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What was expected to be a few weeks living apart from her husband turned into 5 months.

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November 24, 2020

Annie

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 ...

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November 23, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful, brain healthy activities Be a part of life-changing research with Bruyère -  Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease? Join in advancing dementia care and research - click ...

Giving Tuesday

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November 18, 2020

Annie

#GivingTuesday is just two weeks away! December 1st is a day dedicated to giving back. We're partnering with GIVE65 again to make it an even bigger day. Through our partnership with GIVE65, a Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada program, the D ...

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November 15, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities This Week's Featured Event: NEW - Monday, November 16th @ 6:00 pm - A Special LIVE Q&A Dementia Basics - A six-part education series that provides you the opportunity to connect with experts, ask questions and le ...

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November 9, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful and brain healthy activities The Dementia Society: No Referral, No Wait List, No Fees The Dementia Society is a community of support for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families. If you suspect you may have m ...

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November 2, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities The Dementia Society: No Referral, No Wait List, No Fees The Dementia Society is a community of support for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families. If you suspect you may have memory troubles, or ...

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October 25, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities Thank you again to everyone that participated in the BrainyActivity Challenge! We have ultimately decided to keep the challenge open until November 30th, in other words, keep sharing your BrainyActive Challenge! If y ...

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October 19, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Thank you - you've done a terrific job skipping, singing, cycling, baton-twirling, and learning new skills and languages! Thank you so much for helping us to reach more of the 24,000 people living with dementi ...

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October 12, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Giving Thanks This YearWe know this Thanksgiving looks different. And we know this is not easy. While we may not have all the family and friends that we wish around our Thanksgiving tables, we are nonetheless ...

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October 5, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! The BrainyActive Challenge -now and just until Thanksgiving Look who's getting BrainyActive!The 58th Mayor,  of the City of Ottawa, Larry O'Brien Challenges you to get BrainyActive. The World Health Organ ...

I’m not sick. You’re not sick. We are OK!

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October 1, 2020

Annie

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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September 28, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Join the BrainyActive Challenge - Participez au Défi Remuez vos méninges!Saturday, September 19th, the Dementia Society launched the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges, an exciting new virtual eve ...

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September 21, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Join the BrainyActive Challenge - Participez au Défi Remuez vos méninges!Saturday, September 19th, the Dementia Society launched the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges, an exciting new virtual eve ...

MEDIA RELEASE: The BrainyActive Challenge

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September 17, 2020

Annie

When - OTTAWA, 14 September 2020 September 19 - Thanksgiving2020   Where - Anywhere   What - Join the Dementia Society’ s NEW Virtual Brain Health Challenge   Why - To raise awareness of brain health and funds to supportthe 24,000 people living with de ...

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE: Défi Remuez vos méninges!

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September 17, 2020

Annie

  Quand - Ottawa, le 14 septembre, 2020 19 septembre – Action de Grâces 2020   Où - Partout   Quoi - Participez au NOUEAU défi virtuel de la Société de démence : Défi Remuez vos méninges!     Pourquoi - Pour augmenter la sensibilisation de la santé cér ...

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September 14, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities Join the BrainyActive Challenge - Participez au Défi Remuez vos méninges!On September 19th, the Dementia Society will launch the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges, an exciting new virtual event that eng ...

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September 8, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Brain Healthy Activities No Referral Required: You Can Call Us Anytime Did you know that you don’t need to be referred by a medical professional or social worker to connect with the Dementia Society? Navigating care options for demen ...

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August 31, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities No Referral Required: You Can Call Us Anytime Did you know that you don’t need to be referred by a medical professional or social worker to connect with the Dementia Society? Navigating care options for dementia ...

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August 24, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Live Events Mark your calendar for these upcoming LIVE events.Dementia Society live events offer the opportunity for real-time interaction, Q&A with dementia experts, and a direct connection to your c ...

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August 17, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! The impacts of COVID-19 on us all are innumerable. However, our work and statistics tell us that the impacts of this pandemic have been disproportionally borne by residents, their families and caregivers, and ...

Dementia Society Position on Long Term Care Models and COVID-19 Impacts

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August 13, 2020

Annie

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 ...

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August 10, 2020

Annie

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information! Mark your calendar for these upcoming LIVE events.Dementia Society live events offer the opportunity for real-time interaction, Q&A with dementia experts, and a direct connection to your community of ...

