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1.  The Champlain Dementia Network and The Dementia Society is pleased to offer a free, five session (one session/week) learning and support series to family caregivers of people living with dementia.

This series is conducted online with a facilitator from the Teepa Snow Positive Approaches to Care program.  At the last session, a Dementia Care Coach will be present to discuss ongoing local support, education, and resources.

Family members may join the session starting on Tuesday, March 26, by entering the promo code “CHECK” to register for free.

  • Tuesday evening series, (for care partners of people with younger onset dementia), March 26 – April 23, 7 to 8:30 pm.

Participants only need access to a laptop that has video conferencing capabilities.  For more information on the series, ask a Dementia Care Coach or click on the highlighted link above.

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2.  February 20

The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, a non-profit charitable organization in the west-end of Ottawa located at 2730 Carling Avenue, will offer a free presentation by the Dementia Society, entitled “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care,” on Wednesday, February 20, at 6:30 pm.  This is part of the Olde Forge’s Caring for Caregivers educational support series.  To register, call 613-829-9777.  See the 2019 workshop series poster for full details.

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3.  February 21

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) has announced the next in its series of Conversations at The Royal, Communication, It’s a Family Matter, to take place in The Royal Auditorium on Thursday, February 21, from 7 to 8:30 pm, preceded by an Agency Fair from 6 to 7 pm.

Are you looking for ways to address lack of awareness and support someone in seeking help even when the right resources appear unavailable?  You are not alone. These are tough situations many families face.  Please join us for this edition of Conversations at The Royal where a panel of experienced caregivers and health care professionals will share the best communication strategies for improving relationships.  Acquire ideas and communication techniques for motivating change.  Be sure to arrive early to enjoy refreshments and attend the family Agency Fair.

To register, click here.  For further information, contact Sue Walton at sue.walton@theroyal.ca.

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4.  February 26

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County has announced a series of financial information sessions for caregivers, starting Tuesday, February 26.  Sessions will be held at the Perley and Rideau Veteran’s Health Centre, 1750 Russell Road, in Ottawa.  See the attached for full details.  To register, call 613-523-4004.

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5.  February 27, March 6, and May 1

The Plan Institute, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a non-profit social enterprise that works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by collaborating on community-based projects, offering a suite of learning initiatives, and advocating for policy reform.  The Institute has announced a series of free tele-seminars to provide information on opening, managing, and benefiting from a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).

The seminars can be attended from anywhere by telephone or computer on the following Wednesdays (NOTE: all times have been converted from Pacific to Eastern Time; click on the underlined date[s] to register for a particular session):

Call-in info will be Emailed upon registering.  For more information, Email info@rdsp.com.

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6.  February 28 (Registration deadline: February 22)

On Thursday, February 28, Mood Disorders Ottawa (MDO) will sponsor a special trial session of “Mindfulness and Meditation with Candace.”  This is a free event for MDO members as well as members of the public.  Many scientific studies have proven how Mindfulness and Meditation can reduce symptoms of stress, symptoms related to depression and anxiety (including PTSD) and other symptoms related to mood disorders.  Meditation and Mindfulness can also be used to bring clarity, compassion, and meaning to one’s life.

During this event, host Candace will give an informal talk on both Meditation and Mindfulness and will guide the audience during two different meditations: one focused on the breath and body and one focused on Loving Kindness (also known as the Pali word ‘Metta’).  This session is for those new to meditation as well as for those who are already practicing these techniques.  The session will run from 6 to 8 pm at CMHA, 1355 Bank Street, 4th floor.

Register by February 22 by Emailing Candace at mdogrp@gmail.com, or by leaving a message at 613-526-5406.  If inviting guests, include the number of attendees in your message.

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7.  February 28

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board has announced the next free information session in its Speaker Series: “UNSTOPPABLE YOU,” with Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt, to take place on Thursday, February 28, at 7 pm at the Earl of March Secondary School, 4 The Parkway, Kanata.  Tracy was born a four-way amputee.  She is an award-winning leader in business, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian, advocate, and decorated athlete.  Learn more about this inspiring speaker by visiting her Web site.

