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                              Special Notice:

                         ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

                  7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014

                       3rd Floor Colloquium Room
                 Chase Building, Dalhousie University
                     6316 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS

   All are welcome to attend this meeting. However, only members in good
standing are eligible to vote on the motions presented or be nominated for
office.  Proxy voting is not permitted.

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April 22nd, 29th and May 6th, 2014
                        Exploring Ethics Through Film

                 Tuesdays, April 22, 29  & May 6 (7:00 p.m.)

                  Spring Garden Rd. Memorial Public Library
                       5381 Spring Garden Rd., Halifax

            Admission free.  All are welcome.  Come early, seating is
                           limited.  No reservations.

   This film series will explore the ethics of organ transplantation as
part of our ongoing (twice annual) program - Exploring Ethics Through Film.

   The films will be screened on three consecutive Tuesday evenings (April
22, April 29, and May 6).  Each screening will be followed by a conversation
about the issues raised in the film, facilitated by an ethicist affiliated
with the Novel Tech Ethics research group.

   April 22: 65_RedRoses - A young woman waits for a double lung transplant
(with Robyn MacQuarrie)

   April 29: The Market: The Trade in Human Organs - Personal stories about
the organ trade in Canada and India (with Matthew Herder)

   May 6: Xenotransplantation: The International Debate - Exploring the
medical use of animal organs and tissues (with Andrew Fenton)

April 23rd, 2014
           The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Presents:

                         Film Screening: Persepolis

   Diversity Spotlight Film Screening: Persepolis, Wednesday, April 23 at
7:00 p.m., Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road,
Halifax, NS.

   Join us for the free film screening of Oscar-nominated animated film
Persepolis (2007), which is based on Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical
graphic novel of the same name.  The story follows a young girl as she comes
of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.  The film is an
Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Feature and co-winner of the 2007
Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

   Persepolis is presented in French with English subtitles and is rated
PG 13.  The film is presented in partnership with Alliance Franšaise

May 3rd, 2014
           The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Presents:

                               Henna Workshop

   Discover Culture: Henna Workshop, Saturday, May 3, from 11:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m., Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road,

   Come learn about the history and tradition of henna - the temporary
body art that has been used in many cultures for over 5000 years.  Get
your very own small henna tattoo!  The workshop is free and for all ages.
Space is limited and registration is required.

   Email Lena Hardiman at  Discover Culture: Henna 
is presented in English in partnership with Halifax Henna. 


May 8th, 2014
           Advance Care Planning: It's How We Care for Each Other

           A free public lecture as part of the 2014 Nova Scotia
               Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference.

                Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

        Comfort Hotel Bayer's Lake, 88 Chain Lake Drive, Halifax, N.S.


   Join us for a free public talk that will feature discussions about the
importance of advance care planning - a process of communicating your wishes
for care and naming a substitute decision maker who can speak for you if you
can't speak for yourself.

May 13th, 2014
                               Caf Scientifique

                       Should Your Tax Dollars Pay for IVF?

                            Tuesday, May 13 (7:00 p.m.)

                  The Company House - 2202 Gottingen St., Halifax

           Admission free.  All are welcome.  Come early, seating is
                            limited.  No reservations.

   This CIHR Caf Scientifique (public discussion about issues in health
research) will focus on public funding for in-vitro fertilization within
provincial health care systems.

   Featuring Francoise Baylis (Cana Resear Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy),
Robyn MacQuarrie (an Obstetrician-Gynaecologist with a patient perspective)
and Janet Takefman (a psychologist from the McGill Reproductive Centre), the
discussion is sure to be lively.  Bring your questions and thoughts to share.

                Read more about all these Events and more.

   If you have any further questions, please email:
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Posted until May 31, 2014
                         Returning Home From Hospital

   Home Instead Senior Care launches public education program to help
seniors avoid hospital readmission.

