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Fall 2011

Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County Newslette r


Edition 27


To alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Role Statement: The role of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County is to collaborate with all levels of the organization and our local community in order to foster excellence in services, education and research.

Vision Statement: A world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County Board Members BENNETT , Ms. Sally (CEO) BIALES, Ms. Helen (Director) Retiree, Principal with the Windsor Separate School Board

BOYES, Mr. Paul (Treasurer) Retiree, Chartered Accountant

Two indoor walks to choose WINDSOR Devonshire Mall 3100 Howard Ave Saturday, Jan. 28th, 2012 LEAMINGTON Leamington Recreation Complex 249 Sherk St. Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2012 Register by calling (519) 974-2220 or online at:

FIELDS, Dr. Mitch (Director) Professor, University of Windsor

FORTIER, Ms. Katha (Director) Director of Health Care CAW National

FRANKLYN, Dr. Gaston (Vice Chair) Retiree, St. Clair College VP, Academic

KANIA, Mr. Chandrakant (Director)

Capital Campaign Update

President, South Asian Centre

LEWIS, Mrs. Pat (Director) City of Windsor, Communications Coordinator MACKENDRICK, Rev. Catherine (Secretary) Instructor, University of Windsor PRONGER, Mr. Ron (Chair) Retiree, Essex County School Board, CEO

RENAUD, Mr. Bob (Past Chair) Retiree, Chrysler Canada and former Executive in Residence, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor

SLATER, Mr. Rob (Director) Public Works Department, City of Windsor

SOULLIERE, Mr. Pat President, Soulliere Financial Group

$1.1 million $ 950,000 $ 800,000 $ 650,000 $ 500,000 $ 350,000

As of June 1st, 2011 the Capital Campaign Cabinet has raised $1,071,000 which is 97% of the $1.1 million goal. The funds raised will pay off the mortgage and renovation costs and the funds saved will be invested in local programs and services for the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County.

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Message from the Board Chair and CEO We continue to be honoured to serve our community as Board Chair and CEO for the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County. As The Rising Tide report from Alzheimer Society of Canada noted in early 2010 the number of persons with dementia is projected to double in the next 25 years – indeed it is a challenging time to serve our community in this regard and we remain optimistic that one day a cure will be found. To meet this Rising Tide we continue to expand and enhance our program and services for our community. We are now in receipt of additional program funding for care services from our funder the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network. We are working to expand and enhance our existing In-Home Respite programs with these funds. These services support aging-at-home and aging-in-place for those that we so lovingly serve. On behalf of the Board of Directors, volunteers, staff and our clients please accept our very best Ron Pronger Board Chair Board of Directors

Sally Bennett CEO ASWE

The In-Home Respite program continues to be available to families in need in 4 hour blocks, 24 hours/ day 7 days a week, excluding statutory holidays. If you are in need of respite care in blocks of time, more or less than 4 hours at a time, please call the Society for more information. Considerations for Dining over the Holidays As the holidays draw near, family gatherings will become more frequent and food is often at the center of these celebrations. Eating should be a comfortable and enjoyable experience, but for a person with swallowing difficulties (or dysphagia), meal times can become hazardous. Swallowing difficulties can affect many older adults, including those with dementia. The following are some facts about dysphagia for you to consider during meal times. What is dysphagia and who does it affect? Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. It affects many older adults and those with neurological impairments such as dementia. What are the signs and symptoms? · Wet sounding voice after eating · Drooling · Coughing or choking before, during or after swallowing · Lump in throat · Unintentional weight loss What are the risks? Dysphagia can result in aspiration pneumonia and malnutrition.

Program—Client & Volunteer Programs Welcome new Client Support Staff Team Members Mary Biggs Shelby Manuel Desiree Williams

Doris Labelle Sterling Laliberte Sara Pellarin Sarah Prpich

Day Away / In- Home Respite Programs The Holiday season is upon us, and both the clients and the staff team are getting prepared for reminiscent holiday performances, numerous special visits, and therapeutic activities. Engaging music and storytelling performances facilitated by Learning through the Arts artists will be integrated into the holiday and winter programming. We truly hope that a good time will be had by all!

What can you do? If you suspect there is difficulty swallowing, contact your family physician or CCAC case manager as a swallow study could be conducted. Source: Dementia and Dysphagia by Caryn E. Easterling PhD, CCC, BRS-S & Elizabeth Robbins, MA, 2008. Finally, our Annual Client & Family Holiday Party is on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 2pm – 4pm. We hope to see you there! For more information on the Holiday Party please call the Day Away team at (519) 974-2220 ext. 227.

Nadine Manroe, B.A., R.P.N. Manager of Client & Volunteer Programs 519-974-2220 ext 229.

Volunteer Programs An army of support, in the Town of Amherstburg.

