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Retired psychotherapist speaks at SOS event

The SOS (Support Our Seniors) Comox Valley will have a guest speaker Jan. 6 in the Lower Native Sons Hall in Courtenay.

The meeting is from 2 to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.

The speaker will be Lisa Stalder, a retired, family physician/psychotherapist from Saskatchewan.

She practised in the extreme climate of the Prairies for 28 years, “shedding light when she could find a flashlight,” as she puts it, and then “wisely moved to the Comox Valley.”

Dr. Stalder was deeply rewarded by an early career experience in geriatric medicine and now finds herself increasingly interested in the care of seniors.

She explains that her interest is “perhaps because she is on the other side of 60, but mainly because, as Woody Paige says, “If you can remain calm, you don’t have all the facts.”

She adds that, “Advocacy for Seniors is not a pastime; it is essential to humanity.”

The talk, sprinkled with humour, will address some of the unique aspects of seniors’ health care and focus on tips to assist the senior in the navigation of the “golden years.”

Stalder will use her medical experience to deliver practical solutions and will suggest some of the very positive ways to create a future that supports self determination and a collaborative relationship with the current medical system.

There will be discussion, updates on issues and refreshments.    For more information, call Gwyn at 250-338-6265 or Jennifer at 250-334-2321.

— Support Our Seniors

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