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The November Edition | November 9, 2017
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the November Comfort Connection! 
Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few days with my brother and sister-in-law. They came into Winnipeg for a funeral and stayed at my place. 
At 56 years old, my brother lost his long-time job as a Financial Planning Manager with Mennonite Savings. It all started with a chance meeting in the hallway with a woman visiting from head office: he couldn’t remember her name. She thought that was odd and reported the incident. He submitted to a series of tests, and it was determined he had early-onset dementia. He lost his job.
Five years later now, and at the end of our few days together, my brother, a little hesitant at times, but very comfortable and sure of himself at other times, said to me, “There are things I can’t do. The word I’m looking for just doesn’t come.”
I replied, “But you are doing so well. There are so many things you CAN do!”
His countenance brightened, and he said, “Is that right!”
I’m so impressed with my brother’s intentional actions to stay on track. He runs every day. In fact, he came in first in his age group running a marathon a few months ago. He originally lost his driver’s license with the diagnosis, but took the test and passed, and got it back. He, with his wife’s help, have taken many steps to clean up their diet. We had extensive conversations on how to eat even cleaner. My brother grew up speaking a bit of German, but lost it early on due to lack of use. He is now learning German online to keep exercising his brain. He is working as a bicycle courier and quite enjoys it!
It's so easy to focus on our shortcomings and what we can’t do. I took Dementia Capable Care this past August—two of my staff are certified trainers.
The course really opened my eyes and changed my thinking to focus on positives. What is it the person affected by dementia can still do, rather than what they cannot do?
It’s a powerful course that will challenge your thinking! Contact us at 204-949-3234 if you or your facility is interested in this training.


Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Family When Family Can't Be There

You want to be there for your loved ones in their time of need, but you can't always drop everything in your life. Nor should you have to!
When Pat began getting more and more health issues as she aged, it finally got to the point where she could no longer do things by herself at home. As much as they wanted to be able to be there for her, Pat's family simply didn't have the time available to provide her with the company she needed, either. 
It was distressing for Pat and her family to think that she would need to be taken from the home she loved and placed in a retirement residence. 
But that's when Pat's daughter discovered another option...

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Recipe of the Month: Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

At this time of year, you might want a nice warming meal for breakfast. Oatmeal can be a great option!
This baked variation of oatmeal works well if you don't have a lot of time in the morning, but it won't cause a spike to your blood sugar levels the way that a traditional muffin might.
You can even try mixing it up by adding other types of fruit (or perhaps a handful of nuts!) to the batter.

Click here for the recipe

Video: You Can Start a New Life at Any Age

Charles was convinced that you're never too old to start a new life. In fact, he decided to take up sprinting when he was 95 years old!
"I'm 97 now and just beginning to realize how much I don't know," Charles said. A truly inspiring outlook on life and aging.

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Earn Your Dementia Care Specialist Certification

Comforts of Home – Care puts a high value on training. The people we care for deserve only the best of care! This means we provide many varied training opportunities for our staff.
Since 2013, we have been offering the well-known Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) to our caregivers through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). Now, in 2017, we are making available Dementia Capable Care, a capabilities approach to caring for those with dementia.
The seven-hour Dementia Capable Care One Day Foundation Course, brought to you by our Dementia Care Specialist Certified Instructors, is flexible and can be adapted for many people in various settings.
This course is offered to:
  • Interested family members wanting some tools to help them relate better with someone close to them who has dementia
  • People who work in facilities who would like to improve their care approach to people with dementia
  • Comforts of Home – Care caregivers
The Dementia Capable Care course will help you develop:
  • Practical skills to make tangible improvements in caring for those with dementia
  • Greater confidence in your ability to deliver the highest standard of dementia care
What you'll learn: 
  • Identify empowering paradigm shifts to create successful outcomes for those with dementia
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their impact on cognitive function
  • Identify cognitive assessments and screening tools to identify Best Ability to Function
  • Describe the best ability to function and key remaining abilities for each dementia stage, as defined by Allen Cognitive Levels
  • Identify key care approaches for each dementia stage to promote the highest possible level of function in ADL, mobility, and leisure activity
  • Understand strategies to enhance communication, minimize negative behaviours, and support families

        Joke of the Month

        I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her: I would point out something and ask what color it was.
        She would tell me the color, and she was always correct! It was fun for me, so I continued testing her.
        At last, she headed for the door, saying, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these colors yourself!”

        Source: http://grandparenting.org/news/smile-grandparent-jokes/
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