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August 3, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - Aug 2-8, 2020 Education Thursday, August 13 @ 5 p.m. - Fireside Chat: Connecting Older Adults through Technology - Learn about digital literacy skills, technology, and support provided by Connec ...

Dementia Doesn’t Take a Break, But You Still Can

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July 30, 2020

Annie

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 ...

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July 27, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful activities - July 26 - August 1 Education NEW - Thursday, August 13 @ 5 p.m. - Fireside Chat: Connecting Older Adults through Technology - Learn about digital literacy skills, technology, and support provide ...

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Your Weekly Round-Up

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July 21, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities July 19 - 25 Education NEW - Thursday, July 23 @ 12 p.m. - The Effectiveness of Music for Individuals Living with Dementia-How and Why. Music is scientifically recognized as an effective and meaningful intervention f ...

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July 13, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - July 12 - 18 Education NEW - Monday, July 13 @ 5pm - Dementia Basics Part 6 -  The Caregiving Challenge.For more information and to register click here.NEW - Thursday, July 16 @ 12pm - Pet ...

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July 6, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - July 5 - 11 Education NEW - Monday, July 6 @ 5pm - Dementia Basics Part 5 -  Management of the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.For more information and to register click here. ...

Fairfield Sing-Along

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July 2, 2020

Annie

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of everyday habits for Canadians. But this ‘new normal’ has had an even larger impact on how hospitals provide care to some of our most vulnerable patients. As COVID-19 locked-down Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hosp ...

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June 29, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - June 28-July 4 Education NEW - Today, June 29 @ 5pm - Dementia Basics Part 3 - The Science of Dementia - Research and Services in the Region. With guest speaker, Neil Thomas, MD, FCFPC, MSc, Neu ...

Living Room Live Concert Series

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June 26, 2020

Annie

Listen to the ‘Special Blends’ Radio Program with Chris White on CKCU-FM 93.1 as he interviews Robyn Meyers, Carefor, as well as the Dementia Society's own Dean Henderson, as they talk about how the pandemic has changed how we support and care for our ...

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June 22, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - June 21- 27 Education NEW - Monday, June 22 @ 5pm - Dementia Basics - A six-part education series that provides an overview of dementia and associated management strategiesFor more information and to register ...

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Your Weekly Round UP

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June 15, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - June 14 - 20 Education lun., 15 juin 2020, 10:00 - Les séances Comprendre la démence de la série éducative Démence-Lien s’adressent aux proches aidants de personnes ayant une démencePour plus d'informatio ...

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Your Weekly Round Up

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June 8, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - June 7 - 13 Education Monday, June 8 @ 12pm - How Dementia Impacts Behaviour - Understanding is the key to coping - Hosted by, Marge Dempsey RN, BA (Honours) – Marge is a retired nurse with a de ...

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Your Weekly Round Up

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June 1, 2020

Annie

your guide to meaningful activities May 31 - June 6, 2020 Education NEW - Tuesday, June 2 @ 1pm - Supporting Dementia -  The Supporting Dementia learning series is for caregivers of persons with dementia. This learning series will provid ...

Shall We Dance? Once Again

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June 1, 2020

Annie

When Janice, caregiver to husband Paul, began watching the virtual “Circle of Song” music program, she was not expecting an invitation … to dance. While everyone is facing challenges in today’s uncertain environment, people living with dementia and the ...

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Your Weekly Round - Up

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May 25, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - May 24 - 30 Education Monday, May 25 @ 1pm Making the Decision - Accessing Home and Community Care Online - Intended to guide caregivers through key aspects of the decision making process as they consider whether o ...

Launching Virtual Respite

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May 19, 2020

Annie

We are continually responding to the needs of people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families and have moved many of our educational, recreational and support programs on-line, offering programs every weekday and on demand. Being isola ...

Your Weekly Round Up

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May 19, 2020

Annie

your guide to meaningful activities - May 19-23 Education NEW - Monday, May 25 @ 1pm Making the Decision - Accessing Home and Community Care Online - Intended to guide caregivers through key aspects of the decision making process as they consider wheth ...

Your Weekly Round Up

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May 12, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - May 10-16, 2020 Education NEW - Monday, May 11 @ 12pm - Fireside Chat with a Dementia Care Coach and Caregiver -  An intimate conversation between a caregiver and a dementia care coach and their jour ...

Your Weekly Round Up

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May 4, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - May 4 - May 8, 2020 Education NEW - Webinar - Careteam, a Care Planner for Caregivers: Our Dementia Care Coaches are creating care plans on a digital health platform called Careteam. Careteam is a secure platf ...

