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Posted October, 2019


Family Caregivers of British Columbia
October 2019 E-News


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How are you doing?

Many caregivers understand the importance of caring for themselves but in the same breath say they are too busy to eat, feeling overwhelmed, and unsure how to find time for themselves.

It is good to check in with yourself and assess where you are so take our Caregiver Self-Assessment.


INSPIRED Magazine: “Strategies for Spousal Caregivers”

Being a spousal caregiver can alter your life and relationship. Read these strategies from other spousal caregivers in our latest article.


Moving Forward - Together

October 26, 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby

Parkinson Society British Columbia’s provincial conference, Moving Forward - Together, will foster an educational and inspirational space for enriching the connection between people with Parkinson’s, carepartners, friends, and healthcare professionals.

Family Caregivers of BC will be in attendance and we would love to see you there!

Register here.


Read the Fall edition of the Caregiver Connection

Read about: a Family Caregiver Decision Guide developed by a team of UBC researchers, Medical Assistance in Dying from the perspective of a caregiver, and how to manage caregiving worries.

Read here.


Upcoming Webinar: Medical Assistance in Dying

FCBC believes that people have the right to make informed choices about their lives. To support this we endeavor to bring relevant information to the attention of caregivers. Watch for our next webinar on November 5th – 6:30-8 pm PST with Dr. Rosanne Beuthin. Find out more here.


Event: North Shore Community Resources: Reframing Self-Care

Tuesday Oct, 29th 2019, 1:00 - 4:00pm

Community Room, Room 203, Capilano Mall, North Vancouver

The Shifting Paradigm of Self-Care Strategies to elevate Self-Care, Create Powerful Guiding Questions, Leave with a personalized plan


Arts & Alzheimer’s Victoria

Arts & Alzheimer’s is a fun, social art and music participation program for seniors with dementia still living at home with their caregivers stimulating minds…supporting caregivers.

Thursdays 11am – 1pm October 3 – November 28, 2019

Silver Threads, 2340 Richmond Rd., Victoria BC

Learn more here.


Coming Soon: Free Facilitator Training for Caregiver Support Groups

Saturday November 23rd, 2019

Time: 9:30 – 3:30

Location: Colwood, BC

We are seeking people who can listen with compassion and who have caregiving experience or knowledge of family caregiver issues and concerns.

You will learn to understand your role as a group facilitator, anticipate the most common caregiver concerns so you can feel prepared and facilitate a caregiver support group with confidence.

For more information please email: monicalewis

or call: 250-940-4602


Caregiver Support Groups

Find ongoing Caregiver Support Groups listed on our website.

If you are unfamiliar with support groups and considering attending you can read about the value of peer support here.


Caregiver Survey - Spondylitis

The Canadian Spondylitis Association needs your expert input! They have launched a “Caregiver & Patient Support” survey to learn more about your experiences as a caregiver, where you access information and what types of topics are of interest. We intend to use the insights collected to develop resources and website content and for advocacy and awareness purposes. The survey will only take a few minutes of your time. Please participate – you are the expert!

Learn more here.


Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre Workshop for Caregivers

Sunday October 13, 2019 2:00-4:00pm

Moberly Main Hall, 7646 Prince Albert St, Vancouver

Learn gentle movement activities that can assist with relaxation and self-care. Caregivers will share their experiences in a supportive environment.

Registration required. Register online at or by telephone at 604-718-6505 ex 1


Caring Ahead: Preparing for End-Of-Life in Dementia, Developed by Family Caregivers for Family Caregivers

This research study by McMaster University will help to learn more about how family and friend caregivers prepare and cope with the end of a person with Dementia's life.

If you have questions or wish to participate please contact:

Pamela Durepos at or 905-484-3546

Learn more here.


The Royal Columbian Hospital Neurology Research

Deadline: October 9th 2019

Researchers continue to seek ways to reduce the risk of brain injury after cardiac arrest and have identified ketamine as a possible option. The Royal Columbian Hospital Neurology Research Team is seeking two patient partners who have experience with cardiac arrest to help shape their research with what matters to patients and families. Patients and caregivers will share their lived experience to ensure that the project is relevant to patient needs.

Learn more here.


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