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Ottawa

EDUCATION

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

Living with Dementia learning series is designed specifically for people in the early stage of dementia, their family members, friends and caregivers. This learning series will provide participants with information, support, and an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Participants will learn positive approaches and how to focus on maintaining abilities for now and in the future.

Participants will have the opportunity to obtain information and resources, ask and have questions answered, talk with others in a similar situation, discuss experiences and express their feelings in a safe environment.

Living with Dementia learning series occurs over three 90 minute sessions and participants receive a workbook of information and resources to take home.

Please contact a Dementia Care Coach at 613-523-4004

SUPPORTING DEMENTIA

Supporting Dementia learning series is for caregivers of people living with dementia. This learning series will provide caregivers with information about symptoms that may accompany the progression of dementia and strategies for support. 

Caregivers will gain information, support, and have an opportunity to discuss experiences and express their feelings in a safe environment. Using a positive approach, Supporting Dementia focuses on maintaining and enhancing caregiving skills and abilities for now and in the future.

Supporting Dementia learning series occurs over two 120 minute sessions. 

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MAKING THE DECISION; UNDERSTANDING AND ACCESSING HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

The Making the Decision session is in partnership with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. The session guides caregivers through the decision-making process of transitioning someone into Long Term Care and navigating the challenging emotions that often accompany this decision. Information will be provided about home and community care services in the Champlain region, including eligibility criteria and application process for services. Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with a Dementia Care Coach for ongoing support and information about community services.

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DEMENTIA BASICS

This six-part learning series provides an opportunity for participants to learn about dementia in all of its forms. Presentations are facilitated by expert physicians and neuropsychologists from the Ottawa area and by our very own Dementia Care Coaches. Dementia Basics is informed by current research and contemporary practice to offer quality and up-to-date information about dementia. The learning series explores the following topics:

  • Part 1- The Science of Dementia-The Aging Brain
  • Part 2- The Science of Dementia-Types of Dementia
  • Part 3- The Science of Dementia-Research and Services in the Region
  • Part 4- Understanding the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
  • Part 5- Management of the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
  • Part 6- Caregiving

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS

As dementia progresses, there may come a time when a person living with dementia begins to struggle with their finances and affairs. Some everyday tasks begin to become too complex and may not get done. Your role as a caregiver may start to expand, eventually including financial management, despite the possibility that you may not have experience managing another person’s finances.  The session will explore and help participants understand various financial supports available including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Disability tax credit
  • Canada caregiver amount
  • Managing finances in retirement
  • Trusts
  • Power of Attorney

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Teepa Snow Caregiver Support Series (Online and In person)

The Caregiver Support Series is a five-session series designed for caregivers who provide support to someone living with mid-stage dementia. The series is co-facilitated by The Dementia Society’s very own Teepa Snow certified Coaches and Consultants and is modelled around Teepa Snow’s Positive Approaches to Care. The series provides an educational forum introducing several relevant topics, and also fosters support among the participants and facilitators. The sessions are intended to be interactive and exploratory, encouraging and assisting participants to apply what they’ve learned to their own, unique situations. The series is held in-person and online. The virtual format allows for participation from the comfort of one’s own home or other location of choice, thus not requiring any type of travel. Equipment needed is minimal – a computer or laptop with a microphone and a camera, with access to the internet. The platform to connect – Zoom – is easy to use, and is free.

Topics covered during the Online Care Partner Support Series

Session 1 – Facing Dementia

Session 2 – Skills and Coping

Session 3 – Awareness Skills and Lessons

Session 4 – The Long Haul

Session 5 – Time Use and Wrap up

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Upcoming Webinars

SUPPORT GROUPS

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

Our caregiver support groups are designed to help educate caregivers with up-to-date information that can help improve their quality of life as well as the life of the person with dementia who they are supporting. 

Support groups provide a safe environment where everyone can learn, express, and understand and work through emotions. Additionally in this supportive environment, people help each other by offering mutual understanding and support. Support groups are collaborative and are led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer. Drop-ins are welcome at any location. 

View our support group schedule HERE, we have one almost every day. Or call and ask to speak to a Dementia Care Coach today for registration details or more information.

CAREGIVER AND PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUPS

Our caregiver and persons living with dementia support groups provide a safe environment where people can support one another by sharing their thoughts, ideas, frustrations, and coping strategies in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Support group meetings begin by providing each participant an opportunity to share what is most important to them. The group is formatted so that both caregivers and persons living with dementia have an opportunity to speak with one another about their individual concerns and strategies. Support groups are also collaboratively led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer.

Call and ask to speak to a Dementia Care Coach today for registration details, and for information about which group best fits your needs.

