May 2022 News & Updates
You are receiving this email newsletter because you have utilized Bow Valley PCN service(s) &/or have subscribed to our newsletter specifically. The monthly newsletter will keep you up to date with what is going on at the Bow Valley PCN
(and a few other healthcare-related tid-bits).

FEATURED COMMUNITY CLASS

Tuesday, May 31
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

with Kiley Torti, Active Living and Health Promotion Consultant
Did you know people who are physically active report greater life satisfaction? They also report:

  • a stronger sense of purpose
  • feeling more connected to their communities
  • suffering less from loneliness, depression and anxiety
  • more feelings of joy, gratitude, love and hope

So, what is the connection to movement?
We know that exercise is good for our bodies but what about our brains and mental health? Join Kiley in this unique session exploring the world of exercise through hormones, neurochemistry, social connection and the important role of interacting with our natural world. Kiley will present on how to “get over the hump” of getting started and how to make an exercise habit stick.

Held online via ZOOM, registration is required.
OSTEOARTHRITIS PROGRAM
Wednesday, May 18 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Creaky hips and wonky knees? This class will focus on recommended exercises for those with osteoarthritis in the hip and/or knee joint(s). An overview of the exercises that are part of the GLAD program will be reviewed as well as links to an online video library. Modifications will be provided to accommodate all ability levels.

With Kiley Torti, Active Living and Health Promotion Consultant
Please share: bowvalleypcn.ca/doctorjobs
With the ongoing doctor shortage in the Bow Valley, the Bow Valley PCN has developed a webpage to help share all local doctor job postings.

We are asking for your help to spread the word. Please share bowvalleypcn.ca/doctorjobs with doctors or medical students you know across Canada.

Tell us what programming you want to see!
What programs do you want to take with the Primary Care Network in the summer? Tell us your thoughts about active offerings in this quick survey! Survey closes May 23, 2022.
Community Connect YYC Offers a Variety of Rapid-access, Free or Affordable Supports
Community Connect YYC is a group of Calgary-based agencies dedicated to helping you quickly and easily access mental health supports when you need it most. 
   
Through a direct online booking tool, available 24/7, you can book in to access rapid support (within 3 days). With many in-person and virtual appointments to choose from you can get help when it fits your schedule. This service connects you to a range of supports, including several types of counselling, and even basic needs help, often within the week. Some services are available at no cost. For paid services, partners must ensure that financial barriers do not prevent access to support.

Book an appointment or find out more communityconnectyyc.ca
COVID-19 CURRENT INFORMATION
Current Information
The most current and accurate general information for Albertans
can be found at ahs.ca/covid19

Find out what the current isolation requirements are if you are experiencing COVID-19 core symptoms

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Book online with Alberta Health Services.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Alberta Health Services is Recruiting
Health Advisory Council Members
AHS is recruiting Albertans to become Health Advisory Council members or Provincial Advisory Council members. Health Advisory Council members are passionate about healthcare, interested in listening to people and providing feedback to AHS.... find out more >
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Child, Youth and Family Addictions and Mental Health FREE online programming for Parents and Caregivers

Visit www.cyfcaregivereducation.ca for resources and online programming for parents and caregivers to support mental wellness in children and youth.
Seniors' Centre Without Walls Phone-Based Programming

Open to older adults aged 55+ living anywhere in Alberta who find it difficult to leave their homes and are not tech-savvy. Programs are free of charge and accessible by phone via a toll-free number.

View the SCWW calendar of events. To register, call the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network at 780-395-2626.
Wellspring Calgary

Wellspring Calgary is a registered charity offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social and practical needs of people living with cancer – those diagnosed, caregivers and kids. If you or a loved one has cancer, Wellspring is here for you, visit wellspringcalgary.ca to find out more.
The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley

The Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley offers a few group support programs, PCSBV’s spring grief-support programming:

Drop-in Virtual Grief Support Group
Wednesday evenings, 7-8 PM by Zoom. Participants email Bill to receive the link.

Canmore Grief Support Walking Group
Wednesday afternoons, 4:45 PM, meeting by the public mailboxes on Riverside Road adjacent to Riverside Park

Banff Grief Support Walking Group
Wednesday afternoons, 4:30 PM, meeting at Fenlands Rec Center lobby.
 
These groups are drop-in, and are open to anybody, 18+ grieving a loss. Visit the facebook page to find out more.

For more information, contact Bill at bill.harder@pcsbv.ca
Parkinson Association of Alberta Canmore Support Group

Everyone is welcome! This Support Group is open to individuals with Parkinson's Disease, spouses, care partners, family members and friends.

The group provides opportunities to learn up-to-date information on Parkinson’s, shares tips and resources, promotes connections to the Parkinson's community and provides support.

2nd Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 pm

If you’re interested in joining, please contact Emma or Jordan at
403-243-9901 for information and registration.
Bow Valley Stroke Support Group Meeting

Have you or someone you know suffered a stroke? This is an opportunity to join us for a virtual 'living with stroke' monthly meeting in a safe supportive environment with other survivors who can identify with how all aspects of our lives have been affected.

We offer fellowship, encouragement, and conversation. We meet for friendship, education, and to express where we are in a space with people who understand. 


NEXT Zoom meeting: Thursday May 19 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Call or email for more info: 403-763-8418 or  beginning2c@gmail.com.

The Bow Valley Primary Care Network is now on Instagram!
Please follow us at instagram.com/bowvalleypcn!

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.