Southwood Meeting Notes July 2/13

The new Day Program for Early OnSet Alz/Dementia had an open house today.  A pilot 3 year program has been approved.  Access is through Home Care, Alberta Health Services (Calgary).  Reportedly a great facility with lots of opportunity for activity.  Full gym  with equipment for various sports plus gamesroom with foozeball, shuffleboard, pool table.  Staffing level is 3/1.  They will take 15 clients. 

Edmonton Early Onset group is working on organizing a provincial conference for September.  More details to come.

Open discussion - family.  Level of support is often very disappointing.  Even family can be very cruel in their attitude but most of all they don't know how to provide support.  Also, how to deal with well-intentioned strangers.  People who know of the situation offer to help but caregiver does not know them.  No comfort having complete strangers to the house or taking our partners out. 

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