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April 28, 2020

Annie

Your guide to meaningful activities - April 27 - May 1, 2020 Education NEW - Monday, April 27th @ 12pm - Enabling Abilities in Dementia: The DementiaAbility Way The DementiAbility Methods teach carers to think differently about dementia, ...

Your Weekly Round Up

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April 21, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - April 20 - 24, 2020 Education NEW - Community Resources, Programs and Activities For Caregiving During Covid-19 Part 2 of Facing Dementia Together but Apart   - Tuesday, April 21 @ 12pm - In thi ...

Pedal Power - Biking Around the World at Home

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April 15, 2020

Annie

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 ...

Your Weekly Round Up

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April 14, 2020

Annie

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities April 13-17 Education - Facing Dementia Together but Apart - April 14th @ 12:00 pm - In this webinar, Dementia Care Coach Jesika Walker will discuss strategies to help you give care from a distance during this challe ...

Welcome to Your Weekly Round Up

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April 7, 2020

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your guide to meaningful activities Education Mindfulness for Caregivers - April 8, 2020, 12:00 pm Tara Cohen is a social worker (MSW, RSW) and mindfulness instructor and is deeply committed to supporting individuals in achieving their optimal quality ...

Walk for Dementia - Postponed

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March 24, 2020

7thLevel.io

Please be advised that the Walk for Dementia has been postponed and will not be taking place on  Saturday, May 9th as planned Due to the continuing spread of COVID-19 and with the health and safety of our staff, clients and volunteers top of mind, ...

What Science Tells Us About Preventing Dementia

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December 12, 2019

7thLevel.io

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 ...

Share in the Warmth

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December 5, 2019

7thLevel.io

“We have dementia. That’s what they said. We didn’t really know what any of this meant, and that’s where the Dementia Society came in. Everyone in our situation needs to be told – ‘go to this place and talk to these people and they will help you.’” Thi ...

A Lonely Death in Venezuela

In News

November 8, 2019

Annie

It was likely a massive stroke that killed Mario José, but there is no good way to find out for sure. About ten years ago, he started having mini-strokes, which got more and more severe. Eventually, he developed dementia as a result. A beloved uncle an ...

Pauline Schneider: A Dementia Friendly Face

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November 4, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Potentially promising Alzheimer's drug going forward

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October 29, 2019

Annie

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 ...

A fundraiser, a memorial, and a wonderful day out for Mirrieme

In News

September 27, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Motiview, by Miriam

In News

September 23, 2019

Annie

Miriam, who was a volunteer facilitator with the initial run of the Motiview program, shares her thoughts.

We need to talk about Antonio Brown

In News

September 23, 2019

Annie

We need to talk about Antonio Brown. We’re not saying he has dementia. We’re asking - would change your perception of his behaviour if he did? A little recent background for those who may not follow football closely. In the offseason Brown, the superst ...

A story about NOT dementia

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September 20, 2019

Annie

After reading that 70% of Canadians with dementia have NOT been diagnosed, a nice young woman sent this to us. She realized that denial, and refusal to get tested, can have ramifications far beyond the lack of support for dementia. The situation can li ...

Job Opportunity: Dementia Friendly Consultant

In News

September 3, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Undetected Dementia in the Community

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August 22, 2019

Annie

A literature review and meta-analysis done in 2017 indicated that worldwide, the rate of undetected dementia is about 61%. That means that only 39% of people living with dementia have had a diagnosis. In Canada that number is even higher, close to 71%. ...

First Annual Golf For Dementia coming Septemer 7th

In News

August 22, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Importance of Supporting the Caregivers of People With Dementia: Megan Swift

In News

August 13, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Science de la démence: écouter en ligne

In News

August 8, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Science of Dementia: Watch Online

In News

August 2, 2019

Annie

Dr. Frank Knoefel presents Science of Dementia. From July 11th, Dr. Knoefel covers the Aging Brain, the various types of dementia, and finishes with some information on research and finding a cure. Dr. Knoefel is a physician at the Bruyère Memory Progr ...

Tips on staying safe in the heat

In News

July 19, 2019

Annie

A massive heat wave is headed our way beginning today. A reminder that dehydration is one of the worst things for people with dementia - it can exacerbate their symptoms very quickly. A guide to helping your neighbours: • Check in on those who live alo ...

