The statistics are alarming: one of the greatest risk factors for dying of COVID-19 is dementia. The reasons are many and potentially complex, but the need to prioritize the 24,000+ people diagnosed with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County and their
Irene’s mom, Gail once paid a single hydro bill six different times in a month. This was not just an unusual level of devotion to Hydro Ottawa, it was very unusual for Gail herself. A former executive secretary who managed a group of more than 20 typis
Jack Philion died in the middle of a pandemic, although Covid-19 was not Jack’s cause of death. Jack’s daughter, Brigitte, feels lucky to have been able to be by his side at the end. The hardest part was knowing that the last thing he saw was only her
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The impacts of COVID-19 on us all are innumerable. However, it is safe to say the impacts of this pandemic have been disproportionally borne by residents of long-term care and retirement homes – a great majority of whom are people living with dementia
As a person living with dementia or a caregiver, you know first-hand that dementia never takes a break. And the COVID-19 pandemic is certainly no exception. The Dementia Society is your community of support. Our programs and services are now available
The Dementia Society is excited to launch a brand new initiative to help support our clients and their families during the period of physical distancing brought on by COVID-19. We will be launching Pedal Power- a foot pedal loan program as a part of ou
By Anne Tergesen, November 17, 2019 published in the Wall Street Journal There are no instant, miracle cures. But recent studies suggest we have more control over our cognitive health than we might think. It just takes some effort. Read more of this ar
Pauline Schneider has been back in Canada for a little over a year, and has spent the bulk of that year becoming involved with The Dementia Society. She began volunteering in January, doing presentations at retirement homes and other locations to teach
A drug created by the company Biogen might be able to slow the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. The company initially discontinued work on aducanumab when it started with disappointing results. They now say that a further analysis of that same data
One of the most beneficial things for a person living with dementia is to remain social. Interacting with other people and having someone to talk to is of the utmost importance, as it makes sure the brain is active and keeps spirits higher. Donna Andre
Dementia Friendly Consultant Time Commitment: Part time, flexible Supervisor: Director, Clinical Programs and Community Engagement Location: Various locations in Ottawa and Renfrew County Program Description: The Dementia Friendly Consultant is respons
I'm at the Chartwell Empress retirement home in Kanata, visiting the Girard family. This is a pretty typical Wednesday afternoon for the Girards. Sue is laid back, enjoying the sun. Sandy is a bundle of energy, pulling out lists of golfers and spreadsh
We are losing Megan, whose last day as a placement student is today! She is on to bigger and better things - like graduating from Carleton University. On her way out the door, she gave us permission to publish her final assignment: The Importance of Su
Dr. Frank Knoefel présente Science de la démence. Le 11 Juillet, Le Dr. Knoefel nous parle du vieillissement du cerveau et des différents types de démence et donne de l’information sur la recherche et les efforts en vue de trouver un remède à la maladi
Update: Benefit For Baba 2019 raised more than $3,000, making it the most successful one yet! "You shouldn't be scared just because his filing cabinet fell over!"Mackenzie Breeze Bone, age 4 Mackenzie Breeze Bone was an indignant four-year-old. A volun
When her husband John was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) in 2015, it was the first time Danielle Barrette-Marcuccio had ever heard of the disease. Dementia itself was something she and John had never really thought about until recently, b
A new, never-before studied type of dementia has been discovered. It is being called LATE dementia (this is an acronym for Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy). LATE presents many of the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s Disease, and the tw
With the release of Canada's $50 Million National Dementia Strategy, Dr. Andrew Frank of the Bruyère Memory Program spoke with Rob Snow on 580 CFRA. Dr. Frank said he was pleased that the federal platform included assistance for caregivers, and spoke a
Growing up, I loved visiting the Holtons. Tara was one of my best friends, and she had two great sisters, Diana and Laura. But another huge draw was her parents Jim and Mary Lynne, who fed me. “Hey, you ate that third burger pretty fast, would you like
Andrew Frank M.D. B.Sc.H. F.R.C.P.(C)Cognitive NeurologistMedical Director Bruyère Memory ProgramÉlisabeth Bruyère Hospital In case you weren't able to make it to Dr. Frank's talk about young onset dementia in late April, you can catch up by watching t
German is cautiously optimistic. There will be more bloodshed, but death in Venezuela is nothing new to German. He has seen enough for a lifetime.
Rosa Maria Iuliano, Tax Partner, Baker Tilly Ottawa LLP Rosa Maria Iuliano had her hands full. She was at the Walk For Dementia with her baby daughter Ida, volunteering at the registration table with her accounting firm Baker Tilly Ottawa LLP. And she
Jesika is a facilitator with the Let's Get Moving program that is held at the Churchill Seniors' Recreation Centre. She is very well-liked by all the participants, and by one woman in particular.
