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May 9 & 10, 2009

10:00am—5:00pm
Exhibition Park, Halifax

Free Admission! www.atlanticcaregiver.com

Main Stage Presentations arranged by Caregivers Nova Scotia Association

Saturday, May 9 The Medication Review Program __________________________


10:30 am to 11:15 am (MRP) is a joint project of the Saturday, May 9
Who is Taking Care?: Accessing Nova Scotia Department of 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Primary Health Care and Support Health and the Pharmacy Nova Scotia Pharmacare
for Dementia Caregivers Association of Nova Scotia. Programs
By Deborah Kiceniuk, PhD Michelle is the Program Manager. By Ann Foran, Director Nova
She will describe the program, Scotia Medavie Blue Cross
The main objective of the who can qualify, the purpose of a
Transdisciplinary Primary Care review and how to schedule a Did you know that the Nova
for Caregivers Project is to review. Scotia government has two
generate knowledge about issues __________________________ programs that help with the cost
concerning primary health care Saturday, May 9 of medications? The Seniors
and support for caregivers of 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm Pharmacare program and its
individuals affected by Alzheimer Research Study: Involuntary Re- newer cousin, Family Phar-
Disease and related dementias. tirement due to Caregiving macare, will be described in this
This talk will provide a summary Responsibilities informative presentation. Learn
of the project’s progress to date By Aine Humble, PhD how to determine which program
highlighting some of the key is right for you if you are a
preliminary findings from the Ed note: details were unavailable senior. If you are not a senior,
family caregiver perspective. at press time. Please go to learn if you should apply for
The discussion will then turn to www.caregiversns.org for more Family Pharmacare.
an overview of the information in early May. __________________________
services that caregivers are __________________________ Saturday, May 9
currently accessing in primary Saturday, May 9 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
and community care and the 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Adult Day Programs
barriers they perceive or have Registered Disability Savings Plan By Thia Rutledge, Supervisor
experienced in accessing this By Michelle Morgan-Coole, A Adult Day Program, Oakwood
care. This study has been jointly Primer on Special Needs and the Terrace
funded by the Alzheimer Society Law
of Canada and the Canadian Thia is an executive member
Nurses Foundation. The RDSP is a new long term of the newly formed Adult Day
__________________________ savings program for people with Program Association of Nova
Saturday, May 9 disabilities. Michelle is a non- Scotia. In this presentation she
11:30 am to 12:15 pm practicing lawyer and parent to will describe the different types of
Medication Review Program two children with special needs Adult Day Programs and
By Michele Lycett BSc. Pharm; who will share her hands-on who can benefit. She will also ex-
Certified Diabetes Educator experience with setting up a plain the services available
Pharmacist/Owner, Bridgetown Registered Disability Savings in HRM and the rest of
Pharmasave Plan. Nova Scotia.

Did you know that you might Michelle blogs at


qualify for a free review of your www.specialneeds-
medications by a pharmacist? ns.blogspot.com
Caregiver Expo Main Stage Presentations (page 2)
_________________________ Canadian Centre for Activity and
Sunday, May 10 Aging, has shown how simple
_________________________ 12:30pm to 1:15pm exercises at home can improve
Sunday, May 10 Continuing Care 101 seniors' strength and balance,
10:30 am to 11:15 am By Alyson Currie, Caregiver thereby reducing the risk of fal-
Demystifying Mental Health Support Coordinator ling.
Services and Supports _________________________
By Stephen Ayer, Executive This workshop is designed to Sunday, May 10
Director, Schizophrenia Society help you navigate the Continu- 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm
of Nova Scotia ing Care system in Nova Scotia. Care for the Caregiver
Topics will include: What the By Alyson Currie, Caregiver
Families, friends, and other continuing care system is . How Support Coordinator
supporters of individuals to access services and when
diagnosed with a mental illness accessing them may be neces- This workshop is designed to
can quickly become over- sary. What types of in-home help you, the caregiver, look
whelmed by the complexity of services are available. How the after yourself. Topics Will
mental health services and long term care placement proc- include: Information on the
supports in Nova Scotia. Diffi- ess works and what to expect impact of caregiving on you
cult situations can arise when when applying for long term and your life, both positive
an individual, commonly care. and negative. Ways to help
a young adult, starts to exhibit _________________________ alleviate some of the negative
signs and symptoms of psycho- Sunday, May 10 impacts of caregiving. Tips to
sis and supporters of these 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm help you through the difficult
individuals often do not know "Staying Independent Through times and times of crisis.
where to turn for help. Addition- Falls Prevention" Information on resources
ally, the mental health system by Hilda Gmyz, member of the available to assist you in your
is only now recognizing the HRM Preventing Falls Together coping and caregiving activities.
importance of families as Coalition _________________________
partners in mental health care. Sunday, May 10
This presentation will address Hilda will speak about the 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
how to best access mental practical ways that seniors and The Basics of Estate Planning
health services and supports in family members can reduce the By Sanaz Gerami, LL.B. &
Nova Scotia, not only for your risk of falling. After a brief in- Sharon Reashore, LL.B.
loved one, but for yourself. troduction to the issue of falls
_________________________ among seniors, Hilda will offer This workshop provides a
Sunday, May 10 some tips and suggestions general overview of Wills,
11:30 am to 12:15 pm about how we can reduce the Powers of Attorney and Health
The ABC’s of Long-term Care risk of falling by simple changes Care Directives (“Living Wills”).
Insurance in our personal habits and home We will discuss why it is impor-
By Anne Sullivan, Desjardins surroundings. From her experi- tant to have these in place
Financial Security ence as Community Health sooner than later and give tips
The purpose of long-term care Equipment Loan Coordinator for talking to your care recipient
insurance is to help pay the cost with the Canadian Red Cross, about estate planning and who
of care either in a nursing home Hilda will touch on the impor- to go to for help.
or at home. It can give families tance of using assistive devices
options when choosing the type like canes and walkers in the Go to
of care and where it will be prevention of falls. Hilda will www.CaregiversNS.org
provided. Anne is a nurse who end the session with a demon-
stration of some simple
for Expo information or
uses her healthcare background call 421-7390 or 1-877-
to explain the ABC’s of long- exercises from the Home
term care insurance. Support Exercise Program. This 488-7390.
program, developed by the