Survey on Medication

The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare  is leading a national consultation on how to implement affordable national pharmacare for Canadians and their families, employers and governments.

They have issued a discuss paper that I have attached for your information.

I have also attached a guide with principles for a national public drug plan published by the Canadian Health Coalition for you to consider.  The questionnaire will be online until Sept 28th. 

Here is the link for the questionnaire.  Please insert the link as topic for search on your computer if you cannot use it as a direct link. 

https://www.letstalkhealth.ca/pharmacare

I recommend you complete the survey as access to prescription medications is very important to older adults.

 

July 20th Announcements

Lunch with a Bunch

Yellowknife Seniors’ Society

Friday July 20th, 2018

Lunch today is brought to you by our very own WALK TO TUK TEAM. Margaret, Barb, Bev, Janice, Thola, Linda, Karen, and Amanda for the running around.

Our walk to Tuk team is made up of the ladies that do the walking group every morning, members of the society.  These ladies have been doing the walk to Tuk for the seven years I have been at the Baker Centre and many years prior. There are about 19 people that par take in this Jan to March event every year.

We are fully booked for the BBQ season.  I need to thank everyone that has signed up to help this summer season/

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.

 

July 13th updates

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday July 13th, 2018
Lunch today is brought to you by Yk Seniors’ Society with the help of the following, Loretta, Bev, Ann, Loreen and Candice for working the door every week.  

We need to Thank the United Way NWT for their funding money that goes towards our LWAB program.  This money helps us to be able to do lunch that is not sponsored or donated.
I need to thank the walking group for opening up in the mornings since I have moved.  I need to thank Ajjie for coming on Thursdays to set the tea and coffee up, Barb and Bev every Friday for setting the board room and making sure things are set up for you to enjoy lunch.

We are fully booked for the BBQ season.  I need to thank everyone that has signed up to help this summer season/
Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.

June 8th announcements

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday June 8th , 2018

Lunch today is brought to you by the YK Seniors’ Society
  

 Friday June 8th. The Yk Seniors Society will be hosting a 6K Bingo at the Tree of Peace.  

Please contact Marilyn Jordan if you can volunteer.  Or come out and spend a great evening with us.  Bingo starts at 7pm doors open at 4:30pm

Friday June 22nd Fish Fry at the Elks starting at noon

Saturday June 23rd The Social Committee will be having another fun night.  The theme has yet to be decided.  Will keep you updated.

Tuesday June 26th starting at 1:30pm The Yk Seniors’ Society will be holding our annual Seniors tea to end Seniors Month.  Please mark your calendar and get you hats out.  It will be a Royal Event.

BBQ Season at the Baker Centre is coming up fast.  The Months of July and Aug.  I will be putting up a volunteer sheet with dates.  If you can help out or would like to put your own team together, please sign up.

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.

SOLID WASTE FACILITY
The Solid Waste Division is here to help all Yellowknifers deal with their waste. More information on the City’s waste col¬lection and diversion programs can be found on our website, yellowknife.ca/en/living-here/garbage.asp. 
If you are having any issues with your Black or Green cart col¬lection, contact us at SWFInfo@yellowknife.ca or 669-3406. Together, we will figure out a solution that meets your needs.
 

You all helped raise for the YK Seniors' Society

CONGRATS TO THE FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AND THE LONG LIST OF VOLUNTEERS THAT HELPED WITH THE CHASE THE ACE.
YOU ALL HELP RAISE  FOR THE YK SENIORS’ SOCIETY

THANK YOU FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING EFFORTS 

Floyd Adlem        Linda Balsillie            Wendy Bisaro
Mike Borden        Cam Buddo            Jessie Borden
Robert Borden        Yves Charbonneau        Kim Doyle
Shirley Fontaine    Donna Gibson            Dave Grundy
Robert Hawkins    Nora Hidgen            Randy Horne
Rita Horne        Sheila Humphrey        Cheryl Inward
Marilyn Jordan
Pat Knutson        Brian Kellin            Martha MacLellan
Ben McDonald        Katherine McDonald    Beaton McKenzie
Cathy Menard        Michelle Nendsa        Ben Nind
Kathy Paul-Drover    Bob Powless            Yvonne Quick
Robin Greig        Jeannie Roche            Jane Romanowich
John Soderberg     Sylvia                Diane Trecartin
Tom Trecartin        Tammy Travis            Gina Vornbrock
Tom Vornbrock

