The Dementia Society
W hen an individual receives a dementia diagnosis their life changes forever. So does that of their closest family or friends who often take on the role of caregiver. The majority of people who approach us for help, or are referred, are walking the dementia journey as a caregiver, spouse, child or close friend. On other occasions an individual who has been diagnosed with dementia will connect to us. Some of our social programs and education offerings are designed for caregivers to attend with their loved ones.
By offering caring and supportive counsel, dementia and caregiver information, education, referrals and help navigating the health and social care system as well as social, recreational and caregiver peer support The Dementia Society helps over 7,500 people every year and receives the support of thousands of donors, volunteers and supporters to sustain our efforts. This is truly a community organization working for its community.
Dementia caregivers have a unique role with specific needs
- They need to learn about the kind of dementia they and their loved one are dealing with.
- They want to be ready for coming challenges and learn strategies for dealing with the effects of dementia, at different stages.
- They are often the coordinator of care and need help navigating the health and social services sectors; to find the right and best kinds of supports for the person with dementia they are helping.
- Above all, a caregiver is not only planning and organizing and coping and feeling about the one they are looking after … they have a whole raft of needs of their own.
- Their health, well-being, stress levels, understanding, coping ability, decision making, and above all inner peace all need support so in turn they can carry on in one of the toughest and most important things they’ll ever do.
Whether you are a caregiver, a person with a diagnosis of dementia, a professional in the area of senior care or dementia support, or just an individual who is interested in learning more … we are here. Ready to see you at our offices, have a telephone call, welcome you to an education, social or peer support program or direct you to places and resources you need. The Dementia Society is here to help.
No One Should Face Dementia AloneTM
The Dementia Society is in part funded by the Local Health Integration Network (Ontario Ministry of Health). With their support and that of donors, we provide a number of programs and services for people impacted by dementia.
Many of these are primarily targeted to caregivers of people with dementia; this is our unique area of specialization.
Sometimes we are asked “But don’t you help people with dementia directly?” and of course, we can and do. A person with a diagnosis of dementia may find many of our resources helpful, the education programs too, and our counsellors are certainly ready to help in any way needed.
But one of the main ways we help people with dementia is through the help and guidance we offer to their family members and care partners, who play such an important role in coordinating and providing support and care.