Frequently Asked Questions

Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia.

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that occur when brain cells stop functioning properly. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy bodies, Frontotemporal Dementia, and Mixed Dementia. These diseases affect our memory, thinking, emotions, and ability to perform everyday tasks.

Regardless of the type of dementia and the parts of the brain that are affected, each person experiences dementia uniquely. This is why The Dementia Society advocates for and employs an individualized approach to care. This takes into account the whole person living with dementia and their unique needs and circumstances to support them, along with the needs of their caregivers and families.

Click here to learn more about dementia

Appetite and taste can be affected for a number of reasons. Sometimes you just go “off” certain foods. But notable changes in mood and behaviour, loss of the ability to perform activities of daily living or struggling to find your words may signal something else. It may be something easily addressed through medication or treatment, or it may be a symptom of something more complex. Don’t hesitate, get it checked out.

Read about the 10 warning signs of dementia.

While researchers are working diligently to better understand the causes of the various forms of dementia, we do know that keeping physically and mentally active can help prevent, delay, and slow dementia.

Activity helps to increase your brain’s cognitive reserve: its ability to compensate for damage caused by dementia. And, even if COVID-19 and social distancing make things more challenging, take time to go out for a walk, connect safely with a friend, and enjoy your hobbies to do your brain a favour. The brain loves a challenge! You can take steps to help prevent dementia and slow the process if you have a diagnosis.

Read about the 7 ways you can boost your brain health. 

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Current & Upcoming Programs

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Arts and Minds series is an opportunity for people living with dementia and their partner to explore and experience art. This program allows participants to share their insights, enjoy and discuss artworks in the National Art Gallery.

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Living Room Live Concert Series is a monthly program hosted in partnership with Carefor that features local musicians performing a 45 minute virtual concert.

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The Dementia Society Lending Library is available for caregivers and people living with dementia. It provides access to all kinds of products that help to enhance quality of life.

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Dementia can be highly isolating, and the pandemic has only made life more challenging. The Dementia Society’s Make a Connection initiative opens new windows for people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy connected lives.

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This program provides an opportunity for people living with dementia and their friends and family to experience a live, virtual musical performance.

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Experience the joy and the power of music. Joyful Sound Ottawa is an intergenerational community choir for people with memory loss, their caregivers, and friends. Participants will form a choir and sing along with their peers resulting in a performance at the end of the series.

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Instructor, Liz Spence will guide participants through an art class where participants will use water colours and crayons to paint. Reference images will also be provided to help participants to enjoy an easy and colourful art class.

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Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

Activities, Support & Services

Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

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This peer support group covers topics related to caring for a loved one living in long term care or a retirement home, as well as general caring topics related to dementia.

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Support Group
Our caregiver peer support groups provide a safe environment to learn, share, express and help each other through mutual understanding and support. These groups are co-facilitated by an individual with lived experience with dementia, and a trained Dementia Society Care Coach. Experience a compassionate environment and receive up-to-date, accurate information.

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Project Lifesaver combines radio technology with coordinated police response to locate wandering and disoriented people due to cognitive issues like dementia. With an average rescue time of 30 minutes, Project Lifesaver can reduce the potential for injury and save lives.