When a senior falls ill, or suffers an injury or a change in circumstance, knowing what to do next can appear a bureaucratic labyrinth.
Anne Duggan, who runs a seniors advice and advocacy company, hosts ‘The Balancing Act’, a free information evening, at the Sidney All Care Residence, on March 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The two-hour event includes three speeches, live music and six kiosks, with interesting topics such as art and writing. Guests are encouraged to bring a friend or family.
In addition to Duggan, dietitian Jenneke van Hemert and physiotherapist Laura Stewart will speak.
“The two things that keep people independent, that doctors often forget, are good physio and mobility and good nutrition,” says Duggan.
Stewart and van Hemert both run services catering to seniors. Stewart goes to seniors’ homes to help them with their mobility and physical therapy needs while van Hemert makes meals aimed at seniors’ nutritional needs and delivers.
“I’m a navigator,” says Duggan. “The world of healthcare has become like a new language to the elderly. And there are so many people trying to get their money. It can be overwhelming for them and their families.”
Time will be allocated for guests to visit the kiosks and ask questions of the panelists.
Duggan, who is in her 80s and has over 25 years experience in her field, says she wants to keep the event fun and light-hearted, as well as delivering important information.
“I want to create the opportunity for each person to live as independently and holistically as possible,” said Duggan.
The event will be held in the auditorium of the Sidney All Care Residence,2269 Mills Rd. For more information about the event call 778-351-2505.