About the Memory Clinic: The Wawa Family Health Team (FHT) Memory Clinic is an inter-disciplinary approach to providing early diagnosis and treatment for problems related to memory loss. The Wawa FHT Memory Clinic team has been specially trained to provide comprehensive care and assessment for patients and family members dealing with conditions involving memory loss and/or dementia. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to maintain independent living and quality of life for as long as possible.
What to expect: You and your family members will meet with a team including a Nurse, Occupational therapist, Dietitian, Pharmacist, Physician and an Alzheimer’s First Link Coordinator for a comprehensive assessment including driving safety. This information can provide you and your family practitioner with a better understanding of your condition along with steps you and your family can take in your care.
Each appointment will take approximately 2.5 hours. We ask you to bring along a family member or someone who knows you well to your visit to help ensure a thorough assessment.
Ask your doctor if the memory clinic would benefit you
Minds in Motion
Minds in Motion® is a community-based social program that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs dementia and their care partners
The 2-hour program runs once a week, for 8 weeks, at the Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre, and offers:
- Gentle and easy to follow physical activities
- Fun social activities focused on building personal skills
For the person with dementia:
- Improved balance, mobility, flexibility, and alertness
- Increased confidence, and comfort with their own circumstance
- Mutual support from others facing similar experiences
For the care partners, it’s an opportunity to focus on their own health, and have fun with their partner. Other benefits include:
- Seeing the person, they are caring for enjoying themselves
- Mutual support and learning from other care partners
All participants can benefit from:
- Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting 2-3 days.
- Increased sense of social participation
For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society at 705-856-0000 or Jolene Binda at 705-856-1313
Falls Prevention Program – Stand up!
Supporting older adults to “be active” and “improve balance” are key components of the Stay On Your Feet Strategy.
Stand Up! focuses on building balance, strength and flexibility among older adults who are concerned about their balance or who have had a fall. Increasing the physical activity level and overall balance of the older adult are two key components of Stay on Your Feet.
Stand Up! Classes
- Offered free to older adults who qualify based on an assessment
- Designed for older adults who live independently in the community
- Participants may have had a fall or are worried about their balance.
- Participants must commit to attend 12 weeks of class, 2.5 hours per week.
- A pre and posttest helps participants see their improvement over time
Call 705-856-1313 for more information
Advance care planning
It’s about conversations. It’s about wishes.
It’s how we care for each other.
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself.
It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes, and talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals.
Goals of Care Discussions and Consent
People with identified palliative care needs or their substitute decision-makers have discussions with their interdisciplinary health care team about their goals of care to help inform their health care decisions. These values-based discussions focus on ensuring an accurate understanding of both the illness and treatment options so the person or their substitute decision-maker has the information they need to give or refuse consent to treatment.
We can help facilitate or guide you through these conversations with your loved ones.
Call us at 705-856-1313 ask for Jolene Binda
Advancing Frailty in the Community Collaborative
To improve care for older people with frailty and support their caregivers, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Canadian Frailty Network have launched the Advancing Frailty Care in the Community (AFCC) Collaborative. This initiative aims to improve the identification, assessment and implementation of tailored evidence-informed interventions that address frailty in primary care.
Where do you fit on the wellness scale?
Where you would like to be?
We can help you get there! Talk to our RN today at 705-856-1313