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE YK SENIORS SOCIETY WANT TO THANK YOU

Garbage cart issues

Good Morning,

It has been brought to my attention that recently Kavanaugh has been contacted on two different occasions with requests to make exceptions for residents in regards to waste cart placement, as the resident is having a hard time placing the cart due to mobility challenges. I am simply reaching out to show our support and let the Seniors Society know that Kavanaugh is more than willing to work with residents to come up with acceptable solutions for special circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. If any seniors would like to discuss cart placement options please have them email info@kavwaste.com or call 867-873-2811 and speak with reception. 


Regards,

 

Peter Houweling
Kavanaugh Bros. Ltd
General Manager / Owner
P: 867-873-2811
C: 867-445-1044
F: 867-920-2811
E: peter@kavwaste.com
W: kavwaste.com

April 20th Announcements

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday April 20, 2018
Lunch today is sponsored by Julie Green MLA YK Centre.
    Prepared by Albert and Floyd
Please refer to the calendar for the up-coming events.

Saturday April 28th come join Board member Cheryl Inward to make some Chapati Bread. Free Workshop starts at 1:00pm here at the Baker Community Centre. 

May 12th and 13 Trade Show Weekend.  We will be looking for volunteers to man the booth.  Will have a sign up sheet next week.  Starting thinking about helping us out. 

A reminder that the free seniors pass to use at the Field House track (Monday Wednesday and Thursday from 6:30 am to noon) is available at the site. We have a few passes here we can provide. We also have a walking/exercise class each weekday here at the Centre starting at 7:20 a.m.
Thanks to the fundraising committee and their volunteers working hard in support of the Chase the Ace initiative of the Yellowknife Gymnastics Association. The Baker Centre is open for ticket sales from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm April 20.

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.
 

Conversation of Aging Survey

Conversations on Ageing in the NWT
 
Help us plan a first-ever NWT conference event on aging. 
Let’s have a renewed conversation, or better yet, a series of renewed conversations about what ageing means to us and what we can do to enrich our lives as we grow older.  We’re asking Northerners to have those conversations now and bring them together over a two day gathering in Yellowknife this coming October.

Please give us your input on conference topics.
We’d like you to share some initial thoughts to guide us in planning the conference event in ways that mean the most to you.  Please fill out the following survey and return it to ___________ by March 15 or earlier.  If you don’t make March 15, that’s OK, share with us when you can. 

Thank you!


Possible conversation topics
Please number from 1-10 the topics below that most interest you, in order of interest.
eg.     1    Nutrition and healthy living
    2    Wills, Powers of Attorney, etc.

Self-care
☐     Active living & social engagement
☐     Nutrition and healthy living as we age
☐    Volunteer, mentor, stay active and engaged (discovering             new and fun ways to keep fit)
☐    Dental care (maximizing dental health)
☐    Extended health benefits


Personal growth
☐    Find continued meaning and purpose in daily activities
☐    Take advantage of life-long learning opportunities (e.g. skill             development, languages, hobbies, crafts)
☐    Actively deepen our inner life
☐    Employment and business opportunities for older adults


Sharing information
☐    Alzheimer’s and dementia – support groups for older adults
☐    Wills, powers of attorney, personal directives and estate             planning and advanced care planning
☐    Tax issues as we get older
☐    Strengthening the voice of older adults in the community (ideas for connecting and sharing with others, including younger people)
☐    Social media (using Facebook and other social media)
☐    What are cell phone “Apps” and which ones are helpful
☐    Protecting yourself from abuse: financial abuse, theft, scams, and family violence
☐    Insurance (life insurance, annuities, etc.)
☐    Financing our old age (as individuals)
☐    Realizing our strengths as we age in our communities
☐    Medical Assistance in Dying – the realities in the NWT
☐    How and when to choose long term care

Issues and policies impacting seniors
☐    Getting older - Physical and mental health issues  
☐    Housing issues for seniors
☐    Government financing for an older society
☐    English is not my first language – the challenges associated with that as we get older
☐    How to benefit most from technology in our lives

Hands-on sessions
☐    Cooking healthy for one – how do I start to downsize? 
☐    Yoga and meditation
☐    Elders in motion activities
☐    Storytelling
☐    Art classes (drawing/sketching, acrylics, water colors, etc.)
☐    Accessing the Internet and computer skills


What’s missing?  What other topics or activities do you want?

