Workshop Title: Advocating for the Healthcare You & Your Loved Ones Deserve
Workshop Description: Do you want to ensure that you and your family get the healthcare you need and want? Seniors healthcare needs can be multiple and complex. In this interactive workshop, you will learn some tips about planning for your appointments, communicating with your doctors and how to coordinate needed information between your healthcare providers. We’ll explore how to navigate the healthcare system and share some practical tools we can use to ensure that we are getting the healthcare we want and need.
Bio: Jonna Grad has an educational background in social services and started her career as a Direct Service Worker providing counseling support individually or in groups. She also took an intensive 6 month course to become a Medical Office & Laboratory Assistant and worked in several doctors’ offices which gave her an insider’s view of what happens in doctors’ offices but her biggest qualifier to share tips on getting the most out of the healthcare system was a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2016 when it became apparent that good communication and advocating for yourself could mean the difference between life and death. Jonna joined St Albert Seniors Association as its Executive Director in June 2018.
Finding Balance – Strategies to Prevent Falls
Workshop Description: Did you know that 1 in 3 Albertans over 65 and 1 in 2 Albertans over 80 will fall at least once a year? 95% of all hip fractures and 40% of all nursing home admissions are the direct result of falling. But falling shouldn’t be considered a normal part of aging. Join Alberta Health Services Nurses to learn strategies and activities that can reduce your chances of having a fall in this fun and informative interactive workshop.
Bio: Katrina and Laurie are registered nurses who work with Alberta Health Services’ Injury Prevention Program in Edmonton Zone. Katrina works out of Mill woods Public Health Centre and Laurie works out of the Rutherford Health Centre. Injury Prevention staff work to reduce injuries from vehicle collisions (child car seats, distracted/intoxicated driving), home-based injuries (falls, medication poisoning, safe sleep), and risky behavior (youth risk, concussions).
Critical Thinking About Ageism
Workshop Description: With the growing number of seniors in our Canadian population, the likelihood and risk of ageism – or discrimination based on being of ‘senior age’ increases. This presentation explores the current research into aging and allows participants an opportunity to apply critical thinking in exploring their own assumptions and those of society regarding aging.
Bio: As a member of the St. Albert community for the past 30 years, Dorothy embarked on her ‘2nd Career’ in 2017 through introducing her first course for seniors under her own company, Human Learning Architecture Inc. (HLA Inc.), at the St. Albert Library. Dorothy has a business background and with a passion for lifelong learning herself, she completed a Masters Degree in Adult Education in 2015 in preparation for her plans to “retire” and to develop courses designed to engage and empower seniors. Dorothy combines research as well as concepts from adult learning into her courses, ensuring that participants have the chance to apply new ideas or concepts during the session.
Alberta Health Services – Home Living
Arts and Heritage St. Albert
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Centre for Public Legal Education
City of St. Albert-Community Services
City of St. Albert Recreation and Parks
Mary Kay Skin Care
Memories Funeral Servies
Naoko Organize Me
Nurse Next Door
ReMax Professional- Don Cholak Realtor
Primary Care NetworkRCMP/Victim Services
Seniors Advocating for Seniors
Seniors United Now
St. Albert Bereavement Fellowship
St. Albert Community and Volunteer Centre
St. Albert Further Education
St. Albert Retirement Residence
St. Albert Transit
St. Albert Victim Services/ RCMP
Stop Abuse in Familiies
St Albert Hospice (SASHA)
St. Albert Public Library