We would like to thank our nominator, Heather Trelevan, facilitator of the Seniors Network, for bringing our Seniors Activity Group Eh! (SAGE) to the attention of the Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (MACAI). The MACAI graciously recognized us for the inclusive nature of our programming. Our seniors are great at including all visitors to the Centre in their gatherings and especially folks who might have a personal connection to the issues of dementia and caregiving. They have a lot of collective wisdom to share and never hesitate to embrace new people. And they also share their snacks! You can learn more about SAGE and MACAI by following the links.
The following is an excerpt from an Alzheimer Society of B.C. newsletter.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is dedicated to helping people with dementia
During B.C. Seniors' Week, June 2 – 8, 2019, we celebrate the contributions seniors have made to communities around B.C. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers opportunities to get involved in your community and support other people affected by dementia. To access information about volunteering, fundraising, advocating and donating, click here.
Here are the education workshops, webinars and support groups taking place in the North Fraser this month.
Shaping the journey: Living with dementia | Explore the dementia journey in a supportive environment with others going through similar experiences. Learn about the brain and dementia, strategies for coping with changes, maximizing quality of life and planning for the future.
Coquitlam: Five Wednesdays, June 4 – July 2, from 1 – 3 p.m.
Glen Pine Pavillion, 1200 Glen Pine Court
Sessions are free to attend; donations appreciated. Pre-registration is required and programs with low registration will be cancelled. To register, call 604-298-0780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travelling with a person living with dementia | This facilitated discussion will discuss the challenges and safety concerns that may present when travelling with a person who is living with dementia. Learn strategies to help your trip go more smoothly.
Wednesday, June 12, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. (choose the time most convenient for you)
Sessions are free and no registration necessary.
How to connect:
We will soon be changing our webinar platform. Visit alzbc.org/tele-workshops for up-to-date information about connecting. For more information, email email@example.com.
If you are affected by dementia, you are not alone. There are others to share the journey with you. We offer support groups for care partners and for people living with early-stage dementia. Learn, laugh and help others through mutual understanding. Contact us to find a support group in your community or see the First Link® Bulletin to see the support groups in your community.
The First Link® Team
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Fraser Resource Centre
201 – 15127 100th Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3R 0N9
Main office: 604-449-5000
Twitter: @AlzheimerBC | Facebook: AlzheimerBC
Charitable Registration Number: 11878 4891 RR0001
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
300-828 W. 8th Avenue,
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1E2
Charitable registration number:
11878 4891 RR0001Phone: 604-681-6530
Alzheimer Society of B.C. © 2019 All rights reserved.
The CEED Centre Society is launching the Velorganix youth eco-employment program, which will use the great cargo e-trike pictured here for a few different services. We are asking for your ideas on what those might be and how you'd like them to operate.
The cargo e-trike will be pedaled by youth, who are assisted by a 500W electric motor. It can carry up to 315 kg of people and cargo. The youth will be learning essential work skills.
We think that seniors living in the downtown area without access to automobiles might like to be transported to local shopping sites or to have their groceries delivered. The seat flips up to store grocery bags. Would you use a service like this and what would you expect it to look like?
If you operate a local business or work in an office setting, would you like us to pick up your organic waste and compost it? You can help with climate change mitigation and adaptation by using our cargo e-trike and youth services to substitute for tasks and transport for which you previously used a fossil fuel vehicle. Give us a call or drop us a line with your ideas.
Teesha passed away at the age of 27 in February 2019 in the course of providing aid to local homeless youth subject to domestic human trafficking. She dedicated her life to helping youth, like her, who experience trauma in its various forms.
Her living goal was to become the youth worker that she never experienced and to provide a safe place for trafficked youth to live. Over the course of her short life, she stayed at virtually every youth shelter in the Lower Mainland and found them inadequate because they only shelter at night, their locations are disclosed publicly and known to exploiters, and youth are discharged to homelessness after 7 days unless they have a way to pay.
Teesha worked tirelessly to educate service providers about youth-friendly mental health approaches and appropriate help for youth under active exploitation.
She knew that only a youth safe house--in an undisclosed location (to the general public), with no barriers to access (no eligibility criteria beyond age: 13-24), and the ability to keep the youth safe 24/7 for extended periods of time--would be sufficient to provide safety for youth under active exploitation.
Now that Teesha can no longer advocate for homeless youth, which exist in alarming numbers in the Lower Mainland despite a ministry offering barrier-ed services, it is up to each citizen to take up her legacy and advocate for the creation of a youth safe house system for BC that works.
A number of people that knew Teesha are raising funds to help support a future youth safe house. The funds will be dedicated to providing amenities for youth while they reside in the safe house long enough to emerge from survival mode and are ready for secondary supportive housing.
On May 11, 2019, Carol Waters will be hosting a donation-based Afternoon of Healing at the CEED Centre Neighbourhood House if you are interested.
Tweets from Executive Director Christian Cowley