Volunteers made the difference this year at the World Alzheimer Day Run, on September 25th. An outstanding group of 150 volunteers ensured that all 634 runners were safe running through the streets of Amherstburg, had all the water they needed, food to eat, and enjoyed themselves while supporting the Alzheimer Society. Thank you volunteers, runners, and committee members who worked so hard to make this event a success. Welcome NEW volunteers. We are ever so grateful for new volunteers, who wish to share their extra time with us. Thank you. Ahmed Alamelhuda, Teresa Alder, Sarah Almasalkhi, Mary Barrette, Doris Bellemore Sultan Bulto, Elaine Byng, Virginia Chandler, Jashanjit Cheema, Dilara Gegun, Molly Higgon, Taylor Lockbaum, Andrew Lockbaum, Micaela Nimmo, Natasha Obradovich, Samantha Parent, Mable Rivait, Kathy Ryckman, Linda Snively, Peter Stroud, Kelly Tofflemire, Kevin Tran, Rosario Velasquez,

Fall Students Lending a Hand. Allison Chandler, VIP Program - University of Windsor, John Findlater, Bachelor of Social Work University of Windsor , Ahmed Najdat, VIP Program - University of Windsor & Krista Wright, Bachelor of Science in Nursing—University of Windsor.

Education and Support Programs Considerations for the Holidays for Families of Persons with Dementia The holidays can be a stressful time for all of us. When a family member or friend has dementia, that stress can be compounded – for both the person with dementia and their partners in care. Here are some suggestions for making your holiday visits more enjoyable and meaningful. 

Take your time – synchronize your pace to that of your family member with dementia. The holiday season is about enjoying quality time with family and excessive entertaining activities can be overwhelming.

Plan one activity at a time – multitasking can lead to frustration for family partners in care and persons with dementia.

Understand if your family member doesn’t seem to appreciate the efforts of preparing an elaborate dinner – they may be happy to just be in your company and get anxious with all of the activity and fuss involved in meal preparation. On the other hand, they might really enjoy helping with the preparations for the holiday meal.

Consider the noise level and multiple distractions that can impact upon a person with dementia when large groups of family or friends are gathered together and do not be offended if your family member wants to go home immediately after eating dinner.

Be considerate of the words “do you remember” – do not pressure a person to reminisce and remember specifics if the memories do not easily come. Perhaps reflections can be based on “I remember when we used to go to…” or “How I enjoyed that holiday when we….”

Sharing photo albums of previous holiday celebrations can assist with a relaxing form of reminiscence.

Allow for a quiet space for a family member with dementia to relax – they may need a brief time to rejuvenate to continue with the activities of the season.

Set priorities and a routine for the holidays in advance. Decide what is most important for you and your family member with dementia and focus on those priorities.

Include the person with dementia in decision making and priority setting around the holiday plans and listen, really listen, to their preferences and hopes for the holidays.

Have fun!

New Support Groups: We will be offering a Men’s Cooking Class and an Early Stage Support Group in the near future. If you are interested in, or would like more information about either of these groups, please contact either Kristen at ext 245 or Lori at ext 230. January is Alzheimer Awareness Month – watch for more information about this in the New Year. Rosemary Fiss, M.Ed. B.A. Sc Manager of Education and Support Programs. 519-974-2220 ext 229. Featured Employee Client Support Staff memberHedy Zettl, has been providing support to the clients in the Day Away and In- Home Respite programs since 2004. Hedy has a passion for education, and this is evident in her capacity to provide exceptional care. In addition her knowledge of chronic health issues and experience enables her to mentor new team members, and broaden their skills. Hedy‘s friendly disposition, and years of practice has and continues to enhance the services the organization provides. Thank you Hedy for your ongoing dedication to the clients we serve!

Fund Development BINGO BINGO BINGO! A great way to help raise funds for the Society and maybe win some extra spending money for yourself! Come enjoy the fun at Classic Bingo IV, 1385 Walker Road

I T’ S NE VE R B E E N E A S I E R TO S AVE $ $ $

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011 10am to 12pm 12pm to 2pm 2pm to 4pm Sun, Feb 19th, 2012 10pm-12am Mon, Feb 20th, 2012 12am to 2am Tues. March 20th, 2012 4pm-6pm 6pm-8pm 8pm-10pm NEW EVENT COMMITTEE A new volunteer event committee is being formed to help with the increased number of events. We will be meeting every second Wednesday of the month at our Richmond Street home. There are two meeting times you can choose from, 5:30pm or 6:30pm Bring a friend. Contact me if you are interested in helping out with one or all events. SAVE THE DATES Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Walk For Memories—Devonshire Mall Saturday, February 4th, 2012 Walk for Memories—Leamington Recreation Centre Saturday, March 24th, 2012 Mardi Gras Party—Ciociaro Club FOLLOW US ON Twitter @ ASWE_Care and we are on Facebook as Alzheimer Windsor Essex County Maurizio Tiberia Development Officer (519) 974-2220 ext 225

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