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Brain-Friendly Activities and Information!

Giving Thanks This Year
We know this Thanksgiving looks different. And we know this is not easy. While we may not have all the family and friends that we wish around our Thanksgiving tables, we are nonetheless grateful for the connections we can make -- be they virtual, by phone, from a distance, or simply in memories.

At the Dementia Society, we are grateful for all the caregivers and families that ensure that their people are safe and loved, particularly in difficult circumstances and times like these. You are providing care, service, and support that is deeply valued, including by those who may not be able to express their gratitude. So on their behalf, we send you warm wishes on and of Thanksgiving.
And we remind you, you are not alone. Your community of support, the Dementia Society, is always here to support you, to lend an ear or a hand.

Look after yourselves, and do not hesitate to contact us.


BrainyActive Challenge
Your donations are helping us to help more people isolated as a result of COVID-19 health measures. We’ve adapted our services to the needs and circumstances of people living with dementia during the pandemic: like moving support groups and dementia-appropriate music, art, and movement programs online; and offering dementia education online. We are creating new programs like virtual visits, and safe in-person visits with people that are highly isolated.

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.


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.

Music stimulates memories, reduces anxiety, and provides opportunity for shared activity with loved ones. Click here to watch Dr. Cheryl Jones, an accredited music therapist, discuss various ways music can be used in dementia care and why it is effective.

See below for our list of weekly music programs.

Monday's @ 10:30 am - Join Musical Connections with Chris White - To register and for more information click here

Tuesday's  @ 3:30 pm- Join Anne for Musical Connections and Joyful Song To register and for more information click here

Thursday's @ 3:30 pm - Join Musical Connections with the Key to Happiness - To register and for more information click here

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

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 during the pandemic, there are no fees.

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.

Mind Your Brain Health - BrainyActive Challenge Edition
This on-demand webinar will provide you with an overview of the brain, aging, dementia, and brain-healthy choices you can make. Watch at your convenience to learn ways to increase or maintain your brain health. (28min:13sec)

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.

In-Home Programs

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.

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?

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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Give 65 Campaign – July 13-16, 2021

July 13-16 marks the date for the next Give65 Event. Through our partnership with GIVE65, a Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada program, the Dementia Society could benefit from up to $5,000 in additional matching grants. Matching dollars are ...

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