Wishing you all a happy Seniors' Week!

The Caregivers Out Loud Podcast

Podcast Episode 9: Grieving Before a Death

 

Listen to our latest podcast episode! In this episode we speak with Courtney Doherty, a registered clinical counsellor, who joins our host Bill Israel to discuss grieving before a death. Including, grieving the loss of a care recipient's cognitive abilities, loss of one's own future dreams, loss of stability and the loss of one's identity.

Listen on your favourite podcast listening app or on our website!

Created with the support of Organized Sound Productions

A Big Thank You!

To Conclude the Month of May...

 

We at Family Caregivers of BC would like to say a big thank you for helping us celebrate Caregiver Awareness Month.

Caregivers have experienced so many additional challenges this year so it was especially important to us, as well as the National Caregiver Awareness Group, to push the conversation about caregivers forward and bring more awareness to this important role nationally.

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

Virtual Caregiver Support Groups

 

For All Caregivers:

Join us TODAY, June 8th, for the BC Men's Virtual Support Group (2nd Tuesday of every month from 7 - 8:30 pm) for men to come together monthly to connect, receive support and share experiences as caregivers. Our group is led by experienced facilitators. 

As well, join us June 10th, for the Caregivers Connect: BC’s Virtual Support Group (2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 2 - 3:30 pm).

This group brings people from across the province together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance and connection, where caregivers can realize they are not alone.

You must pre-register to join each session!



Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group

 

Our monthly Victoria Virtual Caregiver Group brings caregivers from the Greater Victoria Area together around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. This group is facilitated by our experienced volunteer Bonnie Davoren.

Next Session: June 7th, 1:30-3:00 pm (1st Wednesday of each month).

Registration: You must pre-register to join the session. Register in advance here. You will get a password and instructions to join this Zoom Virtual Group.

Please note that when joining you can choose to share your first and last name or create an anonymous username.

Join our Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Practical Tools for Positive Mental Health Webinar

 

Family Caregivers of BC is excited to host ‘Practical Tools for Positive Mental Health’ a webinar for family and friend caregivers and those who support caregivers. Dr. Lisa van Bussell, a geriatric psychiatrist with Fountain of Health organization will present on:

  • The importance of positive ageing;
  • How to promote brain health by modifying 5 key health behaviours;
  • How to set a SMART goal; and
  • Easy-to-use tools that will help you promote health and well-being

Join us on Friday June 25th at 1o:00 am - 11:00 am PST - registration is required to join on Zoom.

Upcoming Facebook Live Sessions

 

On June 24th at 9 am, join Wendy Johnstone for a Facebook Live conversation about Visiting Loved Ones In Care Facilities. We will share our great new resources that will support you with making a personalized caregiver plan!

New to Facebook Live? It is a live recording on the Family Caregivers of BC Facebook Page. You can join during the live time or the recording is saved for you to watch at another time—similar to our webinars! Our Facebook Live sessions are shorter, bite-size learning opportunities for caregivers and our community.

FCBC Reading Material and Resources

More Than a Visitor: Webinar

 

Family caregivers are more than visitors; they are an important part of the care team. In this webinar, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and Family Caregivers of BC will provide caregivers with tools and resources to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence to care in our current changing environment.

Tips for Visiting Someone with Dementia

 

With restrictions in BC lifting, it felt timely to share this resource for those caregivers anticipating being reunited with their loved ones in care facilities with dementia.

Community Events

Virtual Symposium: 'The Future of Aging in Canada'

 

On June 8, 2021, the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers Responsible for Seniors Forum will host a virtual stakeholder symposium on “The Future of Aging in Canada” from noon-3pm EST. It will bring together stakeholders from across Canada and experts for a discussion on how to support healthy aging, address senior abuse and address social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Stay tuned to the Seniors in Canada Facebook page for the link to the live-stream.

Happy B.C. Seniors' Week!

 

In October 2002 a proclamation was declared in perpetuity that the first week of June every year shall be known as “Seniors’ Week”. This is a time to celebrate seniors and their many contributions – providing an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the integral part seniors play in communities across British Columbia.

Other Resources & Research Studies

BC's Plan to Re-Open!

 

BC's Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring B.C. back together. Starting May 25, we can gradually begin to restart our important social connections, businesses and activities. Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. 

Learn more about the steps for a careful reopening at the link below.

BC Recovery Benefit

 

If you have not yet applied for the BC Recovery Benefit, you may still do so. The BC Recovery Benefit is a one-time, tax-free payment of up to $1,000 for eligible families and single parents and up to $500 for eligible individuals. 

You have until June 30, 2021 to apply.

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