The Active Aging Showcase was held in Hanover on October 1st, 2019. Several agencies and organizations, including Gateway, were present, providing information to active seniors in the Grey Bruce Counties. Tanya Shutes was the keynote speaker and her presentation on loneliness and social isolation among seniors was well received. We would like to thank the Age Friendly Committee for hosting the event and inviting us to attend.
This fall our Chair of Rural Pharmacy, Dr. Feng Chang will be providing leadership to two co-op students; Elizabeth Ibrahim and Courtney Simpson. They will be helping on a few interesting projects that are being conducted in concert with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy such as the "My Plan" project and an opioid deprescribing project. My Plan is a project that focuses on integrative health coaching for those affected by dementia that is lead our Chair of Rural Health Coaching, Sheila Scheuhlein. These students, along with Shayna Melady, are a welcome addition to our Gateway team.
What you don't know may be limiting your financial success!
On November 5th (7 pm to 9 pm), Bruno De Pace (Director Practice Management Strategic Business Development at CI Investments Inc.) will be presenting on several financial topics such as:
- The reasoning behind biases
- What motivates our actions and decisions
- The invisible traps
- The top mistakes that investors are prone to make
- Tips to overcome your blind spots and lead to more positive investment results
At this event Gateway will be introduced and Gateway representatives will be present to answer any Gateway-related questions you may have.
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We look forward to seeing you there!
Shayna Melady is completing her Master of Public Health practicum with Gateway, and will be assisting with a variety of projects over the next eight months. Shayna completed her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science specializing in Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. After moving back to Huron County from Halifax, she began her career in Public Health. During this time, Shayna decided to peruse her Masters of Public Health through the University of Waterloo while working full-time. She is passionate about all things rural, particularly mental health and health equity.
Shayna loves to travel, although always finds herself returning back to the beautiful area of Huron and Perth counties. While not travelling, Shayna can be found spending time with her family and friends, playing hockey, or spending time outdoors canoeing, camping, running, or simply sitting on the patio. She is a smoothie-loving, sunset-chasing wanderer, and always planning her next adventure. Shayna is excited to get back to her rural roots, and work with Gateway to improve the health of our community.
On September 11th, 2019, Huron Perth Chicken Farmers played golf to raise money to support Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. Farm Credit achieved a hole in one! In addition to golf, there was also an auction. Vanden Heuvel Structures Ltd. donated a kayak with the help of Ben Lobb (MP). The proceeds from this kayak went to the Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer in honour of Brian Falconer. Thank you all for your support and generosity!
Under the tutelage of Dr. Al Lauzon from the University of Guelph, Emma Warren and Valerie Steckle did an in-depth study of Food Insecurity in Seniors in Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. They highlighted the variety of issues that cause this serious health and economic problem. Their study included interviews with 76 health care providers and local government representatives. This is the first part of a two-year study that will continue between Gateway and Guelph University through 2020.
Dr. Lauzon praised the students' work and their work ethic. Valerie and Emma will be returning to their studies in September, Valerie to do a Master’s degree at McMaster University and Emma to continue her medical studies in Dublin Ireland. In the meantime, they have contributed valuable research into the plight of many seniors in rural areas with limited income and often must make choices between household expenses and food. It is hoped that this study will affect policy in the provision of affordable healthy food for this region’s most vulnerable residents.
Dr. Lauzon has provided the funding to employ these two students. This fulfills a goal that Gateway CERH has pursued from the outset. “We have always wanted to have rural health research conducted in our rural area by local students and health practitioners and to have it funded through regional universities,” said Gateway’s President Gwen Devereaux, “ the research dollars spent here are a direct benefit to our region and greatly assist the students in funding their education.”
Shanna Cardno worked with Gwen Devereaux and Sarah Versteeg in creating a literature review of mental health issues in the farming community. Studies and data from around the world show that the farm communities worldwide suffer from aggravated mental stress. Sarah and Shanna are developing a program to evaluate the stressors of Grey, Bruce, Perth and Huron farmers and develop some effective coping strategies. Shanna is returning to Western University to continue her studies in Health Sciences.
While Grace Bonnett was unable to be present, her insight into lung clinics for poultry farmers was a valuable piece of work that will lead to more lung function testing and mask fittings. Grace is returning to University of Toronto to continue her studies in neuroscience.
Gateway was pleased to host these four students this summer. They did remarkable work and contributed significantly to the health of our region. Gateway hopes that by continually providing summer research opportunities, our young people will feel the challenges of rural health and take an interest in returning to our area when they have completed their university education.
On Monday, August 19, Gateway's Administrative Lead, Sarah Versteeg hosted a goodbye party for our summer students. This was a great chance to check out her 560 square foot house and experience what it is like to go tiny. Thank you Sarah and Josh for such a lovely evening.