If you live in or around Calgary and are interested in dementia, the Alzheimer Society of Calgary has a number of volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you. These include such things as visiting a person living with dementia, educating others about dementia and Alzheimers and participating in special events. Click here for current opportunities.
If you live in or near Vernon, British Columbia and are interested in improving health care, this may be of interest to you.
The Patient Voices Network is in search of volunteers in Vernon.
The Interior Health residential care framework redesign advisory committee is looking for 10 to 14 volunteers to share experiences they’ve had with the health care system in order to provide feedback to the institution. “It’s through a patient lens,” said Carol Stathers, PVN Okanagan engagement leader.
The volunteers may also help with putting together patient educational pamphlets.
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If you are interested in health-care services and want to make a difference, here is an opportunity that you may wish to explore. Please note that the deadline for applications was May 18, 2016, but has been extended.
- Over the age of 65;
- Live in Alberta;
- Have an annual household income of less than $50,000;
- Have a high risk of a cardiovascular event based on having ONE of the following:Previous heart attack or stroke, chronic kidney disease, heart failure OR Any TWO of the following:Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, current cigarette smoking (greater than half a pack a day)
this may be of interest to you.
Researchers at the University of Calgary are looking for 5000 low-income seniors to participate in a study that will focus on managing chronic disease. To find out more and how you can get involved, click here.
Recently, some interesting discussion has arisen concerning a particular topic – volunteers and compensation. More specifically, should volunteers receive honorariums? What are your thoughts on this issue?
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- Any additional thoughts you may have on this issue are welcome.
— Patients 4 Change (@Pts4Chg) March 29, 2016
Mrs. Mary Margaret Sims turned 90 years old on Saturday, March 26th and is a long-time volunteer in her community. In addition to volunteering for Meals on Wheels, she is also a volunteer at the local cancer society thrift shop. According to Mrs. Sims, “Serving others gives us self-satisfaction…It makes me feel good.” Click here to read the full story.
It is becoming more common for patients to be invited to medical-related conferences. However, in an open letter to “Patients Included” conferences, Carolyn Thomas points out why many of these invitations are problematic.
Dear medical conference organizers,
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your conference later this year. It is a real honour to be asked to help represent the patient voice at your prestigious event. I know that inviting patients alongside your impressive international roster of well-respected physicians is new to you. So congratulations on embracing the increasingly important “Patients Included” movement sweeping through medical conferences.
But as I once wrote to patient blogger (and conference speaker) Carly Medosch:
“I can no longer afford to be ‘honoured’ by any more medical conference invitations.”
Allow me to explain:
Click here to continue reading Thomas’ letter.
Patients Canada is a charitable organization that fosters collaboration between patients, family caregivers and the healthcare community so as to bring about change to Canada’s healthcare system. Currently, Patients Canada is looking for volunteer Patient and Family Advisors. Click here to apply to to become an advisor.
— Patients Canada (@PatientsCanada) March 7, 2016
As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Family Presence Campaign Presence Campaign has begun. This week, the campaign comes to Calgary, where two Family Presence coffee chats have been planned. The first one will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m., and the second one will occur on Saturday, January 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Brentwood Starbucks in Brentwood Village Mall will be the location for both gatherings. (This Starbucks is located at 301 – 3630 Brentwood Rd. N.W, across the parking lot from the Bank of Montreal.)
If you are interested in learning about the Family Presence Campaign and how you can get involved, why not join us for a chat over coffee?
Did you know that people who do charity work and volunteer in other ways may be benefiting in terms of better health? In a recent study, it was found that volunteers were 30% more likely to receive flu shots, 47% more likely to receive cholesterol tests, and spent 38% fewer nights in the hospital. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953615302495
If you are looking to do more volunteer work this year, live near the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, enjoy meeting new people and assisting them as they navigate their way through a hospital setting, you may be interested in becoming a Wayfinding Ambassador. Other volunteer opportunities at PLC are also available here.