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Would you like a trade show to showcase services and products such as mobility aids, assistive devices, etc. as part of the gathering?
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Other suggestions?
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Would you like to volunteer?   ☐      Yes
                    ☐        No

If yes, please provide your name, phone number and email address below.

Thank you!
 

CHASE THE ACE

REMEMBER TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE SENIORS.  WE HAVE TEAMED UP WITH THE GYMNASTICS CLUB TO DO CHASE THE ACE. THE PRIZE IS OVER $60K WE WILL BE SELLING TICKETS AT THE BAKER COMMUNITY CENTRE FRIDAY MARCH 16TH STARTING AT 6:30PM TO 8:00PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MAR 16TH 2018

Lunch with a Bunch
Yellowknife Seniors’ Society
Friday March 16nd, 2018
Lunch today is sponsored by the YK Ministerial
AGM will be held on March 22nd starting at 6:00pm with dinner and AGM to follow.  Please come out and support the YK Seniors Society.  If you are interested in knowing more about the Board and are looking to join a great team please contact Hugh Wetmore or Yvonne Quick, they are our nominating Committee for this year’s election.
Yoga will be starting again in April for all of you sore and looking for a stretch.
We will be closed on Friday March 30th for Good Friday and Monday April 2nd Easter Monday.
You must go by the field house to use the track stop by the desk and get your free seniors pass to use Monday Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 am to noon to use the track.  This is a new program that the city is offering for seniors in town.

Al-Anon Family Group meets every Thursday evening at 7 pm at the Baker Centre. If you are concerned about a family or friend drinking too much alcohol, please come, we can help.
  HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY EVERY ONE
 

Chase The ACE

The YK Seniors Society is working with the Yellowknife Gymnastics Gym for the Chase the Ace on Friday evening until the Ace is drawn.

We are looking for  volunteers to work at the Baker Community Centre, Black Knight and the Monkey Tree selling tickets and helping out.  Can you please contact Jeannie 445-6980

This weeks Jackpot is $53,706. Tickets will be on sale from 6-8:30pm at the Monkey Tree & from 630-8pm at the Black Knight and Bakers Center.
 

Message from Glen Abernethy

Glen Abernethy: New Investments in Mental Health and in Home and Community Care

Delivered on February 21, 2018

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the Government of Northwest Territories has signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government to invest new resources into mental health and addictions services, as well as home and community care.

This investment will provide approximately $6 million over the next five years, including $2.4 million for mental health and addictions services, and $3.6 million for home and community care services.

Not only do these investments support key objectives in both our Child and Youth Mental Wellness Action Plan and our Continuing Care Services Action Plan, they also align with the Mandate of the 18th Legislative Assembly.

Our government is has made a commitment in the mandate to support Elders to live in their homes as long as possible and to providing quality long-term care when this option is no longer available.

The investments for home and community care will be used to develop a paid family/community caregiver option for residents who manage their own care. This initiative will provide individuals with an option to meet their care needs and access home supports currently not available to them through an existing home and community care program.

It will also support the implementation of an updated, evidence-based assessment tool for home and community care, called the International Resident Assessment Instrument.  This new tool will ensure individuals receive home and community care services based on their assessed care needs, with the goal of supporting Seniors and Elders in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.

Mr. Speaker, the Northwest Territories has a history of resilience, strength and a strong commitment to helping one another.  However, the impacts of colonization and residential schools continue to challenge the wellness of our people and communities. 

One area where we can see evidence of these impacts is the issue of suicide.  Currently, there are a number of services available across the NWT to assist residents facing mental health challenges, including the Community Counselling Program, the NWT Help Line, the On the Land Healing Fund, Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. 