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8.  Smart Home: Dementia Wandering Solutions

The Bruyère Research Institute, in collaboration with Champlain LHIN, Carleton University, The Dementia Society, and Carefor, is currently recruiting participants for a free trial to test an innovative in-home technology system to detect when a person with Dementia gets out of bed, guide them safely to a bathroom and back by turning on/off lights, coax them back to bed using verbal messages that tell them it’s night time, and notify their caregiver if they are about to open a door or leave the home.

The trial will test and evaluate the reliability and usefulness of the system, its impact on helping caregivers improve their quality of sleep and reduce their stress levels, and how the person with Dementia reacts to the system.

The experimental system is designed to be flexible and personalized: the researchers will work together with individual caregivers to design solutions that best meet their needs.

To learn more, telephone 613-562-6262, Ext. 1677, or Email tafeta@bruyere.org.

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9.  The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) has created a new online community forum for individuals living with OCD, My OCD Community.

Those struggling to manage the impact of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and find support are not alone.  In addition to being highly misunderstood, OCD can be an unpredictable and unique disease that can impact all areas of one’s life.
Having a peer community to share experiences with and turn to for support can be an invaluable asset.  That’s why the IOCDF recently partnered with HealthUnlocked to launch this new peer-to-peer online community.
My OCD Community is a free, online peer-to-peer forum for members to share their OCD experiences.  The community is a safe space that allows members to post a question and get answers from members of the forum, share their OCD journey, connect with others, and contribute to ongoing conversations – all from a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
To learn more about My OCD Community, read the recent blog post here.

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10.  March 1
The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Inspiration Awards.  The awards ceremony, presented by TD Group, will be held on Friday, March 1.

Nominations are open in the following categories:

  1. Personal Leader for Mental Health,
  2. Community Leader for Mental Health,
  3. Youth Inspiration Award,
  4. Young Researcher
  5. Transformational Leader for Mental Health.

Whom should you nominate?  (NOTE:  Previous nominees can be nominated again.)

  • A young person who is engaging their peers in discussions about the importance of mental health.
  • A leader who is inspiring mass impact with his/her mental health/illness advocacy and education.
  • An individual or a family who has inspired others with their actions to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.
  • A community agency making significant contributions towards inspiring and educating a community about mental illness and has helped, on a local level, elevate mental health priorities.
  • A researcher who is undeterred in their pursuit for more knowledge about the complex workings of the brain.

Recognize someone who is making a difference!  Nominate them before January 14, 2019.  Click here for the nomination package and further information.  Share the Inspiration Awards nomination package and information with others on Facebook.

Questions?  Message tracey.welsh@theroyal.ca.

 

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14.  March 2-3

Citizen Advocacy Ottawa has announced a two-day Caregiver Retreat to take place on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, at the Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive, in Kanata.  Although the conference is aimed at the parents, siblings, family members, and caregivers of a loved one with a developmental disability, caregivers of people with a mental illness might benefit, as well, as topics such as Mindfulness and compassion fatigue will be explored.

If interested, go to the registration page for more information, or contact the organization at info@citizenadvocacy.org or by telephone at 613-761-9522.

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15.  March 28 to May 30

The Partners for Planning Network (P4P), an Ontario network with over 100 partner organizations, offers free resources designed to empower people with disabilities, families, and caregivers to create meaningful lives and secure futures, firmly rooted in community.  The P4P has announced a series of upcoming Webinars:

  • March 28: Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
  • April 11: Introduction to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • May 6: Trustees: Roles and Responsibilities.
  • May 14: Introduction to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • May 23: Staying Strong and Resilient.
  • May 30: All about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

 

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NOTE: The Oasis in Kanata does not endorse the above sessions, programs, research projects, or their content, nor does it derive any benefit from the organizations or individuals involved, but merely wishes to bring the above to your attention.

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