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You've Got a Friend In Me - Caregiving/ Dementia

You’ve Got a Friend in Me Short - Films and discussion on caregiving and dementia.

Sunday June 9th - 1:30 pm

You Gotta Friend In Me (Caregiving/Dementia)

Speakers: Lisa Poole,

Lisa Poole is a family caregiver & provides insight from the perspective of lived experience. Her father, John has vascular dementia. Lisa is on Dementia Network Calgary’s Strategic Council, the board of Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S., founded Dementia Connections Magazine and is involved with several other dementia-related community initiatives.

 Daniel Gaetano

Daniel lives in Calgary, Alberta and since 2015 has been the fulltime care partner for his wife of 31 years, Janet, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia in 2010 at the age of 53. Prior to his taking on the role of fulltime care partner, Daniel, as a CPA, was a VP Finance for the beverage recycling organization in Alberta. Janet has recently moved into a residence and Daniel has started to focus his attention on advocacy for improving the services and lives for those living with Dementia.


“Superhero” is the true story of a family that loses what it believes to be its foundation when dementia incapacitates their father in profound ways. In the midst of all the losses, however, the family discovers that what dementia takes away can be remembered by a superpower that their father had prepared them to call upon all along.
Late Afternoon

Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She drifts back through her memories to relive different moments from her life. Emily must look to her past so that she may fully connect with the present.


Diego, a young circus artist, must return home and reunite with his brothers after their ninety-three year old grandmother, América, falls from her bed, causing their father to be jailed under accusation of elder neglect.

Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. He believes América, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell willfully, to bring the separated family back together.

But Diego’s dream of familial cohesion fades as the brothers clash over money, communication, and the considerable challenge of offering full-time care to América.

Later Event: June 9
Aging in Place Workshop