While these services and supports are already in place, we know that we can do more to support communities and our government has made a commitment in its mandate to enhance access to culturally appropriate programs and services.  One of the ways we will be doing this for suicide prevention is by targeting investments for mental health and addictions to the development and implementation of a Territorial Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support Network.

Mr. Speaker, this initiative will enhance culturally appropriate approaches to suicide prevention, provide support to communities to build a sense of hope and meaning while also improving our ability to provide a timely response to community needs in the event of a crisis.

This support network will complement our existing mental health and addictions options and is in line with the Strategic Framework for Mental Health and Addictions Recovery and with the recently released Child and Youth Mental Wellness Action Plan.

I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their 10-year commitment to strengthen supports for home and community care and mental health and addictions in the Northwest Territories.  These investments will improve key services for residents of the Northwest Territories.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
 

Lunch with a Bunch

March 2nd, 2018 LUNCH WITH A BUNCH

Good day to Everyone:

It is with great pleasure that we are going to be having our first LWAB March 2nd, 2018.  We will starting this off with a  ST. David's Day lunch, brought to you by Merlyn and Joyce Williams.  lunch will consist of Faggots, Mushy peas and other surprises.

Please come out and enjoy our first meal after the long awaited Kitchen Reno's.

Looking forward to see you all

8 to 10 SENIORS REQUIRED

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE:

We are looking for 8-10 seniors to work with students from St Pat's High School.  What this means.

We are putting together a a computer program called Cyber Seniors.  What that means the students are going to teach you how to use the computer and your tablet and programs.

The program starts Monday Feb 12th at 10:20am til 11:05am.

The class will be Monday tuesday and Wednesday at St Pat's for the following 6 weeks.

If you are interested please email me at ykseniorsociety@theedge.ca.

thanks

KIM

NOTICE OF AGM

NOTICE OF AGM

THE AGM WILL BE HELD THURSDAY MARCH 22ND 2018

STARTING WITH DINNER AT 6PM AGM TO FOLLOWING. THIS AGM WILL BE HELD AT THE BAKER COMMUNITY CENTRE #2 5710 50TH AVE

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS PLEASE EMAIL YKSENIORSOCIETY@THEEDGE.CA 

KITCHEN RENO UPDATE

Good day to Everyone:

We just wanted to let you know that the Kitchen Reno is well underway.  The YK Seniors' Society will not be having LWAB over the next while.  We will be updating everyone on the progress of this project.  If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your understanding as we go through this.

John
President  YK Seniors' Society

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Good morning,

This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we’re starting conversations to help people see dementia differently.

We’ve spoken to people living with dementia from across the country who’ve shared openly about their challenges and triumphs. Now, they’re sharing their stories with the world to increase understanding of what it’s really like to live with dementia and what actions we can all take to end dementia stigma.

They want you to know that life goes on after diagnosis, and that with the right help and support, people with dementia can still get a lot out of life.

But don’t take our word for it—hear it directly from Mary Beth, who was diagnosed when she was 45 and became a fierce advocate for the rights of people with dementia. Or from Roger, who was diagnosed at 57 but will tell you that his hopes and dreams in life have not changed. There’s also Mario, who got his diagnosis a year after he retired and, while it changed what he expected of his future, he has embraced it anyway, volunteering in his community, and taking up photography to express himself creatively. And then there’s Naomi, whose mum was diagnosed at 54, and who is a dedicated daughter, caregiver, and advocate for change in the way dementia is viewed in Canada.  You can read about each of their journeys via the web-link below.

People living with dementia have experiences and they can educate us—we just need to listen.

It’s time to see dementia differently.

Do you have a public board in your office? Please post attached to help us spread awareness.

Follow us on social media: 
•    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Dementiaabnt/
•    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dementiaab_nt/
•    Twitter: https://twitter.com/DementiaAB_NT

For more information please see www.ilivewithdementia.ca or contact your local Alzheimer Society office.

Many thanks,
Martha 


Martha MacLellan, Regional Lead
Alzheimer Society Alberta & Northwest Territories
Suite 116, 5109 48th St.  Yellowknife, NT X1A 1N5
Phone: (867) 669-9390  Fax: (867) 669-9392
www.alzheimer.ab.ca