabilitation Specialist. Dr. Karen Hudes will discuss back pain and prevention as well as how to safely lift a client/caregiver without hurting themselves. She has been practicing for more than 18 years. Her focus is on back injuries pain, headaches, Women during and after pregnancy, Neck injuries and pain, Shoulder and elbow pain, Car Accident victims.
Feb 20th – “Supporting Seniors to stay at home longer” by Geoff Whitlock from Custodia, Home Care Services for Seniors. They are going to come and talk about support they can give around the house to help seniors stay at home longer. Larger cleaning, home maintenance, outside work etc.
Feb.27th – “LTC Planning -What seniors need to do ahead to plan for their care and the differences between retirement residence and LTC homes”, by LHIN.
March 5th– “Elder Abuse- types and prevention” Lawyer from Advocacy Centre for the Elderly
March 12th –TBD
March 19th-“How Caregivers can manage Chronic illnesses at home” by Adriana Adriana Salvia, BGS, B.Ed. (Adult Education), M.Ed. Continuing Education, Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellness, Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
March 26th–“Dementia 101 and Seven A’s of Dementia” by Kimberly Dilmohamed, Caregiver Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto
April 2nd– “Yoga for everyone” by Martine Fletcher – certified and athletic trainer. She is known for her cheerful and fun classes, ensuring everyone feels successful! A mat or towel will be needed for this session.
April 9th-“POA and Wills” by Debbie Jorgenson, Lawyer-to be confirmed
April 16th –“Caregiver Stress and Building Resilience”, by Edick Cole, Social Worker and Caregiver Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.This workshop is to help care partners identify their sources of stress and develop coping strategies. The focus of the session will be on exploring the concept of resilience and ways to build care partner resilience.