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    Southern Alberta Resource Centre
    Karl Lottes, MA, RSW

    102,  5636 Burbank Crescent SE, Calgary Alberta T2H 1Z6
    Westech Building

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Day Program upcoming meetings

Day Program for People affected by HD and their family members/caregivers

  • Thursday September 27th
  • Thursday October 25th
  • Thursday November 22nd
  • Thursday January 3rd 2013

All run 130 pm to 330 pm.  Contact Karl Lottes at the Resource Centre to see if this program is suitable for you.

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Caregiver Support Group upcoming meetings

Caregiver Support Group meeting dates for the remainder of 2012:

  • Wednesday October 17th 1030 am to noon
  • Thursday  November 15th 1030 to noon
  • Wednesday December 19th 1030 am to noon

Further details.

2012 11 09 & 10 – HSC National Conference

Register now for the Huntington Society’s National Conference.

2012 10 22 – Chronic Illness Brings Challenges: The Human Spirit Brings Resiliency

Hello friends in southern Alberta:

Here is your invitation to a free presentation by a wonderful speaker:

“Chronic Illness Brings Challenges: The Human Spirit Brings Resiliency.”

This session will explore the unfolding drama in the human spirit between hope and despair as one faces the many losses that come with a chronic illness. A proverb states that “the spirit of a person can sustain them in their infirmity but a wounded spirit who can bear?” The meeting of three universal spiritual needs does much to add to the resiliency of our spirit.  We need relatedness and belonging, meaning and purpose and at times forgiveness and reconciliation. The body may face decline day by day but thankfully the spirit can be renewed day by day.

Speaker:

Rev. Bob Glasgow is the former non-denominational chaplain of the Rockyview Hospital and the founder of the recently named Bob Glasgow Grief Support Program (located at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.)  He is presently in private practise and speaks widely on subjects related to suffering and spirituality. The topic of chronic illness is an experienced one for Bob as he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 8.

Bob will bring Kelly Ryan to share in this session as one who has traversed many challenges in her journey with a lifetime of facing into illness. Her spirit inspires others to learning and growth.

Hope Lutheran Church ~ 3527  Boulton Rd. NW

Monday, October 22  ~ 7:00-8:30 pm

There is no charge for attending.

Please RSVP Karl by October 18th.

Karl Lottes MA RSW, Director, Southern Alberta Resource Centre, Huntington Society of Canada

2012/04/18 – Caregiver Support Group – third Wednesdays

HD Caregiver Support Group
Southern Alberta Resource Centre
Huntington Society of Canada

The Purpose of this group:

  • To provide education and resources about Huntington Disease.
  • To discuss strategies to support a loved one with HD when they experience physical, emotional and social changes that they cannot discuss or are reluctant to acknowledge.
  • To reflect about changes and identify personal strengths and resiliencies.  Often caregivers get so busy ‘caring’ that they cannot talk about events and changes.  This is a place to do that.
  • To help you and your loved one to develop a social support network, breaking down isolation, another very common pattern in HD.
  • To look at self-care strategies for caregivers.

Given the varying needs of participants, discussion topics vary according to group interests.

Please note this group is exclusively for caregivers.

Caregivers’ are family members of someone with a diagnosis of Huntington Disease.  This includes spouses, siblings, adult children and close friends with whom your loved one has regular contact.

If you are a caregiver, please consider attending as a gift to yourself.  Not only do you deserve it….. you need it!!

  • When: Every third Wednesday of the month, 10:30 a.m. to noon
    Please call or email to confirm the next meeting date.
  • Where: Resource Centre Office: 102 5636 Burbank Crescent SE Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6
  • Facilitator: Karl Lottes MA Registered Social Worker, Resource Centre Director

Further information

Karl Lottes, MA Registered Social Worker
403.532.0609
klottes@huntingtonsociety.ca

General information about Huntington Disease:  www.curehd.wordpress.com and www.huntingtonsociety.ca

2012/03/29 – HD Day Group

HD Day Group

This group is open to people with HD living in the community or in personal care homes or other supportive living housing.  It is a pilot project and we will review the group over the next few months and determine how it will evolve or continue.

Next meeting:  Thursday, March 29th – 1 to 3 pm

Location:  Southern Alberta Resource Centre office.