Mackenzie Breeze Bone: Dementia advocate from baby to Benefit For Baba

In News

July 18, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Danielle Barrette-Marcuccio: The Support Group's Support Group

In News

July 16, 2019

Annie

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 Type of Dementia is Categorized

In News

July 9, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Pembroke Balloon Pop raises $1,220!

In News

July 3, 2019

Annie

                “Yes, yes, I’ve been taking my medicine” was the response Bettyanne Brown would always get. Her mother Dorothy would also get annoyed when Bettyanne would ask if ...

"Caregivers are Heroes": Talking National Dementia Strategy

In Audio, News

June 19, 2019

Annie

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 ...

A Memorial Event To Remember

In News

June 14, 2019

Annie

Joanna Ostrow MacDonald left a remarkable legacy. She wrote a best-selling novel, In the Highlands since Time Immemorial. She knew Ken Kesey at school, and went to some of his  “electric Kool-Aid acid test” parties in the 1960s. She has smart and accom ...

A fortuitous email

In News

June 14, 2019

Annie

This Sunday, Amédée Levesque would have been celebrating Father’s Day. Sadly though, he passed away in 2014, after four years of living with dementia. His family holds Amédée in their hearts, and they showed it this year with a Mother’s Day celebration ...

Jim, Mary Lynne, Tara, Diana, and Laura Holton: a family affair

In News

June 10, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Walk For Dementia 2019 Photo Gallery: Volume 2

In Events, News

May 15, 2019

Annie

These photos taken by our amazing volunteer Judith Madill. Thank you Judith!

A wonderful Mother's Day surprise

In Events, News

May 13, 2019

Annie

A while ago, we brought you the story of Selene Commerford. Caregiver to her husband and her mom, who live one floor apart in a long-term care facility in the East end of Ottawa. Radio host Dahlia Kurtz, of The Goods on 580 CFRA radio here in Ottawa, c ...

Young Onset Dementia: A talk in Ottawa

In Events, News

May 12, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Spotlight: Venezuela. Dementia Society volunteer German Chique-Alfonzo watches the events in his homeland

In News

May 3, 2019

Annie

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.

Ashley HomeStore: Here To Help

In News

April 24, 2019

Annie

Corporations are people too, they’re just people who care only about corporations.

Holiday tips for caregivers

In News

April 18, 2019

Annie

Easter weekend is here, and we wanted to share a few tips for caregivers to people with dementia that could help in the holiday season: David and Barbara at Circle Of SongThe Francoeur family at Christmas Keep it simple – too many people, too much nois ...

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Baker Tilly, the Accounting Team that Walks The Walk

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Jesika Walker, The Nice Girl

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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.

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Linda Tannis, 44 Years of Volunteer Work

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Debbie Carpenter, All-Around Asset

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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!

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Marc Terreau, CMM, CD

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

Marc, a highly decorated former military officer, is the chair of The Dementia Society's audit committee. He has held that volunteer position for the past 28 years.

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Lorenzo De Franco - Educator, Mediator, and Advocate

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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.

Volunteer Week Spotlight: Moe Archambault, Architect of Infectious Fun

In News

April 5, 2019

Annie

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 ...

Caregiver spotlight: Selene Commerford, the best asset a support group ever had

In News

April 2, 2019

Annie

Selene Commerford visits her husband and her mom in the same long-term care facility, where they live one floor apart. Both have dementia.

Elizabeth and Tony Graham: Together They Had it All

In News

March 29, 2019

Annie

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.

Elizabeth Graham: Time Well Spent

In News

March 29, 2019

Annie

Well-known Ottawa businessman Tony Graham died in 2017 with dementia. His widow Elizabeth carries on the family businesses, and maintains the philanthropy for which the Grahams have always been known.

A story of bad timing

In News

March 19, 2019

Annie

Tyler Morton was growing into his identity just as his grandfather was losing his.

Turquoise Making Waves

In News

March 8, 2019

Annie

The Turquoise music program, run by Chris White and Mo Archambault, operates on Mondays out of Southminster United Church on Aylmer Avenue. It's a fun, interactive sing-a-long program for people with dementia and their caregivers, and has received high ...

John Cornwall: Ottawa's Secret Philanthropist

In News

March 5, 2019

Annie

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.

Heather Tessier: Walk Star

In News

February 22, 2019

The Dementia Society

Heather Tessier has set an ambitious goal this year for her Walk For Dementia team, Shirl The Swirl. Read more about this remarkable woman here.

