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  Discussions continue around National Pharmacare
   - Article by Allison Martell - 
Canadian election clears path for universal drug plan

Please see the letter from the Pharmacare Now Coalition and the impressive number of organizations that have signed on!
 - Bill Berryman, Provincial RTO President

  RTO Pre-Retirement presentation for NSTU members
  NSTC Alumni Reunion 2020

RTO Events for 2019-2020 - Details posted as confirmed.

Details for each event will be emailed to RTO members.





Wed. Sept. 4         10:00 am Not Back to School Coffee/Tea Event at Port Wallis Church, Waverley Road, September 4, from 10-12.
Special guest, Bill Berryman, RTO President
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A

Wed. Sept. 11        10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre


1st Speaker Series Event - Erin Crosby, Community Support Services

Topic: VON programs and services

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Thurs. Sept. 19 RTO NSTU Bowling Begins
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Sept. 25


Bus Field Trip: Exploring Historic Landmarks of Halifax (and lunch).
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A


Rescheduled for April 8
Woodlawn Library Theatre
Speaker Series Event - Susan Howlett nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Mon. Nov. 4 Fine Arts and Craft Fair
bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Nov. 13         10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre


Speaker Series Event - Peggy Ludlow

Topic: Navigating the Travel Maze


nancy@barkhouse.ca *P
Tues. Dec. 3


Traditional Christmas Tea

bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Jan. 8           10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre


Cancelled due to snow storm - will be rescheduled and reposted.


Speaker Series Event - Lindsay Wallace, Geriatric Medicine Research Unit, Dal/NS Health Authority 

Topic - Frailty - a key risk factor for dementia

Promo: As our population ages, the number of people suffering from dementia is increasing rapidly. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia (a syndrome of memory and functional impairment). Since so many clinical trials for drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease have failed, understanding other ways to target treatments and prevention is valuable. Frailty can explain the discrepancy between the ‘hallmark’ features of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain (‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’) and their ability to cause the dementia syndrome: the more frail you are, the less plaques and tangles are needed to produce dementia symptoms. In this way, treating frailty may reduce the burden of dementia on patients, families, and the health care system.

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Wed. Jan. 29

January Book Club

Our January book title is “My Sister’s  Keeper” by Jodi Picoult. We will meet at Starbucks in Chapters Mic Mac Mall @ 10:00 - 11:00.
We meet every last Wednesday of the month.

bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. Feb. 12          10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre



Speaker Series Event
Lianne Bradshaw is a Senior Investigator with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission.
 In this presentation, Lianne will discuss how the Nova Scotia Securities Commission can assist investors who have complaints about investment firms, frauds, and new initiatives aimed at seniors.  Lianne will discuss types of investment fraud and current treats in the marketplace.  At the end of the presentation, you will have greater knowledge that you can use to protect yourself from becoming a victim of investment fraud. Lianne will give you practical tips from real cases you can use today from her many years as an investigator.  This presentation will be casual with lots of opportunity for questions and discussion.  The topics will include general knowledge about the industry and regulation, what to watch out for, what to do if you’ve been a target, and new threats and scams.
nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Wednesday - Feb 26

February Book Club

Our February book title is "Ava Come Home" by Leslie Crewe.  We will meet at Starbucks, Mic Mac Mall @ 10:00 - 11:00.  We meet the last Wednesday of every month.

bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Feb TBA Pub Trivia Night   *A
February 18             1:30-3:30 Bowling, Bowlarama, Halifax 
$8.00: includesshoes, three games, cake and prizes
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Mar. 6-7

RTO Provincial Curling Bonspiel

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Wed. Mar. 11         10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre


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Speaker Series Event - Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy

Topic: The Fountain of Health for Optimal Aging 

Promo: The Fountain of Health is a  non-profit association sharing the science of brain health and resilience, with tools to promote healthy aging. Learn about the science, methods and supports you need to effectively take charge of your health future! 

Bio: Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy is a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Academic Director of Dalhousie’s Geriatric Psychiatry Program at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She is the founder of the Fountain of Health, a national non-profit association for knowledge translation promoting brain health and resilience (www.fountainofhealth.ca).  She is a national leader in late life psychotherapy, past lecturer on Late Life Psychotherapies for the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry (CAGP) National Review Course, and author of a manualized Enhanced CBT Group Therapy program.

Dr. Cassidy is the recipient of several national awards including the 2016 CAGP’s Outstanding Contributions in Geriatric Psychiatry Award, the 2018 CIHR Betty Havens Prize for Knowledge Translation in Aging, and the 2019 Canadian Psychiatric Association’s (CPA) ACPC/ADDPC Award for Creative Professional Activity.

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Wed. Apr. 8            10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
Speaker Series Event - Dr. Susan Howlett, Department of Pharmacology, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Heart Health Lab

Topic: Impact of age and sex hormones on heart function: why studies in young male animals are not enough

Promo: The heart changes during the normal aging process, even in the absence of cardiovascular disease. We suspect that these changes set the stage for the development of heart diseases in later life. In our laboratory, we are exploring how the heart changes with age in mice to help us understand the underlying reasons for the effects of age on the heart. In our studies we discovered that the influence of age on the heart differs between the sexes. Therefore, we have started to explore the role of sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, in these age-related modifications in heart function. These fundamental findings help us understand cardiac aging and the reasons that older men and women tend to develop different cardiovascular diseases as they age.
nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
May - details to follow Painting on Silk Workshop, Findlay Centre bfourgnaud@hotmail.com *A
Wed. May 13          10:00 am
Woodlawn Library Theatre
Speaker Series Event - Health Service

Tina McPhee - The Community Health Team

The Community Health Team (CHT) is a community health model that focuses on the promotion of health and wellness. CHTs support individuals and families to build knowledge, confidence, and skills to help make healthy lifestyle choices and to better prevent and manage risk factors that are common across chronic conditions.  Each CHT collaborates with many partners, and is working to strengthen links across the health system, and involves the participation of the community it serves.  CHTs are led by Primary Health Care, Nova Scotia Health Authority, in partnership with the IWK Health Centre.  For more information, visit www.communityhealthteams.ca

Suzy Teubner - 211 Services

Navigating the expansive network of community and social services provided by government and the not for profit sector can be challenging. With the launch of 211 Nova Scotia in February of 2013, thousands of community and social services available across the province are now just a phone call or mouse click away.

nancy@barkhouse.ca *P 
Revised February 19, 2020

Halifax County RTO Executive


Provincial RTO Links

RTO Deals & Discounts

RTO Newsletters  (Fall 2019)

  Pharmacare advisory council calls for national drug agency...
  Pension Regulation Change re Extension of the number of substitute days allowed
  Staples Discount for RTO Members


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