Brain-Friendly Activities and Information!
Thank you - you've done a terrific job skipping, singing, cycling, baton-twirling, and learning new skills and languages! Thank you so much for helping us to reach more of the 24,000 people living with dementia in our region.
But wait, it's not over!
Thanksgiving was to be the end of the BrainyActive Challenge, but we think that for brain health it's worth going the extra kilometer. So we're keeping the campaign open until November 30th to keep you motivated and sharing your BrainyActive Challenges.
We’re sure you’ll agree: right now, we can all use the routine and brain and mood boosts. Please keep sharing your challenges and reasons for getting or staying BrainyActive. We even have a sign you can download and print to show us who motivates you to be brain-tastic.
Let’s keep using #BrainyActiveChallenge to keep the social momentum going.
Wendy Grimshaw, CEO
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.
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.
Comprendre la démence
mardi le 20 octobre à 13h 00Ce programme en ligne, en direct, cible les aidants et membres de familles des personnes atteintes de démence pour leurfournir de l’information sur lessymptômes qui peuvent accompagner la progression de la démence.
Tuesday, October 20 @ 1:00 pm - Part 2 of Supporting Dementia - To register and for more information click here.
Wednesday, October 28 @ 5:30 pm - Financial Information for Caregivers - To register and for more information click here.
Friday, October 30 @ 1:30 pm - Teepa Snow Online Caregiver Support Series - This series provides an educational forum using Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and is co-facilitated by Teepa Snow certified Coaches and Consultants - To register and for more information click here.
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
With support groups not being able to meet in person at this time, we have consolidated in-person groups to the following virtual meetings:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in volunteering and connecting with someone? Click here for more information on how you can volunteer in our Take-a-Break Program.
Pedal Power Program
One of our most popular programs, 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.
A person living with dementia may need help with daily activities. Activities can include dressing, toileting, grooming, bathing, eating, or walking. As the disease progresses, you might wonder how to help the person, while maintaining their independence and dignity. Your approach is key. Click here for more strategies on how to help.
If you look up the definition of ‘volunteer’, it simply states, “Freely offer to do something.” Although true, this doesn’t sufficiently capture those who volunteer. I’ve been a Volunteer Coordinator with the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew Cou
The statistics are alarming: one of the greatest risk factors for dying of COVID-19 is dementia. The reasons are many and potentially complex, but the need to prioritize the 24,000+ people diagnosed with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County and their