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Brain-Friendly Activities and Information!

The BrainyActive Challenge -
now and just until Thanksgiving

Look who's getting BrainyActive!
The 58th Mayor,  of the City of Ottawa, Larry O'Brien Challenges you to get BrainyActive.

The World Health Organization reports that older adults, especially in isolation and those with cognitive decline may become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated, and withdrawn during the COVID-19 outbreak, or while in quarantine. At the Dementia Society, we know that for a fact. The social isolation and loneliness reported by our clients is high, along with unprecedented levels of stress, burnout, and anxiety. People living with dementia, and their caregivers and families have lost critical opportunities for social interaction and this is affecting their mental and physical health and well-being.

That’s why we’re holding the BrainyActive Challenge. It’s about doing something good for your brain while raising awareness of dementia and raising funds for the Dementia Society.
 
You can help us reach our goal and enjoy your own more resilient brain by participating or simply making a donation to help support our work to reach more people in our region during this trying time of social isolation. 

The Dementia Society: No Referral, No Wait List, No Fees
The Dementia Society is a community of support for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and families. If you suspect you may have memory troubles, or maybe a family member has recently received a diagnosis, call us. If you need information about behavioural changes of a person living with dementia – especially now during the pandemic and social isolation—we can help. Or your nerves are frayed and you need someone who will listen and understand. These are all valid questions and needs. Our trained, bilingual Dementia Care Coaches are here to help from 8:30 am – 8 pm Monday-Thursday, and 8:30 am – 4 pm on Friday. Reach out, no one should face dementia alone.
tel:613-523-4004
tel:1-888-411-2067
info@dsorc.org

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 our Dementia Basics 6 part program starting on Thursday, October 8th at @5pm with
Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Frank M.D. B.Sc.H. F.R.C.P.(C) Cognitive and Behavioural Neurologist Medical Director, Bruyère Memory Program Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital

Musical Connections with Anne and Joyful Sound Ottawa (Choir)
Joyful Sound Ottawa is an intergenerational, community choir for persons with memory loss, their caregivers and students. 
We will be doing online rehearsals beginning September 29 and continuing until early December
For more information and to register click here. And to watch Anne's BrainyActive Challenge click here.

Musical Connections with the Key of Happiness
This is of young musicians brings joy into the lives of others through music. Offering singalongs as well as performances of various musical genres. Join The Key of Happiness Every second Thursday, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Want more information? Click here - You can also learn more about this program by watching this YouTube Video.

Musical Connections with Chris White
Join Group leaders Chris White and Moe Archambault every Monday at 10:30am use rhythm, song, gesture, dance, and humour to engage participants in a spirit of friendship and fun. 

Join us Every Tuesday at 10:30am 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.

Physical activity is known to improve mood, sleep, and memory. 
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.
Join us every Wednesday at 3 pm.

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

Support Groups Simplified!

With support groups not being able to meet in person at this time, we have consolidated in-person groups to the following virtual meetings:

  • Tuesdays:  10 am – 12 noon
  • Wednesdays:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursdays:  1 pm – 3 pm

Themed support groups will continue to meet once monthly, online. These groups support the needs of:

You can attend as many meetings as you find helpful. Like all our support programs, there is no cost.

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.

ublic health and authorities are signaling a second wave of infection of the COVID-19 virus.  Be prepared:  learn about the science of COVID-19 and the system and individual impacts from expert Dr. Frank Knoefel of the Bruyere Memory Program in this May 2020 webinar (1hr13mins).  You can also consult our fact sheet on how to explain COVID-19 to a person living with dementia.

To reduce transmission, wash your hands, wear a mask, and keep physically distanced.  For your well-being, keep active, keep connected to friends safely (by phone, virtually, and physically distanced), and don't hesitate to reach out for help.  We are in this together, and the Dementia Society is here to help.

For the joy of music join in for the Circle of Song, our on-demand music program. Join Jennifer Noxon for a sing-a-long style music program featuring your favourites at any time that suits you. Find her playlist on our YouTube Channel here. Music lifts the spirits and helps us to reminisce.

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

Take-a-Break and Connect to a New Friend!

With in-person programs suspended, people living with dementia currently have few options for social connections.  That's why we developed the Take-a-Break program; take a break from isolation and connect with a new friend.  We match a person living with dementia 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.  With your input, our trained multi-lingual volunteers can engage meaningfully with their match, so everyone feels valued and safe.  For more information and to register, click here.

Did You Know?


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/ 

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