Join Us on Thursday at Toronto Reference Library for Older Caregivers Cafes

toronto-reference-libraryYou are invited to join us on Thursday, September 29, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Toronto Reference Library for peer mingling, snacks and refreshments, educational presentations, entertainment, and activities.

Speakers & Topics

  1. 10:15 am – Caregiver Connection: Sharing – Listening – Learning From One Another
    Eleanor Silverberg, BA Psych, MSW, RSW
    Who has the time to connect with others while lost and lonely in a busy caregiving world? In this interactive presentation, you will gain insight into the benefits of making time by connecting and sharing with other family caregivers. You will also obtain tips on how to stay connected daily to avoid feelings of loneliness, distress and isolation.
  2. 11:00 am – Taking care of self, while caring for others, an interactive workshop to benefit caregivers
    Marlene George, Health and Wellness expert
    Marlene’s focus on wellness within applies to everyone who personally or professionally provides care for others. Drawing from her 9 Principles for Living a Joyous Life, Ms. George shares valuable information, strategies and tools for all those give care to maintain their health while tending to the needs of others.
  3. 12:30 pm – Frauds and Scams
    Jason Peddle, Vulnerable Persons Coordinator, Toronto Police Service
    Learn about some of the current frauds and scams against vulnerable often isolated people.  This interactive workshops will draw on real life examples and statistics to help you and your loved ones be more prepared and able to deal with predators of your assets.
  4. 1:15 pm – Caregiver Survival Tips and Tricks
    Mary Bart, Chair of Caregiving Matters
    Mary will share some of her tips and tricks of being a family caregiver.  Included in her presentation, she will cover topics such as “Caregiver Balance”, respecting the wishes of the person who are caring for and dealing with guilt.  Mary is an enthusiastic speaker who speaks from the heart.  She was her parents’ principal caregiver for 10 years.  Her Mother had Alzheimer’s and her Father had cancer.  She brings, humour, practical real life stories and suggestions.
  5. 2:25 pm – Understanding Musical Support
    Jill Kulchar, Musician
    Music can help the caregiver restore, rejuvenate and relax. Music can also be used to help support care for others by supporting speech, emotion, fine motor skills and communication.  Music is life and life is music!
  6. 3:00 pm – Care for the Caregivers: Relieving Tension – Finding Balance – Staying Socially Engaged
    Eleanor Silverberg, BA Psych, MSW, RSW
    Tension relief is not a luxury for caregivers. It is a necessity. In this interactive presentation, you will gain increased self-awareness to decrease your tension. You will obtain insight into calming strategies that will provide you with more balance, relief, pleasure and social engagement.

Click here for more information on the Older Caregivers Cafes series.

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  1. I am the daughter in law of an elder person who needs care. There are complicated family dynamics and discomforts. I want to attend this cafe/workshop to orient myself to caring. I am not presently responsible as MIL is hospitalized.

    1. Older Caregiver Cafes is the perfect environment for you to acquaint yourself with issues that affect family caregivers, and ask questions in a friendly environment. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Wendy.