Knowledge Exchange

Perth Enrichment Program Learning Series

Start Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 to Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Perth Enrichment Program (PEP) is offering a four-week learning series for clients, families and friends on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 12 Elliot St., Perth. There is no cost to attend for PEP clients and family. Topics include: Diagnosis and What to Expect, Lifestyle and Retirement Living, Treatment Recommendations and Supportive Care, Caregiver Support and Advance Care Planning.

For those not associated with a PEP client a $50 payment is required for the series (a donation receipt will be provided). Register by February 28, 2017 by calling 613-201-7172. Register early as space is limited.<--break->

Speakers and Topics Include:

Tuesday March 7th - Diagnosis and What to Expect

Dr. Anil Kuchinad, MD and CCFP, Cognitive Care Clinic

Come and learn about Dr. Kuchinad’s Cognitive Care Clinic which is located at the Elliot Street Clinic. The Care Clinic follows Dr. Linda Lee’s mode.

The Clinic is a multidisciplinary approach for early diagnosis, treatment and support of problems associated with memory loss. Those who participate in the cognitive care clinic will learn what to expect after diagnosis and will be given a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to help the family doctor provide the best of care for the individual participating in the clinic. What a great opportunity to learn more about the Cognitive Care Clinic and see if this is a service you would like to participate in.

Tuesday March 14th - Lifestyle and Retirement Living

Lifestyle: Suzanne Rintoul, RPN

Our ability to maintain life-long healthy Brains is very much influenced by the choices we make in our daily lives. Research has found that next to aging, the most influential factors in determining one’s susceptibility to dementia are lifestyle and environmental factors.

Suzanne will provide us with healthy living tips:

  • Avoid harmful habits such as smoking, recreational drug use and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Track your health numbers: keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and blood sugar within recommended ranges. If you have diabetes, it is important to manage it. All of these conditions increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • See your doctor regularly to address specific health concerns including diet and physical activity.
  • Get adequate sleep – sleep deprivation can significantly impair your memory, mood and function.

Retirement Living: Paul Morris, Advisor, A Place for Mom

Tuesday March 21st - Treatment Recommendations and Supportive Care

Treatment Recommendations: Becky Ballamy, Pharmacist, Perth Downtown Pharmasave

Info to come.

Supportive Care: Robin Hull, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Info to come.

Tuesday March 28th - Caregiver Support and Advanced Care Planning

Caregiver Support

Mike McCleery, Counsellor, Kanata Psychology and Counselling Centre

Info to come.

Advanced Care Planning: Julia Miller, Research Coordinator, Geriatric Medicine Queen’s University

  • Will provide an overview of the Advance Care Planning process in Ontario
  • Explain how the role of the Substitute Decision Maker and a person’s ability to make informed personal care decisions fit into the process
  • Clarify the importance of Advance Care Planning
  • Talk about possible challenges in the process and ways to address them
  • Share helpful resources for participants and their families