Meeting Minutes - Robin Smart - Living with Dementia - Feb. 16th. 2017
This meeting at Trinity United church started at @9:57am with 45 members present and president John Proctor chairing. He welcomed all present with a special welcome to today’s presenter, Robin Smart and one new guest, Frank Aiello.
In his introductory remarks President Proctor informed the meeting that he has learned that John Pawley has finished his treatments and is feeling well and that we wish him well.
Thirty members attended the Valentine's dinner at the Mandarin Restaurant on Valentine’s Day and we all had an excellent meal. Thanks to Ken Dick and David Paterson for coordinating a wonderful event.
David Moller introduced Robin Smart. Robin Smart has been the Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo-Wellington since 2005. Previous to that she worked in Long Term Care since age 16, when she started as a nursing aid. Over the years she worked in a variety of departments including dietary, recreation, activation and for many years as the Admission Coordinator for a local Long Term Care home. Robin’s degrees are from the University of Guelph. Her Masters Degree focused on helping people adapt to institutional living. Robin has also worked as a member of a Special Palliative Care team in Long Term Care, and with developmentally delayed individuals at the Kiwanis Camp at Bellwood.
Robin Smart Today Robin spoke about a new program focusing on one of the major concerns of people suffering from dementia, and that is missing incidents or getting lost. Speaking about Alzheimer’s or dementia the difference is that Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia and there are numerous types of dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society deals with all types of related dementia.
By way of background Robin explained that the services that the Alzheimer’s Society provides deals with any and all types of dementia. This was part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors where an advisory committee was formed that brought together the Alzheimer’s Society, the Provincial Police, and the Ontario Government. The reason for talking about this is that unfortunately way too many gaps had occurred when people had gone missing and the general population didn’t know what to do when they found or didn’t know how to recognize when someone was missing. This program is called Finding your Way and is designed to keep people safe in the community. R Secretary’s Note: Robin Smart presented a PowerPoint presentation that coincided with her presentation. This can be found on the member’s site under “More” and the drop down for "Speakers Notes" and then click on her name.
Robin provided information on the resources available at the end of her PowerPoint presentation. (see addendum to these minutes).Following Ms. Smart’s presentation there was a question and answer period.
David Moller thanked Robin for her presentation & gave her a token of the Club's appreciation.
Activities – Ken Dick The Activities Committee is working on preparing for the anniversary luncheon on April 13th and they need to start signing up suppliers. With that in mind they have engaged “With the Grain Coffee and Bake Shop” to provide the luncheon. Sign-up sheets are now available for members. Approximate cost is $15 per person.
Coffee Club – Gary Luck - At the suggestion of members we are trying other places to have coffee, although the Airpark Café is an ongoing place for us to meet. - Next Thursday we are going to meet at 10:00 am at Star Berry Café at 10 Paisley St. in the Market Fresh Plaza.
Future meetings can be found on the club website.
Next meeting on March 2nd will have Paul Kelly, Research and Apiary Manager at UoG on Honey Bees