Women and Dementia

Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Society

Statistically speaking, women are more likely to receive a diagnosis of dementia.

Learning Specialist, Padmaja Genesh will discuss what we can do as women to best prepare ourselves for the future.

Focusing on the impact on women, latest research and risk reduction, this is a presentation that you don’t want to miss.

Wednesday, November 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 at the Crossroads Community Association (1803 14 Ave NE)

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

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Aging in Place

October 21st  @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

South Health Campus

4448 Front St SE

Wellness Class Room 180006  

Call 403-472-6445 to register as space is limited

“Aging in Place” means having access to various services and the health and social supports you need to live safely and independently in your home for as long as you wish or are able. Aging well involves being honest with yourself and having a plan. Most Canadians want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible.

This workshop is designed to get you thinking about all 9 areas of life to consider when Aging in Place. Start to draft a plan to age well.

Register thru Eventbrite

Or call Jill Chambers with Aging in Place Supports at 403-472-6445.

Talking About Dementia with Dr. Tia Powell

Renowned expert and author will host an informative afternoon presentation about care on

Tickets are $15 and space is limited.  Sign up here

Date: Saturday, October 19th
Location: Glenbow Museum Theatre (130 9 Ave SE)
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

This is event is one of a kind and it is something that you don’t want to miss!

Join Dr. Tia Powell for an engaging and informative presentation about her recent book, Dementia Reimagined and the quality of care for people living with dementia.

An internationally renowned physician and author, Dr. Powell is the Director of the Montefi ore Einstein Center for Bioethics and of the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics program at the Albert Einstein College

This event is presented by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and is sponsored by All Seniors Care Living Centres and Mad Tasker

Choosing Connectedness

Choosing Connectedness: Why Social Participation is Critical to Healthy Aging

Date:              Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Event Time:   1:30 – 3:30 p.m. (doors open at 1:00 p.m.)
Location:       Acadia Recreation Complex Address: 240 90 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0A3
Cost:               Free to CARP members*; $2 for non-members

Please register here

The presenters are Annastasia Stevens and Connor Walsh from Calgary Seniors Resource Society.

During this meeting, you will learn why isolation is detrimental to healthy aging, and how to recognize some of the signs associated with social withdrawal. The session will also focus on inspiring older adults to find creative ways to connect, and will examine many of the benefits that result from maintaining a vibrant social life as you age. The session will end with some strategies for engaging loved ones, who are resistant to social participation, in meaningful and motivational conversations.

Power of Attorney and Personal Directive for Seniors

Why are Power of Attorney and Personal Directive so Important for Seniors?

Bring up talk about legal documents and many people’s eyes begin to glaze over, especially if you’re a family caregiver. After all, you have enough to do caring for your senior loved one without worrying about complicated legal issues and paperwork, right? However, two legal documents can potentially be important in the life of family caregivers and the seniors for whom they care: Personal Directive and Power of Attorney.

Generally, a Power of Attorney “POA” is a legal document that gives an individual the power to act on another person’s behalf. In other words, having this document in place could give the older adult in your life the confidence in knowing that choices about their financial life would not be left in the hands of a stranger if they no longer could make decisions for themselves. A POA allows adults over the age of 18 to designate another adult to manage their financial affairs if, because of health issues, they couldn’t.

More specifically, an enduring POA is one that can stay in effect even when the individual can no longer make decisions on their own or loses capacity because of a physical, mental, or cognitive condition.

So why go through the hassle of putting these legal documents in place? Not doing so can creates a risk. For instance, if something happens to your loved one who does not have an enduring power of attorney, you may have to go to court to get the authority to handle that person’s financial affairs and that can take weeks to months.

  • POAs have the ability to give seniors who have them in place greater control over their lives. For example, if you were your mother’s POA and she could no longer handle her business affairs, you would have the authority to pay bills, manage her daily business dealings, manage property, file taxes and apply for public benefits such as CPP or GIS.

A Personal Directive is a “medical” power of attorney legal document.  In general, a Personal Directive makes one individual a healthcare Agent for another. Depending on the situation, this can allow the Agent to do, for example, the following:

  • Direct the medical care that someone needs. For instance, if your father was ill or needed surgery and you were his healthcare Agent, you could work with medical professionals to determine the type of care he receives, the doctors and care providers who treat him, and even where he lives while he recovers.

There are certain things POAs cannot do:

  • Change someone’s will
  • Make decisions after their death (unless, for example, the POA is also the executor of the will)
  • Change or transfer POA to someone else

Remember, it’s important for you to obtain such documents as well. All adults 18 and over need these documents to help ensure their wishes are carried out if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.  A terrific graduation present for those young adults in your life.

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