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Weekly Round-Up

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 dementia is tough enough. We don’t add to that; rather we’re here to help with that, and more. From dementia education to practical strategies for people living with dementia and their care partners, to fun, safe (now online!) activities like music and art. You can take advantage of these services at no cost.
 
Connect with the recognized Dementia Society experts of Ottawa and Renfrew County:

Monday-Thursday 8:30am -8:00pm
Friday 8:30am-4pm

Ottawa: 613-523-4004 ext. 2
Renfrew County: 888-411-2067
Web chat: www.dementiahelp.ca
Email: info@dsorc.org
 
We ARE your community of support.

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 community of support.

Join us Sept 15 - Dec 15 for our Creative Cards and Crafts online session, our instructor Brenda Wilson, will teach people living with dementia and their caregivers to create stunning cards for all occasions
We invite people living with dementia and their caregivers to join 'Let's Get Moving' and become physically active from home with this virtual fitness program
every Wednesday at 3 pm.

Physical activity has been known to improve your mood, sleep, and memory.

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

Peer support groups are a great way to connect with and share experiences with other caregivers and their partners.  View this month’s schedule of Dementia Society expert-facilitated online support groups Ottawa/Renfrew.

Support Options

  • Grief Peer Support: Grief is an undeniable part of the experience of dementia: ongoing grief, anticipatory grief, complex grief, and end of life grief. Join this group to hone your grief coping strategies, resiliency, and isolation during challenging times. The Grief Peer Support Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each, a month from 6:30-8:30 pm. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. More here.
  • Long-term Care – Retirement Home Support: These groups focus on the experience of care in a residential setting and related challenges and strategies for living well for care partners and people living with dementia. Next meeting Wednesday, September 9, 2020, More here.

Always-On Programming

The Dementia Society offers a wealth of on-demand programming available to you on your time. Education, entertainment and dementia-tailored activities are just a click away, when you need and want them.

Facing Dementia Together but Apart  (part 2) - Recent social distancing measures due to COVID-19 have a huge impact on caregivers. Caregiving from a distance can be challenging in more ways than one. It is difficult to know how to best support a person living with dementia. In this webinar, Dementia Care Coach Samantha Moir will discuss what is available in the community and at the Dementia Society in terms of resources, programs, and activities. (43min:22sec)

Financial Information for Caregivers This presentation will discuss a few medical/health tax credits, including the disability tax credit and caregivers' credit. Also a brief talk about managing finances in retirement, trusts, and their use, and the power of attorney for financial matters(60min:17sec)

On-Demand Activities

Get crafty! A series of Arts and Minds classes is now available on the Dementia Society’s to view them please click here. Pick from (painting, drawing, specific examples) classes to find the instructor-lead session that best suits your interests.

Music fires the brain! Our Circle of Song sing-a-long classes are available at your convenience on YouTube. To view them please click here and you’ll be humming along in no time.

In-Home Programs

NEW - Take-a-Break: We speak your language! The Take-a-Break Program has trained volunteers waiting to connect with you. And they speak your language, be that English, French, Russian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Mandarin, Kurdish, Persian, and Arabic. Take a break and know we’ve got you covered in 10 languages!  We’ll find the right fit so you both get a break. For more information and to register, click here.

Pedal Power Program - Pedal Power is- a foot pedal loan program that sets you up to cycle in the comfort of your home. We provide the pedals and you’re on your way – it’s easier than riding a bike! To learn more click here.

Did You Know?

  • Are you looking for technologies to help a person with dementia stay safe, be more independent, or improve their quality of life? Learn more about technologies for people with dementia here: Click here for more information.

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