World COPD Day Celebration with Lanark Renfrew Lung Health Program

The Lanark Renfrew Lung Health Program is hosting an event on Wednesday November 15th to bring awareness to World COPD Day and PEP is going to be there to help celebrate! The event will take place from 12 pm – 4 pm at the Smiths Falls Arena, Community Room. Guest speakers will talk about: What is COPD COPD Management Exercise and COPD (and will have participants moving!) Advance Care Planning And Keynote Speaker – Doug […]

PEP Offers Saturday Morning Respite Time During Busy Holiday Season

PEP is excited to announce that they will be offering Saturday morning respite time for caregivers over the busy Holiday Season. Who would benefit from the program? Caregivers in need of respite time leading up to the busy Holiday Season as well as seniors looking for additional opportunities to socialize. “We felt that there is a need to support caregivers during the busy Holiday Season. Caregivers would have the opportunity to run errands, complete holiday […]

Thank you to everyone that supported the Highlands Hunt Adventure Race – 2017

We would like to thank everyone that participated, donated, sponsored and volunteered at our Annual Highlands Hunt. The day was a lot of fun and a great success! A special thank you to Healthybooks Bookkeeping, Sean McAdoo and Jeannette Bosman for their support of the day. The winners can be seen on our Highlands Hunt Adventure Race Event Page on this website. Hope to see you next year!   Are you ready for your next […]

Breathe Well Live Well Program (COPD) – Tuesday Afternoons in Perth

  The Breathe Well Live Well Program is geared towards supporting clients with acute and chronic lung diseases. Although we have had clients attend who just enjoy the exercise class. Who Would benefit from the program? Those whose lives are affected by impaired lung function due to: COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Chronic Bronchitis, Lung Transplant, Emphysema and Chronic Asthma. Our Breathe Well Live Well Program is designed to help clients gain knowledge of their disease, manage […]

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 http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/alzheimers/sage-test/Pages/index.aspx 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 […]