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May 9 & 10, 2009


Exhibition Park, Halifax

Free Admission!

Park, Halifax F r e e A d m i s s i o n !

Main Stage Presentations arranged by Caregivers Nova Scotia Association

Saturday, May 9 10:30 am to 11:15 am Who is Taking Care?: Accessing Primary Health Care and Support for Dementia Caregivers By Deborah Kiceniuk, PhD

The main objective of the Transdisciplinary Primary Care for Caregivers Project is to generate knowledge about issues concerning primary health care and support for caregivers of individuals affected by Alzheimer Disease and related dementias. This talk will provide a summary of the project’s progress to date highlighting some of the key preliminary findings from the family caregiver perspective. The discussion will then turn to an overview of the services that caregivers are currently accessing in primary and community care and the barriers they perceive or have experienced in accessing this care. This study has been jointly funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Nurses Foundation.

Saturday, May 9 11:30 am to 12:15 pm Medication Review Program By Michele Lycett BSc. Pharm; Certified Diabetes Educator Pharmacist/Owner, Bridgetown Pharmasave

Did you know that you might qualify for a free review of your medications by a pharmacist?

The Medication Review Program (MRP) is a joint project of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia. Michelle is the Program Manager. She will describe the program, who can qualify, the purpose of a review and how to schedule a review.

Saturday, May 9 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm Research Study: Involuntary Re- tirement due to Caregiving Responsibilities By Aine Humble, PhD

Ed note: details were unavailable at press time. Please go to for more information in early May.

Saturday, May 9 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm Registered Disability Savings Plan By Michelle Morgan-Coole, A Primer on Special Needs and the Law

The RDSP is a new long term savings program for people with disabilities. Michelle is a non- practicing lawyer and parent to two children with special needs who will share her hands-on experience with setting up a Registered Disability Savings Plan.

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Saturday, May 9 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm Nova Scotia Pharmacare Programs By Ann Foran, Director Nova Scotia Medavie Blue Cross

Did you know that the Nova Scotia government has two programs that help with the cost of medications? The Seniors Pharmacare program and its newer cousin, Family Phar- macare, will be described in this informative presentation. Learn how to determine which program is right for you if you are a senior. If you are not a senior, learn if you should apply for Family Pharmacare.

Saturday, May 9 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm Adult Day Programs By Thia Rutledge, Supervisor Adult Day Program, Oakwood Terrace

Thia is an executive member of the newly formed Adult Day Program Association of Nova Scotia. In this presentation she will describe the different types of Adult Day Programs and who can benefit. She will also ex- plain the services available in HRM and the rest of Nova Scotia.

Adult Day Programs and who can benefit. She will also ex- plain the services available in

Caregiver Expo Main Stage Presentations (page 2)

Sunday, May 10 10:30 am to 11:15 am Demystifying Mental Health Services and Supports By Stephen Ayer, Executive Director, Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia

Families, friends, and other supporters of individuals diagnosed with a mental illness can quickly become over- whelmed by the complexity of mental health services and supports in Nova Scotia. Diffi- cult situations can arise when an individual, commonly a young adult, starts to exhibit signs and symptoms of psycho- sis and supporters of these individuals often do not know where to turn for help. Addition- ally, the mental health system is only now recognizing the importance of families as partners in mental health care. This presentation will address how to best access mental health services and supports in Nova Scotia, not only for your loved one, but for yourself.

Sunday, May 10 11:30 am to 12:15 pm The ABC’s of Long-term Care Insurance By Anne Sullivan, Desjardins Financial Security The purpose of long-term care insurance is to help pay the cost of care either in a nursing home or at home. It can give families options when choosing the type of care and where it will be provided. Anne is a nurse who uses her healthcare background to explain the ABC’s of long- term care insurance.

Sunday, May 10 12:30pm to 1:15pm Continuing Care 101 By Alyson Currie, Caregiver Support Coordinator

This workshop is designed to help you navigate the Continu- ing Care system in Nova Scotia. Topics will include: What the continuing care system is . How to access services and when accessing them may be neces- sary. What types of in-home services are available. How the long term care placement proc- ess works and what to expect when applying for long term care.

Sunday, May 10 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm "Staying Independent Through Falls Prevention" by Hilda Gmyz, member of the HRM Preventing Falls Together Coalition

Hilda will speak about the practical ways that seniors and family members can reduce the risk of falling. After a brief in- troduction to the issue of falls among seniors, Hilda will offer some tips and suggestions about how we can reduce the risk of falling by simple changes in our personal habits and home surroundings. From her experi- ence as Community Health Equipment Loan Coordinator with the Canadian Red Cross, Hilda will touch on the impor- tance of using assistive devices like canes and walkers in the prevention of falls. Hilda will end the session with a demon- stration of some simple exercises from the Home Support Exercise Program. This program, developed by the

Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, has shown how simple exercises at home can improve seniors' strength and balance, thereby reducing the risk of fal- ling.

Sunday, May 10 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm Care for the Caregiver By Alyson Currie, Caregiver Support Coordinator

This workshop is designed to help you, the caregiver, look after yourself. Topics Will include: Information on the impact of caregiving on you and your life, both positive and negative. Ways to help alleviate some of the negative impacts of caregiving. Tips to help you through the difficult times and times of crisis. Information on resources available to assist you in your coping and caregiving activities.

Sunday, May 10 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm The Basics of Estate Planning By Sanaz Gerami, LL.B. & Sharon Reashore, LL.B.

This workshop provides a general overview of Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives (“Living Wills”). We will discuss why it is impor- tant to have these in place sooner than later and give tips for talking to your care recipient about estate planning and who to go to for help.

Go to for Expo information or call 421-7390 or 1-877-


and who to go to for help. Go to for Expo information or call 421-7390