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October/November Dementia Education

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We are highlighting the October/November Dementia Education from the First Link Bulletin. All these workshops are being held at the North Shore Resource Centre, 212-1200 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver.

Getting To Know Dementia – Thursday, October 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This introductory session reviews information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the challenges of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, and how to begin planning for the future. People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members are all invited to attend.

Coping with Guilt – Tuesday, October 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

· Situations that may trigger guilt

· General tips for coping with guilt

Family Caregiver Series on Saturdays – October 24 – November 14, 9:30 a.m. – noon

An education series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia. The Family Caregiver Series covers the following topics:
Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
Effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia
Problem solving for responsive behaviors
Personal planning and navigating the health care system
Self-care for Caregivers

Loss and Grief along the Dementia Journey – Thursday, November 12, 10 a.m. – noon

Grief is a companion to Alzheimer’s disease at all phases, not just death.
Change = Loss = Grief Response
How do you experience and express your grief?
Working with your grief, share and learn ‘griefwork’ possibilities with other caregivers

For more information or to register contact Kerri at 604-984-8348 or

*Space is limited, reserve your spot soon!*

Kerri Sutherland
Support & Education Coordinator
North Shore/Sunshine Coast
212-1200 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, B.C. V7J 2A2
Phone: 604-984-8348
Fax: 604-984-8346
Twitter: @AlzheimerBC | Facebook: AlzheimerBC
Charitable Registration Number: 11878 4891 RR0001

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Caring Circle Offering Education Sessions on Anxiety and Depression

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We’ve had a glorious sunny summer and fall. For many of us, that means having fun with family and friends. For some of us, however, witnessing all that connectedness makes us feel even more alone.

Depression can come over you and take you down, especially at times when many others seem to be thriving. When you feel low, you may tend to stop doing things. You may stop going out and avoid seeing friends. As a result, you may feel even worse, and then feel like doing even less. It can turn into a downward spiral. Similarly, anxiety can disable you from doing what you really want to do, building upon itself, reducing your ability to get out and BE yourself.

If these scenarios sound familiar, consider getting help right here on Bowen. For the fourth time, in response to Bowen Islanders’ requests, the Caring Circle is offering a skills group for adults experiencing depression and anxiety. This group is also suitable for those who are simply having trouble managing their stress and for those who have a history of depression and anxiety and want to prevent recurrences. Those who have completed the group series before have identified that the group experience was highly healing and helpful—although naturally a bit nerve-wracking on the first day! The facilitators will welcome you and help you feel comfortable in taking that first step.

We are offering a six-week group program facilitated by Maureen Mackey (Psychiatric Nursing Instructor) and Dr. Carolyn Nesbitt (Registered Psychologist). The six skills-building sessions have been designed for those personally experiencing depression or anxiety. The Wednesday evening sessions will be free of charge and start October 14th, continuing until November 18th.

Confidentiality was identified as a critical issue here on Bowen in our mental health survey done last year. Caring Circle and the facilitators involved are committed to respecting the privacy and anonymity of all who call in and who attend the meetings. Rivendell has generously offered space for our education sessions, which offers us a very private gathering space.

If you are interested in joining us, please call Caring Circle by October 12th at 604-947-9100 and ask to speak to Colleen O’Neil to find out whether this would be a good fit for you. This program is starting in a week and may fill up quickly. Registration is limited to 8 people.

Dr. Carolyn Nesbitt is in private psychological practice here on Bowen and “Docs on the Bay’. Maureen Mackey RPN, RN, BSN, MEd(DE) is a Psychiatric Nursing Instructor at Douglas College.

New Year’s Resolutions from the Couch

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Here we are, New Year’s Eve, and many of us find ourselves contemplating our New Year’s resolutions. It’s a good time to take stock of where we have been and where we want to go. Tonight we indulge in the last sugar/alcohol/cigarettes of 2014 while making plans to head out to the gym tomorrow after the Polar Bear Swim. We may be setting goals for being more organized, spending time with friends and family or learning to play the guitar. Teens and university students may be deciding to study differently, while others are setting concrete financial goals.

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Blue Skies Turning Grey

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blue skies with clouds

Caring Circle has a solution…

Early this morning, the trees on Dorman Point were hidden by a thick fog. The chill crept over the deck from the grey-green water, the clouds rolled in and the rains came down. Now what we hear is the constant droning pitter-patter on the roof. We are settling in for the rainy season – not big exciting thunderstorms with lightning, just a never-ending drizzle. The fall is upon us.
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Robust Response to Mental Health Survey

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mental health imageThe Undercurrent – May 9, 2014
The Caring Circle is pleased to report that there was such a robust response to our mental health survey. We would like to thank those who attended the Forum and also thank those who filled out the survey.
Based on the answers to the survey, we have decided to begin our outreach with four education and skills building sessions, offered once weekly, starting the week of May 26th. They will be facilitated by one or more of the professionals who spoke at the introductory meeting. The sessions will be free of charge.
They are intended for those personally struggling with mental health issues and/or their friends and families. Perhaps you might just want to learn more about issues like anxiety and depression in order to better reach out to support a friend or family member.
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Strengthening Families Together

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mental healthAs the coordinator of Caring Circle and working in the resource centre, I’m starting to receive so much interesting information with regard to health and social support services that are available to us both on Island and in the Vancouver area. I’m trying to figure out what might be the best way to disseminate what I think might be some of the most interesting program information that comes my way. So I have posters in the windows and around the new Caring Circle office (Blue Cottage behind the library) but I thought I would also post on the Forum and perhaps in the undercurrent. So this FREE program focused on mental health looked like it might be of interest to many Islanders. Check out the course outline.

Strengthening Families Together
Helping Canadians Live with Mental Illness

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES TOGETHER is a FREE 9-session program providing information, skill-building, and support for those who have a relative or friend with a serious mental illness.

Learn about mental illness, treatment, support, and recovery
Learn how to cope and support your family member with mental illness
Learn problem solving, communication, and self-care skills
Learn about the mental health system of care
Visit for a detailed program outline. []


Mondays at 6:45pm starting Oct 7th
in Vancouver (W16th & Burrard)

Seats are limited. Pre-registration is required. For more info or to register please call: 604-727-5997 or


Colleen O’Neil