About Where Next?

Where Next? A Path for Caregivers evolved as a response to the obstacles and challenges my mother and I encountered during the last 9 years of her life. Although I cannot predict what is next on anyone else's path, I hope our experiences will guide others to where help can be found.

This program supports family caregivers through:

1. A Manitoba website which is a one-stop shop for information and local supports to caregivers.
2. Workshops that provide caregivers with a toolbox full of information, tips and local resources. One of the greatest causes of caregiver stress is time spent searching for services. This program brings services and strategies to the caregiver.
3. Presentations to raise awareness of the impact of caregiving in the community and in the workplace.

Note: Where Next? is not affiliated with any private eldercare service. Fees charged for workshops and presentations are minimal and cover only some of the costs of materials and photocopies.

Caregiving: Implications for the Workplace Listen to Wendy Sutton's interview on the Legacy Bowes Site. March 6, 2011. It may take 2-3 minutes to load. 
I would like to thank All Seniors Care: Sturgeon Creek I for sponsoring the pilot of this pogram.

My Story 
Eight years ago, I retired from a 30 year teaching career at age 60. Two years previously I was treated for breast cancer. I did not want to delay my retirement until 65 feeling that my active retirement years could be limited.  I had plans to retire to Vancouver Island and to teach overseas possibly with an international school. Travel was a big part of my dream. By September, it was obvious that my mother was entering the early stages of dementia. I was her only support in Winnipeg. My mom was upset and resistant to giving up her independence. She would not admit to memory loss, opposed the idea of moving to assisted living and giving up her car. Our mother/daughter experiences are common. It is often an extremely stressful process for everyone involved. My mom’s loss of independence was my loss of independence as well. What surprised me was that everyone I talked to who was going through this time of transition was experiencing similar frustrations and felt as if they were finding their own way. I saw a need for some way to share information and create an easily accessible bank of knowledge.
At the time I began planning this program, I thought I knew a great deal about the issues of aging. I am amazed at what I keep learning. Interviews with professionals keep revealing more supports, more practical suggestions, more inside tips. Other caregivers share valuable information and strategies. I am constantly saying, "I didn't know that!"
Wendy Sutton

1 comment :

  1. The work Wendy is doing is critical to both elders and their caregivers. I feel like I have a huge toolbox to help me carry on.