Linda is more than a volunteer, she’s family! She has been an invaluable asset to The Dementia Society during the past 19 years, and she shows no sign of slowing down now. She is also celebrating 25 years as a volunteer for The Good Companions - that's
Debbie does so many things around the offices of The Dementia Society that we find her indispensable. she is a cheerful, dedicated and wonderful addition to our team!
Lorenzo is a co-facilitator in a Dementia Society support group, an educator with the Speakers Bureau, and a passionate advocate for people with dementia everywhere.
Moe has a dynamic energy that permeates a room. When she takes out the shakers, the drums, or the paddles, it has an infectious effect on the rest of the group. They cast aside their inhibitions and join in enthusiastically, singing and shaking their n
Selene Commerford visits her husband and her mom in the same long-term care facility, where they live one floor apart. Both have dementia.
The inscription on Tony Graham's mausoleum is about his life with wife Elizabeth. It reads "we didn't have it all together, but together we had it all." And the Grahams did have it all - until Tony was diagnosed with dementia.
I was there to do a profile on John Cornwall, major donor to The Dementia Society. This was to involve me asking many questions of John about John, and I quickly discovered that John is probably John’s least favourite topic of conversation. Instead, he wanted to talk about other people. ALL the other people.
The Champlain Dementia Network is pleased to announce the official launch of our 2019 public awareness and social media campaign designed to build resilience and wellness in caregivers. Life as a caregiver for a person with dementia can get overw
The Dementia Society is once again taking part in GivingTuesday, a global giving movement that has been driven by individuals, charities, businesses and communities across Canada and in countries around the world. Just as Black Friday kicks off the hol
Friday September 21st 2018 marks the 7th World Alzheimer’s Day. The Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County is delighted to take part in this international campaign aimed at raising awareness and to challenge the common stigma that surrounds Al
Who can participate? People over the age of 65 (Please note that people with previously diagnosed neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis or epilepsy, pregnant women, and people who have pacemakers or metallic cranial implants are ineligible
On Saturday, July 14, Big Rig Brewery presents HOPE Volleyball SummerFest. This fantastic event has been supporting local charities with the proceeds from its volleyball tournament held each July at Mooney’s Bay Beach. This year, the Dementia Society
On May 12th, at Tunney’s Pasture, with the support of over 700 participants, the Walk for Dementia™ raised over $220,000 (and counting) for The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. The success of Ottawa’s Walk was made possible through the g
The Walk For Dementia™ is tomorrow! Before the big day is upon us, we wanted to share some important details that often get missed during the morning’s excitement! Must know: The Registration Tent for the Walk will open for check-in at 8:00 a.m. Please
The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is once again proud to be participating in this year’s 2018 Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend on May 26-27, 2018. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge unites the spirit of run
The Champlain Dementia Network is pleased to offer a free, five session (one session/week) learning and support series to family caregivers of people living with dementia. This series is conducted online with a facilitator from the Teepa Snow Positive
RAYON D’ART (Francais) and SPARK! (English) are programs designed specifically for those living with dementia, accompanied by a caregiver. Participants take part in informal conversations about artworks in the Gallery’s collection. Everyone is encourag
Sent: March 6, 2018 FEATURED STORY Canada's First Dementia Village Set to Open Next Year in Langley, B.C. Canada’s first community designed specifically for people with dementia is opening next year in Langley. Called The Village, it will consist of si
The Champlain Dementia Network is pleased to announce the official launch of an ongoing public awareness and social media campaign designed to encourage people diagnosed or impacted by dementia to plan, discuss, and implement their wishes through Advan
Sent: January 9, 2018 FEATURED STORY Look forward to spring! Registration is open for The Walk for DementiaTM Get your team ready! Please join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Tunney's Pasture for The Walk for DementiaTM. Because of your support, this o
Sent: December 12, 2017 FEATURED STORY Caregiver Townhall - save the date! 2017 has been a momentous year, for our Society and on many fronts related to dementia care. We'd like to kick off 2018 with a discussion oriented meeting for caregivers of peop
Sent: December 5, 2017 FEATURED STORY Good news! We have been selected as a recipient charity for HOPE Volleyball Summerfest 2018 Ding, ding, ding rings the good news bell! We recently learned that The Dementia Society is one of the six charities selec
Sent: November 28, 2017 FEATURED STORY Today is GivingTuesday! GivingTuesday is here and Canadians across the country are joining the movement and kicking off the giving season by rallying for their favourite causes. If you would like to take part in G
Sent: November 22, 2017 FEATURED STORY Dementia Link -- Existing Program, New Name The Dementia Society is here to help and continues to link patients diagnosed with dementia to immediate support ... because no one should face dementia aloneTM. The Dem