Emptying out the inbox!

Quite often when I come across interesting or relevant information, I email it to myself, thinking, ‘I’ll add that to the blog later’…  But when it comes time to add a new post or information, I often struggle with organization and maintaining fresh, up to date, dynamic content.  Any bloggers out there who want to offer some friendly advice, I’m all ears!

So today, I’m going to post a LONG one in an attempt to clean out my inbox!

Education & Professional Development:

1) 18th Annual Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference
When: Wednesday, May 9, 0800 – 1615
Where: Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary, AB

2) Preventing Dementia MOOC (online course) – Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments.
Starting May 2018; Enroll now!

3) 2018 Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association Roadshow – “A Mindful Finale: Spirituality and Ritual at End-of-Life” is a hands-on, full-day workshop that will help you foster moments of gratitude and joy during a challenging phase of life. How can spirituality help? You will fill your toolbox with practical rituals to help navigate complicated paths. Caregivers, family members, community volunteers, and healthcare professionals are all welcome.

Fairview – May 11, 2018
Lethbridge – May 15, 2018
Strathmore – June 6, 2018
Athabasca – June 12, 2018

4) Future Learn – Learn new skills, pursue your interests, advance your career; all online!


1) Mindful Music Program – The Mindful Music program is designed to provide personalized music intervention to stimulate the person with dementia’s memory, provide meaningful engagement through auditory stimulation, and support self-expression and identity. The playlist is designed based on the client’s current and past musical interests with the input of not only the client but caregivers and care partners as well.

2) With support from Cineplex Entertainment and a group of national disability organizations, Easter Seals Canada’s award-winning Access 2 card program helps ensure entertainment, cultural and recreational opportunities are more available to all. With the support of all our proud partner venues and fantastic cardholders, Access 2 has emerged as a national leader in helping create opportunities for individuals with disabilities and raising awareness about the importance of accessible venues.  Download the application form here.

3) Douglas College TR Resources – Professional organizations, support services, disability resources, health and wellness, alternative/integrative medicine, older adults, and medical references.

4) Music for Fitness with older adults.  I’ve been trying to source out music for fitness groups with older adults; I’ve compiled a short list at this point and thought that I would share it.

Silver Sneakers Spotify, Music for Fitness Classes (Playlist), Golden Carers (Playlist), Alzheimer’s PlaylistRachel Rambach – Music TherapyMusic for DementiaSing Along with SeniorsMovement for Seniors, and Silver Sneakers Fitness Music.

5) Quality Palliative Care in Long-Term Care – Tools and resources for organizational change.  And absolutely wonderful resource!

6) Resources & Supplies for Recreation Therapy Services – A nice resource list put together by the Calgary Zone of AHS.

7) brainXchange – The brainXchange is a network of people dedicated to improving quality of life and supports for persons with or at risk of having brain-health needs related to dementia, mental health and neurological conditions related to aging or have experienced brain health changes earlier in life that are now more complex with aging.

8) Physical Activity Guides:

The Rural Route to Active Aging: A Guide for People Who Want to Stay Active as They Age
Preventing Falls Through Physical Activity: A Guide for People Working with Older Adults

9) Interactive Learning Notebooks – This would be incredible to do with clients on various topics.


1) reCreation TR wear!

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