Your Guide to Meaningful Activities
Thank you again to everyone that participated in the BrainyActivity Challenge! We have ultimately decided to keep the challenge open until November 30th, in other words, keep sharing your BrainyActive Challenge!
If you have a BrainyActive Challenge lawn sign please continue to leave it up as long as you like, as a result, this will help promote the Dementia Society by creating more awareness.
If you would like your lawn sign picked up, by all means, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take some time and watch our wrap-up video, you can find it here by clicking the link .
The Dementia Society is a community of support for people living with dementia, their caregivers, and their 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, by all means, we can help. Or further to that, 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 and are available 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.
The Dementia Society live events offer the opportunity for real-time interaction as well as Q&A with dementia experts, and a direct connection to your community of support.
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.
Mardi le 27 octobre à 13h 00Ce - Comprendre la démence - programme en ligne, en direct, cible les aidants et membres de familles des personnes atteintes de démence pour leur fournir de l’information sur les symptômes qui peuvent accompagner la progression de la démence. Inscrivez-vous ici
Wednesday, October 28 @ 5:30 pm - Financial Information for Caregivers - To register and for more information click here.
Thursday, November 5 @ 4:30 pm - The Role of Grief in Dementia can be complex and ongoing for caregivers and individuals diagnosed with dementia. Grief and loss can be felt at the end stages of life as well as, at the time of diagnosis, and throughout the journey. This webinar is presented by a certified grief counselor specializing in dementia care. - To register and for more information click here.
Wednesday, October 28 @ 1 pm - SPARK! - In collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County invites you to an online specialized tour for people living with dementia. Register here.
Mercredi., 28 octobre 13h 00 - Rayon d'Art - En collaboration avec le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, la Société de la démence d’Ottawa et du comté de Renfrew vous invite aux visites guidées en ligne conçues spécialement pour les personnes atteintes de démence. Inscrivez-vous ici.
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
NEW - Every Second Wednesday @ 6:00 pm - Musical Connections - Arabian Tunes - Sing both familiar and popular songs, accompanied by the Arabic Music Leader Sam Himmat and the singer Marsil Al Sulaiman. To register and for more information click here.
Thursday's @ 3:30 pm - JoinMusical 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 in addition, 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.
The Family Resiliency webinar was designed to help families that are struggling with maintaining relationships with themselves and others. This webinar will guide you through using communication tools when emotions become strong. (56min:37sec)
Take-a-Break, Make a Connection!
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, Make a Connection 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 diagnosis of dementia does not always mean that a person is incapable of driving. What matters is whether or not the person is driving safely and you may be wondering what to do if you notice changes in driving habits. Here are frequently asked questions to help guide you.
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