Thank you to Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group

The Perth Enrichment Program has a little more pep in its step after a $5000 donation from the Commonwell Insurance Group on Jan.10.  Pauline Fitchett, the executive director at the Perth Enrichment Program (PEP), said she was thrilled with the donation, which will go a long way to help support programming and transportation costs. PEP offers a program of care, direction and therapy, which focuses on helping older adults stay healthy and remain at home […]

PEP Expanding to Smiths Falls

NEW PEP SENIOR DAY PROGRAM OPEN IN SMITHS FALLS PEP is pleased to announce that we will are offering our day program in Smiths Falls one day per week. This program is supported in part by United Way Lanark County. A HUGE thank you to the United Way for supporting this initiative.   The day program is running on Thursdays starting on July 5th. We wanted to let our PEP clients, their families and the community know about this exciting […]

Cancellation & Attendance Policy

Service Interruption Protocol (in the event of inclement weather) The PEP Senior Therapeutic Centre strives to offer services and programs that are planned with the safety of clients, caregivers, volunteers and staff in mind. As such, PEP’s program recognizes that there will be times during the year when there will be inclement weather conditions. PEP will remain open for clients that wish to attend (even when the buses are cancelled) however, we will not be providing […]

Programs at PEP

Detailed aspects of our program include exercise and fall prevention training, health optimization interventions, advocacy for seniors, medication monitoring and family caregiver leave. Participants will receive nutritional mid-morning and afternoon snacks, as well as a three course lunch each day they are in the program. Family and caregivers to older adults within the program will receive not only much needed daytime respite, but will also be provided with professional counseling and social work services. More […]

Art Therapy At PEP

This Spring our program participants have flourished under the direction of Julie McIntyre during our art therapy segments.  We know the importance of this amazing component of our day program, and look forward to encouraging the artist within all of our program participants! What Is Art Therapy? The first thing you need to understand about therapy involving art is how it works and its overall goals. As the name implies, art therapy is the therapeutic […]

PEP’s New Gardening Program!

  Thanks to the generosity of Shawn McAdoo, Perth Home Hardware, students from PDCI under the direction of shop teacher Greg Truelove, and Gemmel’s in Smiths Falls, PEP has launched a gardening component to our day program. These beautiful raised garden boxes allow our older adults to be able to sit or stand and participate in gardening. Thanks to all our donors who continue to put the Unity in Community!!

15 Minute At Home Memory Test Spots Alzheimer’s Early

The SAGE test can be taken at home by patients, who can then share the results with their physicians to help spot early symptoms of cognitive issues such as early dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have confirmed the feasibility and efficiency of the tool for community screening. The results are published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Self-administered test (SAGE) helps spot early Alzheimer’s Memory disorders researchers visited 45 community […]

Good Lifestyle Choices Can Slow The Progression Of Dementias

Christmas family gatherings are great opportunities for discussing the needs of loved ones in our lives, and taking steps to plan lifestyle changes in the new year.  Good lifestyle choices are proven to slow the progression of dementias in older adults.  Alzheimer’s disease continues to steal memories in alarming numbers. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day for the next two decades, it’s not surprising Baby Boomers now fear memory loss more than cancer, heart […]

Good Humor Is Good Medicine for Seniors

Part of our mandate at Perth Enrichment Program, is to help relieve stress – and alleviate depression.  When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. Here’s why. Whether you’re gustily guffawing at an episode of “MASH” or quietly giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. Stress relief from laughter A good […]

Integrated Care for Older Adults and Their Families

Part of our mandate includes enhancing the older adult under our care by supporting their care-givers. Families can be educated on the nature of the condition their loved one is experiencing, and coached in how to respond to it. They will receive regular objective updates on the functionality of the patients as well as a better sense of the rate of change, leading to better planning. They will be tied into existing community groups and […]