Newsletter: October 28, 2013

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

We are a registered non-profit society whose objective is to offer information and support to those living with ADHD in the Greater Edmonton Area through awareness, education and resources.

You are invited!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, November 6 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

*The presentation by Marliss Meyer on Oppositional Defiant Disorder is postponed to December 4th.
The parent group will be watching a portion of the “Smart But Scattered” DVD with Dr. Peg Dawson followed by a discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, November 20 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

University Hospital, Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. (See attached map, including directions).

This will be a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. At this time a Partner Support Group will move to another location for their round table discussion of issues that they face living with Adult ADHD partners. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group met on October 2nd for a lively and informed discussion with new and returning participants.

The Adult Support Group which met on October 16th was treated to a personal and powerful presentation by Linda Tilley, a Registered Psychologist, on the topic of relationships involving ADHD adults. The audience resonated with her stories and strategies. The feedback was very positive and participants requested a return engagement. This presentation will be on our website for downloading.

Cathie Crooks was able to attend the CUP (Community and University Partnership) annual report session at City Hall October 17th. Mr. Steve MacDonald, Deputy Minister of Alberta Human Services, was there as a speaker. Cathie was able to talk to Mr. MacDonald before the meeting got rolling. He was impressed by the work that AAGE is doing; she made it clear that it was all done by volunteers. Cathie noted that we have almost 1000 people on our mailing list. She spoke to him about the need to access the system and supports and that family doctors who knew about ADHD were few and far between. Their department’s focus is on communications and partnerships with community-based groups and so our work is directly in line with the approach of the Social Policy Framework.

Upcoming Events

December 4: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist, will be speaking about ADHD and Opposition Defiant Disorder in Children at the Parent Support Group.

Sometime this winter: Watch for more information about a Winter Family Event!

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further information.

Connections

AAGE works closely with other groups in the area that offer information to our members about speakers, workshops and activities that they are sponsoring . Please check out our website for links to Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca) and Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com).

Education

Educating ourselves about ADHD or Executive Dysfunction is one of the most important tools one can use to assist with coping strategies.

Following are some sources for information.

  • ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth signing up for their weekly newsletters.
  • Webcasts: ​ADDitude Magazine‘s ADHD Expert Podcasts and Live Webinars address topics that will  help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life.They are  hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude Magazine.
  • Totally ADD: Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, have produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD. Rick shares his own journey through Adult ADHD with a comedic approach toward his challenges. This website offers many resources and webinars addressing childhood and adult ADHD.
  • Book Review: One of our facilitators likes The Complete Idiots Guide to Adult ADHD by Eileen Bailey and Donald Haupt, M.D. According to the back cover, “This book has loads of simple, to-the-point information on managing ADHD symptoms,finding the best treatment options, and more.” This is not a book you need to read cover-to-cover but a quick reference to any particular topic. It is easy to read with clear topic headings and concise information.
  • CanLearn in Calgary – More Than Just Making Lists! A 10 Week Intervention Group for Adults with AD/HD. You will have the opportunity to implement, practice, and review the strategies learned. For more information about registering for this program, please contact the CanLearn Society.
    Where: CanLearn Society (formerly Calgary Learning Centre), 3930 – 20 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank Charlotte Schuller for volunteering to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facitilies, and any other locations that will reach those affected by ADHD.
  • We would like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • If you have a book or an article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens, or adults, please nominate it for a review that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Our new website is almost here and we will celebrate its arrival!
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

AAGE Executive

Rachel Rogers, President
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Chris Evans, Member at large and Acting Financial Manager
Dorothy Comfort, Member at Large and Publisher of the Newsletter

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca
Website: www.adhdedmonton.com