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Free Upcoming Events for Individuals with Advanced Cancer and their Caregivers

Posted August 21st, 2017

Several free support events are available within Calgary for those who are living with advanced cancer or who are caring for someone with advancing disease.

The Department of Psychosocial Oncology offers a monthly support group for caregivers of those with advanced cancer.  Support groups provide a regular opportunity to address the complicated issues of caring for and about someone with advanced cancer.  Participants have the opportunity to share experiences, in a relaxed atmosphere, with others who are going through similar experiences.

 Wellspring Calgary offers a monthly Speaker Series for individuals with advanced cancer and their caregivers.  Speaker Series sessions provide comprehensive information and support regarding a range of topics (e.g., decision-making, communication with loved ones, and legacy) to help individuals and their caregivers navigate life with advancing cancer.

Further details about these services are provided, below.

 

 

Department of Psychosocial Oncology — Caregiver Support Group

– Free

– No referral required

– Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

 

Who is the support group for?

Adult family members and close friends who are supporting someone with a chronic or progressive diagnosis of cancer, including metastatic (stage IV) cancer.  *No patients attend.

 

When does the support group meet?

The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, from 7:00PM – 8:30PM (except in December, which will be the 3rd Tuesday)

 

 Upcoming 2017 Group Dates:

August 22, 2017

September 26, 2017

October 24, 2017

November 28, 2017

December 19, 2017

 

 Where does the group meet?

Department of Psychosocial Oncology, Holy Cross Site – North Entrance

2202 2nd St., SW

Calgary, AB

*please ring bell located to the left of the door, as it is locked after hours

 

 Who facilitates the support group?

Lisa Lamont, Clinical Social Worker (403-355-3210)

Dr. Michael Speca, Clinical Psychologist (403-355-3216)

 

For more information, or to pre-register for a support group session, call:

(403) 355-3207

 

 

 

Wellspring – Advanced Cancer Speaker Series

 Information and support for individuals who are living with advanced cancer, and for those who are caring for someone with advancing disease.

– Facilitated by Bert Enns

– Open to the public

– Register for free

For session information, or to register, visit:  www.wellspringcalgary.ca

Or contact:   Carma House: (403) 521 – 5292; Fountain Court: (403) 747 – 0260

 

Tuesday, September 12 – Talking with Your Health Care Team about Treatments, Priorities and Decision-Making as Disease Advances

When:  Tuesday, September 12, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Carma House, 1404 Home Rd., NW, Calgary

Contact: (403) 521 – 5292

 

Tuesday, October 10 – Reframing Hope: Communicating with Family and Friends as Cancer Advances

When: Tuesday, October 10, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Fountain Court, #120, 703 64th Ave., SE, Calgary

Contact: (403) 747 – 0260

 

Tuesday, November 7 – Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Personal, Medical, Legal Panel Discussion

When:  Tuesday, November 7, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Carma House, 1404 Home Rd., NW, Calgary

Contact: (403) 521 – 5292

 

Tuesday, November 28 – Legacy: Conversations and Intentional Acts of Love with Family and Friends

When: Tuesday, November 28, 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: Wellspring Fountain Court, #120, 703 64th Ave., SE, Calgary

Contact: (403) 747 – 0260

Meal Train – Interactive, online meal calendar

Posted June 22nd, 2017

If you, or someone you know, would like to receive assistance with meals, the mealtrain.com website offers an online tool to mobilize and organize the meal-preparation help of family members and friends.

 

What is mealtrain.com?

MealTrain.com is a website that offers an interactive, online meal calendar that can be shared amongst family members and friends.

If you would like family members, friends, congregation members, and/or members of your community to prepare and deliver meals to your home during difficult periods of treatment and recovery, the mealtrain.com website can help to coordinate meal drop-offs throughout the month (for example, on certain days of the week or month).

 

How can you use mealtrain.com?

You (or someone you know) can register for free to create a personalized, online meal calendar.

Once signed up, you can indicate certain days you’d like meals to be delivered.  You can specify:

  • Specific dates when meals would be helpful

  • Instructions regarding convenient times to drop off meals

  • Food likes, dislikes, and allergies

  • Meal preferences

You can then invite friends, family, and congregation or community members to participate (via email or social media).  Once given access to the online calendar, they can sign up for one or more meals/dates and deliver specific meals to your home at designated times.

 

To learn more, or to sign up for a Meal Train calendar, visit:

https://www.mealtrain.com/

Cancer and Work Website

Posted June 16th, 2017

Do you have questions and concerns about returning to work following cancer treatment, or about maintaining your current role during and after treatment?

 

The Cancer and Work website offers a range of helpful resources for those who wish to:

  • Continue to work during treatment

  • Return to work after treatment (when and how to return to work)

  • Search for a new position during or after diagnosis and treatment

 

Who is the website for?

  • Cancer survivors, healthcare providers, and employers

 

What kind of information is provided? 

The website offers articles and resources regarding:

  • Common treatment-related symptoms (cognitive, physical, emotional, and psychological) that might affect the way you approach your work

  • Assessment of work abilities to help you understand your unique, evolving abilities and needs

  • Workplace accommodations

  • Workplace well-being and stress-reduction

  • The steps involved in returning to work, including a guide for the process of planning to return to your job

  • Communication with your healthcare team, your workplace, and your insurance provider

  • Government and private programs for alternative sources of income, if you need to take some time off work

 

What tools are available?

  • Cancer and Work Job Analysis Form

  • Return to Work Planner for employers

  • Energizers & Drainers tool

  • Creating Helpful Thoughts tool

  • Fatigue Tracking tool

  • Task Analysis Worksheet

  • Cognitive Symptoms Work Checklist

 

To learn more, visit:

https://www.cancerandwork.ca/

Connecting Alberta cancer survivors with the resources they need to make the rest of their life the best of their life