Champlain Dementia Network Officially Launches Public Awareness Campaign On Caregiver Resilience

In News

February 18, 2019

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Cancellation Notice – February 5

In News

February 5, 2019

The Dementia Society

We regret to tell you that the Caregiver Support Group at The Royal Canadian Legion (Bells Corners) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. is cancelled for today due to weather. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 613-523-4004 if you have any questions or concern ...

Running For A Cause

In News

January 15, 2019

The Dementia Society

Sheila Bauer Ask me to talk about myself in twenty words or less and I would likely say I am proud to be a nurse, I have a great family and I love to run and read. Ask someone else and they might describe me as a fanatical runner and what they would me ...

Walk for Dementia Volunteers Needed

In News

January 8, 2019

The Dementia Society

We are currently recruiting volunteer leadership positions to support our 2019 Walk for Dementia, taking place on Saturday, May 11 at Tunney’s Pasture. 2019 Walk for Dementia Volunteer Coordinator Family Zone Coordinator Participant Recruitment And Sup ...

In News

November 7, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Cancellation Notice – October 9

In News

October 5, 2018

The Dementia Society

We regret to tell you that Let’s Get Moving class at Heron is cancelled for Tuesday October 9th. We anticipate adding a class at a later date. Our apologies for the inconvenience. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 613-523-4004 if you have any que ...

Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County Raising Awareness of Younger Onset Dementia on World Alzheimer’s Day

In Events

September 17, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Participants needed for a study on aging and cognition

In News

May 31, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Help Us Help People Impacted By Dementia

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May 30, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Walk for Dementia Raises Over $220,000 to Support Local Families

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May 15, 2018

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 almost here!

In Events

May 11, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 Participating in Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend Scotiabank Charity Challenge

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April 30, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Champlain Dementia Network Offering Free Teepa Snow Webinar Series

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April 17, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Cancellation Notice – April 16

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April 16, 2018

The Dementia Society

Please note that due to the freezing rain warning today, the Caregiver Support Group scheduled for today from 1:15 PM-3 PM at the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please do not hesitate to contact u ...

Spots Remain For Spark! / Rayon D’art - Register for free

In Events

March 9, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

The Weekly Bulletin Highlights: March 6

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 ...

Cancellation Notice - February 23

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February 23, 2018

The Dementia Society

Please note that due to the freezing rain warning today, the following programs are cancelled: Thanks for the Memories: Home and Community Care Centre - 760 Belfast Rd, Ottawa 1-3 Let’s Get Moving: Churchill Senior Centre; 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa 2-3 ...

Cancellation notice - January 18th

In Events

January 17, 2018

The Dementia Society

Please note that the Caregiver Support Group meeting at Villagia in the Glebe for tomorrow, January 18th from 6:30 - 8:30 has been cancelled due to a temporary closure of the facilities. Thank you.

Champlain Dementia Network Officially Launches Public Awareness Campaign On Advanced Care Planning

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January 16, 2018

The Dementia Society

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 ...

The Caregivers’ Club Documentary

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January 11, 2018

The Dementia Society

Airing this Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 9 PM on CBC-TV, the documentary The Caregivers’ Club follows three middle-aged caregivers who are caring for a spouse or parent who can no longer take care of themselves.   “The Caregivers’ Club is a compelling a ...

THE WEEKLY BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS: JANUARY 9

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 ...

The Weekly Bulletin Highlights: December 12

In Weekly Bulletin

December 12, 2017

The Dementia Society

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 ...

The Weekly Bulletin Highlights: December 5

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 ...

The Weekly Bulletin Highlights: November 28

In Weekly Bulletin

November 28, 2017

The Dementia Society

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 ...

THE WEEKLY BULLETIN HIGHLIGHTS: NOVEMBER 22

In Weekly Bulletin

November 22, 2017

The Dementia Society

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 ...

Existing Program, New Name…

In News

November 21, 2017

The Dementia Society

Linking Ottawa/Renfrew County patients diagnosed with dementia to immediate support. In 2002 the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, in collaboration with the Dementia Network of Ottawa (later the Champlain Dementia Network) launched an inn ...

Job Posting: Bilingual Manager of Administration

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County requires a Bilingual Manager of Administration. Please see the full posting for details: [wpdm_package id='2209']

35 Years Strong!

In News

November 10, 2017

The Dementia Society

(l to r): John Fraser, MPP Ottawa South and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care); Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa; Paddy Bowen, CEO, The Dementia Society; Lynda Colley, Chair of Board of Directors, The Dementia Society. Com ...

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