    An alarmingly high number of patients are readmitted to hospital soon
after being discharged, and it is a growing concern for older adults and
their families.  According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information,
1 in 12 patients is re-admitted to hospital within 30 days of being

   Home Instead Senior Care is launching Returning Home, a public education
program to help families prepare for a loved one's homecoming and avoid a
return to the hospital. The program includes resources, strategies and
educational videos to help families navigate a loved one's return home.

   A guidebook, called Returning Home: A Guide to Your Senior Loved One's
Safe Transition Home in Canada, has also been developed and is available
free of charge by contacting Home Instead Senior Care at 902-429-2273.  It
includes questions to ask a medical professional before discharge, checklists
to ensure a safe home environment, and warning signs to watch for within
the first 30 days of being home. 

   Common conditions with a high occurrence of rehospitalisation include
heart attack, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, diabetes, comorbidity
(multiple conditions), and arthritis. 

   "Families can become extremely overwhelmed when a loved one is
transitioning from a hospital stay to home," says Jeanie Burke, President
of Home Instead Senior Care.  "These challenges can be a matter of logistics -
such as the time of discharge, whether their loved one is prepared to leave
the hospital, understanding medication and other health-related requirements,
and the next steps of their recovery plan.  It can be very confusing and
there can easily be a breakdown in communication."

   Burke understands the challenges families face having experienced this
first hand, both personally and professionally.  While having a routine
blood test, Burke's mother - who suffers from a heart condition - experienced
a heart attack and was admitted to hospital.  A few days later, Burke's
mother was ready to be discharged and her 92-year-old father was contacted
to pick her up, rather than Burke as planned.

   Once her mother was comfortably settled in at home, Burke's father went
out to the local pharmacy to fill her prescription.  The physical activity
from the day's events quickly caught up with him and he suffered a heart
attack upon arriving home with his wife's medication.  He was rushed to
the hospital. 

   When older adults are sent home unprepared, they can misplace or
misunderstand discharge instructions leaving them vulnerable to a hospital
readmission.  To reduce this risk, a combination of specific care and
coordination can secure a safe and successful transition.  Home Instead
Senior Care has prepared important recommendations for family caregivers to
consider before a loved one's discharge, which include:

   - Determine who will pick-up your loved one and get them settled in at
home, and whether a special mode of transportation is required.  Consider
length of travel, parking, stairs, etc.

   - Select a family representative to complete the forms required before
leaving the hospital.

   - Prepare the home to accommodate a safe return - assistive devices,
needs and resources.

   - Understand the next steps in recovery - follow-up appointment(s),
rehab, who to contact in case of a relapse.

   - Make sure you know how and when new medication(s) should be taken.

   - Understand the care requirements for your loved one to recover at
home safely.

   - Determine who will be the primary family caregiver.  Who will be the
back-up caregiver? 

  "It is important that families are aware of the post-discharge care options
available in order to make a well-informed decision that will help ensure a
loved one's successful recovery," adds Burke.  "An older adult can benefit
from a third party advocate who knows the details of their health condition
and medications, and can act as a second set of ears or ask for clarification
as required."

   Home Instead Senior Care can support the needs of a senior, and his/her
family, with discharge coordination and execution, medication management,
nutrition management, assistance with follow up appointments and monitoring
for potential warning signs.  Materials from the public education program are
available at  To request a copy of the Returning Home
guidebook, or for more information about how to safely transition your loved
one home, call Home Instead Senior Care at 902-429-2273. 

   In Canada, there are 34 independently owned Home Instead Senior Care
offices. In addition to Halifax, there are locations in Charlottetown,
Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton.  There are also 19 in Ontario - 10
in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as in Barrie, Ottawa, Hamilton, 
Peterborough, Sudbury, London, Windsor, Waterloo Kingston and Niagara Falls.
Five are in B.C. - in Kelowna, Port Coquitlam, Vancouver, Victoria and White
Rock. Services include companionship, meal preparation, medication
reminders, light housekeeping, and help with errands and shopping. Home
Instead CAREGivers SM provide services at the client's home or in care
facilities from a few hours per week up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

   For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Natalie Smith | Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Home Instead Senior Care, Suite 485, 5991 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS | Tel: 902-429-2273 | Email:


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