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Brain-Friendly Activities and Information!

Join the BrainyActive Challenge - Participez au Défi Remuez vos méninges!
Saturday, September 19th, the Dementia Society launched the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges, an exciting new virtual event that engages people to activate their bodies and minds while raising funds and awareness for dementia support. 

We are a little over 25% of the way to our fundraising goal!  Anyone can take the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges by doing a brain-stimulating activity every day.  Participants ask their communities to sponsor them or their team, then share pictures and videos of their activities as they build dementia-busting habits.

Challenge yourself and challenge a family member, friend, coworker to sharpen the brain, and see who raises the most funds to support the 24 000 people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families in Ottawa and Renfrew County!

Click on the above graphic to view the launch!
Please visit www.BrainyActiveChallenge.ca for more information.

Live Events/Évènements en Direct

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.

Marquez vos calendriers pour les prochains évènements, en DIRECT.  Ces évènements en direct du Dementia Society vous offres l'occasion d'intéragir en temps-virtuel réel, questions et réponses avec des experts en démence et une connection directe avec votre communauté d'appuie.

Mind Your Brain Health (Webinar)

About this Event:  Mind Your Brain Health will provide you with an overview of the brain, aging, dementia and brain-healthy choices you can make.  Join us to learn the 8 ways to increase or maintain your brain health.

When:  Monday, September 28, 2020 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Musical Connections with Anne and Joyful Sound Ottawa (Choir)

About this Event:  Joyful Sound Ottawa is an intergenerational, community choir for persons with memory loss, their caregivers and students. 

We will be doing online (virtual) rehearsals using Zoom.  Rehearsals will begin September 29 and continue until early December. 

This is a choir not a drop- in event. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE MEMBERS to attend on a weekly basis.  We will be preparing one or two pieces for a virtual concert in December. Individual choir members will record themselves at home.  Then the wonders of technology will weave their magic to create some wonderful choral pieces.

Join us:   Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:30

Musical Connections with the Key of Happiness

About this Event:  Do you enjoy music? Do you like to sing? If so, come join Musical Connections with The Key of Happiness group! We are a group of young musicians with a wish to bring joy into the lives of others through music. We offer singalongs as well as performances of various musical genres such as classical, jazz, folk, and popular music from different time periods. Join us and let's make music together in The Key of Happiness

Join us:  Every second Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • October 1, 15, 29
  • November 12, 26
  • December 10, 24 (Christmas Special)

Family Resiliency

About this Event:  Family Resiliency is a supportive pillar for families in the journey of dementia.  Many families struggle with maintaining relationships and communication when emotions become strong. This webinar is presented by a counselor specializing in dementia care and will explore and help participants understand:

  • Dementia and Family dynamics
  • Family Shared goals when it comes to care
  • Family Conflict Resolution
  • Family communication tools
  • Family Resources and services in the community

Join us Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

Musical Connections with Chris White

About this Event:  Group leaders Chris White and Moe Archambault use rhythm, song, gesture, dance, and humour to engage participants in a spirit of friendship and fun. Activities include singing songs with and without words; playing drums, kazoos, and shakers; and making up new songs. Participants have the opportunity to express themselves in a supportive environment and have described their experience as having a variety of cognitive and emotional benefits.

Join Us on Mondays, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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 wonderful cards for all occasions.

Join us every Tuesday from 10:30 - 11:30 AM.

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.

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

Join us every Wednesday at 3 pm.

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

A Dementia Care Coach provides expert support to improve the quality of life of caregivers, families, and people living with dementia.


  • When you are struggling to cope, we are here to help you and your loved one by providing support, education, and referral to appropriate services for additional care.
  • If you have questions, we will take the time to help you understand. We will be sure to help find an answer or guide you in the right direction.
  • If you are a caregiver or family member, we will help you develop the skills and techniques you need to stay connected with the person you support.

Please click here for a brief (3m36s) video about Dementia Care Coach on our YouTube Channel.

For more information about Dementia Care Coach, visit the program information page by clicking 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.

Dementia Basics Part 2: A six-part education series that provides an overview of dementia and associated management strategies. Recommended for friends, family, and caregivers of people living with dementia. (1hr17mins:17secs).

Fireside Chat: Connecting Older Adults through TechnologyGet better Digital literacy skills, technology training, and support provided by Connected Canadians. Interested in Virtual Respite and how Connected Canadians can help.  (46mins:05secs).

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

Musical Connection with The Key of Happiness Do you enjoy music? Do you like to sing? If so, come join Musical Connections with The Key of Happiness Group:  A group of young musicians who bring joy into the lives of others through music.

In-Home Programs/Programmes à la maison

NEW - Take-a-Break:  Hello, Bonjour, Привет, Hallo, xin chào, Szia, 你好slav, سلام, مرحبا!

Take-a-Break provides welcome and regular breaks from the demands of dementia care - a critical part of living with dementia and caregiving.  Volunteers visit virtually with a person living with dementia, allowing caregivers a few minutes to catch their breath.  This multilingual service (available in over 10 languages) is free.  All you have to do is register to be matched with a trained volunteer.  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?/Saviez Vous?

Ottawa Public Health has launched a new Facebook page for residents 55+ and caregivers!  

This Facebook page is called Aging Well in Ottawa and will share COVID-19 health-related information. Follow them to keep up to date with information about physical distancing, masks, healthy eating, active living, mental health, and more. The Facebook page is moderated by Ottawa public health professionals and overseen by a Public Health Nurse from 9 am to 3 pm daily (Monday to Friday, excluding holidays) while encouraging residents to connect with one another.  Follow this exciting new initiative!  Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/AgingWellInOttawa/ 
Santé publique Ottawa a lancé sa nouvelle page Facebook destinée aux adultes de plus de 55 ans et aux aidants!  
La page Bien vieillir à Ottawa permettra de partager des renseignements sur la santé liés à la COVID-19. Suivez-les pour obtenir de l’information à jour sur la distanciation physique, les masques, l’alimentation saine, la vie active, la santé mentale et ainsi de suite. La page Facebook est gérée par des professionnels de la santé publique à Ottawa et supervisée par une infirmière en santé publique, du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 15 h (à l’exception des jours fériés) pour alimenter les discussions entre les résidents.  

Joignez-vous à cette nouvelle initiative stimulante en ligne!  Visitez:  https://www.facebook.com/BienVieilliraOttawa/


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