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Virtual and Remote Programs

No one should face dementia alone, not even because of COVID-19

For caregivers of people living with dementia, the ongoing needs of caregiving often come before caring for oneself. The challenges of social isolation posed by dementia are compounded by the pandemic and can stretch the reserves of caregivers to the limit.

Taking a Break is Essential

It’s challenging to make time for yourself when isolated at home and in-person interaction is limited. Caregivers of people living with dementia experience levels of stress and exhaustion greater than the average person, which puts their health at risk. This is why taking time to look after yourself is a necessary part of caregiving in dementia.

Caregivers Need Regular Respite

Respite is a term often used in clinical settings; it simply refers to a welcome break.
Virtual respite is a time for you take a welcome break from your caregiving responsibilities, with remote support. Our virtual sessions pair your loved one with a compatible volunteer who will regularly make time to connect by phone, or any number of virtual platforms like FaceTime, ZOOM, Skype, WhatsApp—or whatever works best for you. With some insights from you to your loved-ones’ interests and history, our trained volunteers can engage with them meaningfully, while you take a welcome break.

Support Groups

Support groups and virtual respite provide an environment where everyone can learn. Additionally, in these supportive environments, people help each other by offering mutual understanding, support and in some cases respite virtually. Support groups are collaborative and led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer.


Meaningful Activities

Staying active and engaged in hobbies, interests, and meaningful activities gives us pleasure. Even after a diagnosis of dementia, it is important to participate in meaningful activities to encourage self- expression, to help foster emotional connections, to help lesson anxiety and stir memories. Finding stimulating activities can sometimes be challenging.


Make a Connection, Take a Break Program

For the Make a Connection, Take a Break Program, you are paired with a volunteer that suits your needs and likes-providing caregivers with a mini-break and meaningful connections for a person living with dementia.


Exercise and Fitness

What is good for your heart is good for your brain. Exercise has been shown to be effective in slowing down or preventing the progression of dementia. We have safe exercise programs designed for people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy together. Register below for a specific program or check out our On-Demand recordings for an opportunity to express yourself, improve your mood, and learn.


Education and Webinars

We have a number of educational programs and webinars online, both live and on-demand.


Art & Music

Art and creativity flourish in a casual, comfortable, and supportive environment for people living with dementia and their caregivers. We have virtual art programs designed specifically for people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy together. Register below or check out our On-Demand recordings for an opportunity to express yourself, improve your mood, and learn.


We love to receive feedback, stories, and program ideas! Please contact us with yours at info@dsorc.org

If you are interested in supporting the Dementia Society and the 24,000 people, living with dementia
and their caregivers in our community please follow the link for more information on how you can do

If you have questions about any of our virtual and remote programs please CONTACT US

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is working to connect our community to services
and resources that they need to feel supported while caring for someone living with dementia.
For technology, tips and tricks please contact CONNECTED CANADIANS toll-free at 1-877-304-5813 please leave a message and
a staff member will reach out shortly for support.

No One Should Face Dementia Alone

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