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Make a Connection

Make a Connection, Reduce Isolation
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 to people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy connected lives.
The Dementia Society is here to help!
The Make a connection initiative helps people living with dementia and their caregivers socialize and enjoy meaningful interactions, both virtually and in-person. You can make a new friend and treat yourself with a restful break from daily routine.  To remove technical barriers and make a virtual connection, we also offers free tablets, Amazon Echo Shows (smart display and voice command device) along with personalized technical training from Connected Canadians mentors. 
Connect with a volunteer
Enjoy a regular and COVID-safe visit with a new friend. These social meetings with our multilingual volunteers can also take the pressure off family and caregivers. Connect with our volunteers in-person or virtually based on individual comfort and needs. Talk, read, listen to music, play games, watch movies or even go on walks with your new friend...the connection goes on!

Matching with a volunteer is simple. Fill in the brief questionnaire below and our staff will connect with you shortly. 
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"My experience with the Dementia Society has been so good! Dementia Society’s volunteer and I talk about absolutely everything. I won't remember what we said, but I do remember the feeling, and what I really like is that someone listens to me.” 

-Daniel, Make a Connection Program participant and person living well with dementia

Connect with Technology and Personalized Support

To help remove barriers, The Dementia Society offers the technology and support to help you build virtual connections. 
Borrow a tablet: Request an Internet-enabled tablet (iPad or Samsung device, as available) at no charge with our technology lending program! Connect with a Dementia Care Coach, family and friends or enjoy our free virtual events with your free tablet. You can also access unlimited resources online— just fill in our simple form below. 

Watch this video to learn more about our free tablets and personalized tech training! 
Borrow a Tablet
Amazon Echo Show
Receive a free Amazon Echo Show: We offer free Amazon Echo Show, a smart display and voice command device, to assist people living with dementia and their caregivers with their daily routine. (Supply is limited, don't delay) .  

This device encourages autonomy in people living with dementia by helping them do simple tasks using  voice command — the video display only makes the work more fun! Set alarms and timers, check your calendar or news, make video calls and stream TV and music with the voice command feature. It also makes controlling other smart home devices easy.
Receive a free Amazon Echo Show
Get Personalized Technical Training: Receive on-going personalized technology support from The Dementia Society and a Connected Canadians mentors . This free service helps you to learn and gain confidence using the latest technology and smart devices. The service is available both, online and in-person.

Check the free technical training box in the Make a Connection form and you're ready to dive into the tech-world! You can also email Zoe Kirschner to directly book a free training session with our experts. 
For questions or assistance getting started, contact Zoe Kirschner ((613) 690-2819).
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