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Strawberry shortcake and Alzheimer’s Support
find sweet spot at PWL Stettler

July 17th, 2018

Every year, Dean Cowan puts on a Strawberry Social for people in his Alzheimer’s support groups. This year, his first one in Stettler, was hosted by Points West Living Stettler, and residents and family members in the PWL community were happy to join in.

We have the room

Norma Leslie (left), whose husband Jim (right) has been living at PWL Stettler for about six months, regularly attends Dean's support group in Stettler, and she approached General Manager Carol Dyck about hosting the tea. Carol quickly agreed, “We have the room for it, and the families who might be interested in learning more.”

A very good turnout

Recreation coordinator Jenn Dixon spread the word, with posters and interactions, and when the meeting time arrived, about ten families came out; a very good turnout for the group. PWL Stettler provided the space, and Dean brought the strawberry shortcake and lemonade.

“We were hoping to have it outside but the weather was bad that day,” says Jenn. “Everyone had a great time, and Dean answered everyone’s questions.”

"This resulted in a great community partnership," adds Carol, who says she hopes to be able to host more of the Alzheimer's Support Group meetings in the future. "It benefits not only our residents and their families, but people from Stettler and surrounding towns as well."

"The group I attended saved my life"

Dean facilitates two support groups in his home community of Red Deer, as well as the Stettler Alzheimer’s Support Group. He says, “The reason I facilitate all three groups is because I honestly believe the group I attended saved my life. Care partners undergo a very stressful time in their personal life.”

Dean says his Stettler support group regularly meets at 1:30-PM on the second Wednesday of every month (except summer) at Stettler & District Family and Community Support Services.

Photo: Bob and Norma Leslie were happy to join with other families at the Alzheimer’s Support Group annual Strawberry Social, held at PWL Stettler in June.

More photos at: Flickr: Strawberry shortcake and Alzheimer’s Support find sweet spot at PWL Stettler

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