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Thank You Grace
World Alzheimer Day P. 2
Door to Door Campaign P. 3
A Daughter’s Memoir P. 4-5
Alzheimer Awareness P. 5
Volunteer Companion P. 7
Thank You Grace!
This year we were very fortunate to have UPEI student
Grace Wedlake join us as a summer student. Grace has
been a great support to the work we do at the Alzheimer
Society of PEI and has completed some fantastic
projects which we are very excited about! We are going
to miss having Grace at the office but we wish her the
best of luck as she continues to pursue her degree in
Diversity and Social Justice!
Have you taken a moment to
strengthen your brain today?
Give this Brain Booster a try!
Exactly how many
minutes is it before
seven o’clock, if 40
minutes ago it was three
times as many minutes
past two o’clock?
World Alzheimer's Day
September 21, 2016
Governor of Prince
and Her Honour
cordially invite you to
join The Department of
Education & The
Alzheimer Society of
PEI as they Introduce
and Other Dementias: A
Resource for Teachers"
September 21, 2016,
12:00 pm at
Please confirm your
attendance by Friday,
September 16, 2016
World Alzheimer Day - Coffee Break
The Alzheimer Society of PEI is issuing a call for help
from local individuals, organizations or businesses to sign
up as a Coffee Break® host this fall.
Specifically, we are looking for "champions" to help out
by hosting a Coffee Break®. We even provide you with
the coffee (donated by Mother Parkers)!
A Coffee Break® is simply a fundraiser for the Alzheimer
Society. Typically, a business or organization will serve
coffee for employees or customers in return for a
Call the Alzheimer Society of PEI to sign up today!
"We know there are many more individuals who are
experiencing memory loss and cognitive impairment and
thousands of family members who would benefit from
our programs & services. We continue to reach out to
them in many ways," said CEO, Corrine HendrickenEldershaw. "Unfortunately, our financial resources are not
growing as quickly as the need.”
Make sure you stop by Kent Building Supplies & Bulk
Barn throughout the month of September to support
these generous businesses and to make a contribution
to the Coffee Break Campaign.
Thank you Bulkbarn & Kent Building Supplies!
to Door Campaign
Please help us by giving 2 hours of your time to help
us canvas during one or all of our Door to Door Blitzes
happening in select locations across PEI.
One of our canvassers will be entered into an Air Canada
Draw for two flights for travel to any Air Canada
scheduled destination in North America, including
Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.
For every $100 collected, your name will be entered
into the draw for this amazing prize!
Did you know there is
strong evidence that
smokers are at a 45%
higher risk of
disease than nonsmokers or ex-smokers?
They are also at a higher
risk of developing
vascular dementia and
other forms of dementia.
The good news: you can
reduce your risk by
Learn more about
modifiable risk factors
We are canvassing:
Charlottetown on October 2nd, 2016
Montague on October 9th, 2016
Stratford on October 16th, 2016
Cornwall on October 23rd, 2016
Note: If someone does not knock on your door and you
want to contribute, please click here for information
on how to donate!
By supporting our Door-to-Door Campaign, you are
contributing to important programs and services that help
people in our province, as well as crucial research
initiatives. The Alzheimer Society of PEI needs your
help to make a difference in the lives of thousands of
Islanders living with Alzheimer's disease or related
dementias. 100% of the dollars raised stay on PEI.
If you are willing to help us with a one-day blitz in your
area, please contact the Alzheimer Society of PEI.
Alzheimer Society of PEI
166 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 1S1
Music Care Webinar
A Daughter’s Memoir about Dementia
If you’d like to learn
about the role of music in
care, there are several
through the Room 217
Registration is now open
for the Music Care
offered in Anitgonish,
NS, September 16th-17th,
and in Saint John, NB,
If you’d like to learn
more about “Quality of
life and aging” you can
attend a free Music Care
webinar on September
Elizabeth Murray wanted to believe that her mother’s
actions were nothing more than the normal aging of a
sometimes difficult and determined woman. Had
Murray not been absorbed with her own ill health, she
might have been more concerned about her mother’s
memory lapses and unusual behaviour but a battle with
cancer, the death of her father, and a strained
relationship with her brothers had left her emotionally
Contact Deb at
more information about
Murray’s memoir Holding on to Mamie: My Mother,
Dementia and Me chronicles her mother’s decline from
dementia and its insidious transformation of a once
“After my mother was forced to move into a nursing
home, I found caches of notes crammed into the
cupboards and drawers of her house,” explains Murray,
who became the target for her mother’s increasing
anger and paranoia as dementia took hold. “The notes
contained bitter indictments against me for things that I
had never said or done.”
“My story began as a quest for redemption,” said
Murray. Her memoir has become more than a personal
exercise in healing; by raising awareness of some of the
darker symptoms of dementia, her story has helped
others navigate their own journey with the disease.
We need volunteers!