CONNECTIONS

This collaborative support group is specifically for persons living with dementia aged 65 years and older. We have three locations across Ottawa, including Ottawa East, Kanata, Orleans and Ottawa West.

BETWEEN US

This collaborative support group is specifically for people living with young onset dementia (persons under the age of 65). In this support group, we will discuss the unique challenges faced by people living with young onset dementia and their caregivers and families.

SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

We have responded to the needs of people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families and moved our recreational and support programs on-line, offering programs every weekday and on-demand. Access our recorded art, music and many other programs on our YouTube channel.

Many persons with dementia and their caregivers appreciate having more social contact and being able to remain engaged in their community. Participating in group activities reinforces a sense of belonging and reduces social isolation for persons with dementia and their caregivers. It can also be fun!

Our social and recreation programs are adjusted to the needs of individuals and are respectful of the uniqueness of their journey. We offer a range of activities designed to enhance social engagement, physical well-being, and creative expression for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

MOTIVIEW

This program is currently on hold due to COVID – 19, please check out our Pedal Power Program

Motiview is an unique exercise program that brings together people living with dementia and their caregivers to engage in physical activity, reminiscence, conversation, and socialization. While watching high definition videos of familiar surroundings and favourite travel destinations captured around the world, persons living with dementia and caregivers cycle together using floor pedals. What could be better than enjoying some refreshing exercise in a safe, supportive, and scenic setting? All while reminiscing together about previous adventures, travels and experiences.  Join us for a journey along the bustling Rideau Canal, across the lush Italian Countryside or through the destination of your choice.

If the fee is a hardship for you, or if you would like more information, please reach out to your Dementia Care Coach.

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EXERCISE PROGRAMS

Let’s Get Moving is a weekly exercise class designed for people living with dementia and their caregivers. Each class is led by a qualified fitness instructor and focuses on functional exercises designed to enhance cardiovascular fitness, strength, balance, and stretching. Exercise classes are adapted to your own needs, and to the needs of the group. 

We have a number of exercise programs across Ottawa that are designed with people living with dementia in mind. Register below for an opportunity to express yourself, improve your mood, and be supported by skilled exercise instructor. 

If the fee is a hardship for you, or if you would like more information, please reach out to your Dementia Care Coach. 

To register please click on the button below.

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ARTS AND MINDS

This program is currently on hold due to COVID – 19, please check out our YouTube page for our online Arts and Minds Workshops.

Art and creativity abound in a casual, comfortable, and supportive environment for people living with dementia and their caregiver. Each session involves instruction, and participants are encouraged to create from a reference or use their own unique artistry to produce works that are meaningful to them.  Based on the interests and the abilities of the participantsArts and Minds” uses different media to create inspiring art each week. 

If the fee is a hardship for you, or if you would like more information, please reach out to your Dementia Care Coach.

To register, please click on the button below.

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LUNCH BUNCH

This program is currently on hold due to COVID – 19.

This collaborative social outing is for caregivers and persons living with dementia to spend time with others, enjoy a meal and connect. The group helps to create a sense of belonging and understanding in a safe and welcoming environment.

Reach out to a Dementia Care Coach for information.

Location: Buster's Bar & Grill and Perkin’s Family Restaurant

MUSIC PROGRAMS

For people living with dementia, memories may begin to fade away, but emotions can often remain as vibrant as ever. Music uniquely allows us to explore memories of the past while experiencing the enjoyment and pleasure of a beloved tune or classic boogie. Extensive scientific research has demonstrated that music plays a major role in improving the quality of life, mood and brain activity of people living with dementia. Caregivers can also personally benefit from the power of song.

We have a number of music programs across Ottawa that are designed specifically for people living with people. Register below for an opportunity to express yourself, improve your mood, and learn from a skilled music instructor.

If the fee is a hardship for you, or if you would like more information, please reach out to your Dementia Care Coach.

Please check out Circle of Song Sing-a-Long on our Youtube page.

Check out this video from CTV News on our Music Program Turquoise

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SPARK!

In collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County invites you to specialized tours for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Everyone is encouraged to share their insights and to enjoy art in a safe, welcoming and inspiring setting.

These tours provide opportunities for people living with dementia to experience “in the moment” pleasure as they contemplate art and connect with others. Call and ask to speak to a Dementia Care Coach today to learn more about the upcoming session or register here:

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Take a break, Make a Connection PROGRAM

The Take-a-Break, Make a Connection program provides access to meaningful activities and social interactions and provides an opportunity for caregivers to take a welcome and regular break from the demands of dementia care—a critical part of living well with dementia.

In this program, persons living with dementia are matched with volunteers for customized virtual and/or remote visits. Tailored to each individual’s interests and hobbies, these visits could take the form of either simple chatting or planned sessions involving music, singing, photo slideshows, or videos.

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