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January 17th 2012:What my Grandma means to say

JC Sulzenko, ”JC”, is the author of a one-act play about dementia for children, "What my grandma means to say". Kristen Irvine is a Personal Support Worker currently supporting her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. JC explains how she came to write the play. Kristen describes the things she’s learned about Alzheimer’s disease by helping her Grandma. JC reads the play, and tells us about the young people it’s written for. She talks about audience reactions. Kristen describes her reaction JC shares her plans for taking the play to more audiences, and Kristen provides suggestions for rea

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Kristen Irvine

Kristen Irvine lives in Aylmer, Québec. She graduated with honours from the Personal Support Worker Program and Certification Exam at Ontario’s Thames Valley District School Board Adult and Continuing Education. She participated in the Information Series on Alzheimer’s disease. Her experience includes working with patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in a lock-down unit, work in private home care, and services of companionship sitting. She’s currently supporting her grandmother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and who lives at the Glebe Center, a long-term care home. She also works with Down syndrome clients to help them to learn daily tasks, and to help them integrate into a social
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JC Sulzenko

JC Sulzenko, ”JC”, known for her work with young or emerging writers, received the Ottawa Public Library’s Order of Friendship in 2010 for outstanding volunteer service as a judge in the annual Awesome Author's contest and as co-editor of the anthologies of winning entries. Her one-act play for children, "What my grandma means to say", pictures Alzheimer’s disease. It’s used by The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa, among others, in outreach programs for young people. The storybook adapted from the play launched at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. It’s available from General Store Publishing House (www.gsph.com). Her poetry and prose have been heard and published in national and local
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