Volunteers are the most
important resource for
our organization - your
time and energy are
essential to help us
support people living
with dementia and their
We would love to have
your time and talents to
help us create our vision
of a world without
Alzheimer's disease &
Murray’s hope is that sharing her experience will help to
normalize dementia and reduce some of the stigma that
surrounds the disease.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of her memoir
will be donated to organizations dedicated to providing
services to families who are living with dementia.
For more information about the book go to
Door to Door
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month! Each year we
celebrate Alzheimer Awareness Month with a unique
campaign focused on raising knowledge and
awareness among Islanders and across Canada.
Stay tuned for the reveal of this year’s awareness
campaign, and save the dates for our upcoming events
throughout the month of January:
January 4th: Appearance with “Boomer” on CBC
January 19th: 5th Annual Alzheimer Awareness
January 28th: Dementia 101 Public Information
…more to come!
Please email Kate S.
to volunteer with
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Interacting with a person
who has dementia
Be yourself of course!
But, there are some
simple things to
interacting with someone
who has dementia:
- Always approach from
the front, so you don’t
- Don’t stand too close to,
or over someone when
- Identify yourself and
explain why you’ve
- Maintain eye contact
- Don’t correct or be
- Keep activities and
- Mind your body
- Appreciate the person’s
strengths rather than
focusing on their
- Always be encouraging
- Don’t be rigid, go with
As Canada's leading health charity for people living with
Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, we
know that when someone has dementia, what they need
more than anything is understanding and support.
That's why we invite you to join the community of
Dementia Friends that is growing across Canada.
Dementia Friends Canada is a national campaign that's
helping Canadians learn a little more about dementia and
then turning that understanding into simple actions to
help people living with dementia live well. It all starts
when you become a Dementia Friend. So please extend
the invitation to become a Dementia Friend to as many of
your friends as possible. You'll be helping build
awareness and broader support for an important issue,
while contributing to a growing community of Dementia
The more Canadians know about Dementia, the more
prepared they'll be to take actions that make life better
for everyone affected by it.
You can become a Dementia Friend by:
• Signing up on the Dementia Friends website OR
• Following Dementia Friends on Facebook or
• Attend an Alzheimer's Society event
Remember that when someone you care about has
dementia, what they need most of all is a friend. Become
a Friend today, and encourage your friends to do the
Volunteer Companion Program
The Volunteer Companion Program is a one-on-one
visiting program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease
or related dementia.
Volunteer companions are matched with a person with the
disease and visit once a week, during their preferred time,
to provide socialization and meaningful activity to the
These visits give the caregiver opportunity for respite and
assist them in keeping their loved
one at home longer.
New volunteer companions
received training from the
Alzheimer Society in May and June,
allowing more matches to be made!
If you would like more information about the program and
being matched with a volunteer companion, contact the
Alzheimer Society of PEI.
The next First Link Caregiver Education Series will be
offered on Tuesdays throughout November, 11 am-12 pm
at the Alzheimer Society of PEI. The Caregiver Education
Series is a wonderful learning opportunity for family
caregivers providing support to a loved one with
dementia. A different topic is covered each week through
November 8th: It's Dementia...Where Do We Go
Participants will receive basic information about dementia
and the impact this disease has on the individual,
caregivers and families. Through an exploration of how
dementia affects the brain and behaviour across the
progression of the disease, caregivers will learn what to
expect throughout the journey of dementia.
November 15th: Day-to-Day Living
Changes in the brain due to Alzheimer’s disease or
another form of dementia often appear to us as changes in
the person’s behaviour. Caregivers will learn how to
understand behavior as a form of communication and
explore strategies for determining what the person with
dementia might be trying to communicate. Caregivers
will explore ways to decrease the occurrence of
behaviours that concern us and discuss effective ways of
facilitating communication and providing support to the
person with dementia.
November 22nd: Who Cares for the Caregiver?
When supporting a person with a chronic illness such as
dementia, it is vital that caregivers take care of their own
physical and mental health. Participants will gain an
understanding of how certain messages, demands or
beliefs can contribute to stress and burnout. They will
also learn how to recognize the signs of burnout, and
discover ways to deal with caregiver stress.
November 29th: Life Has Changed: What's Next?
Starting to plan for the future as early as possible ensures
that the person with dementia can play a role in making
important health care and financial decisions. Family
caregivers will learn the importance of early planning and
review strategies for ensuring that the wishes of the
individual with dementia are honored now and in the
If you would like to register for the Caregiver Education
Series, please call 370-3135 or email
Research Survey for Caregivers
Do you currently care for a family member or friend
Do you assist this person with managing their
If you are, we would like to invite you to participate in
our research study on issues that family caregivers for
persons with dementia face when they assist with and
manage medications. for their care recipient.
Participation involves completing an online, anonymous
survey which will take about 15 minutes of your time.
The study is being conducted by researchers at the
College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba who
are interested in learning more about caregiving and
medication responsibilities. The survey is available
For more information about this study, please contact:
Danielle Chu, Research Assistant
College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences,
University of Manitoba,
Ph. 204-975-7742 email: email@example.com