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Let’s address loneliness…. PLAN ezine

March 1st, 2016

PLAN’s monthly ezine covers relevant news and stories related to disability
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Let’s Address Loneliness: February 2016

If you are a listener of CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti, you may have heard her recent interview with rising disability advocate Helen Ries. Helen is a writer, thinker, community activist, and professional consultant, and is also increasingly becoming one of the key voices in Canada around the issue of transition planning for taking care of people with disabilities when the parents pass away. Like many of us have been, and will be, Helen was thrust into the role of primary caregiver for her brother Paul after their parents passed away. Helen has her own website, paulsextendedfamily.ca, which she uses to build the support network for her brother, and also blogs about her journey as a sibling caregiver.

We invite you to read a piece that Helen has written exclusively for PLAN on the challenges and solutions around isolation and loneliness. Written from the fiercely loyal yet pragmatic closeness that only a sibling has, this piece combines both raw reality and sunny optimism in a way that we think you will find to be both challenging and comforting all at once.

We also invite you to join a national webcast being offered by our PLAN Affiliate in Toronto, Partners for Planning, called “Addressing Loneliness”. This hour-long webinar is an inspiring talk that features a number of families and advocates sharing their processes in building informal and formal relationship networks. The heart of PLAN.

I know Your Loneliness

By Helen Ries

I can see the little picture poking out from under your pillow. It is dog-eared and crumpled but the smiling faces of our mother and father still beam up from the glossy paper. You have been sleeping with this picture by your side for over a year now.

I know you are full of grief and loneliness. I can feel that.

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Nurture Friendships

By Al Etmanski, excerpt from Safe and Secure

There is probably no one who can ever look after your relative with the same persistence, interest, and determination as you do. That’s a fact. However, unless you’ve tapped into the fountain of youth, you won’t be around forever. That’s a fact, too. So what’s the next best thing?

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Join us for a free webcast on Addressing Loneliness

March 3 at 7 p.m. PST

Plan Institute would like to invite you to join us for an inspiring webcast designed to teach families about the process of supporting their loved-one with a disability to build informal and formal relationship networks.

You will learn:

  • How to observe and awaken the strengths, interests and passions of your loved one
  • How ‘regular places, typical things and ordinary people’ help vulnerable people to flourish
  • The elements of a successful network, why each one is unique and ever-changing
  • 5 practical actions encouraging supportive relationships
  • Why an inclusive society benefits everyone
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