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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 a family member has recently received a diagnosis, call us.
If you need information about behavioural changes in 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, because no one should face dementia alone.
Thank you again to everyone that participated in the BrainyActive Challenge!
We still need your help to reach our fundraising goal, and because of this, we have decided to keep the challenge open until November 30th.
Please continue to work on your brain health to help fend off dementia and encourage your friends and family to support the Dementia Society by making a donation.
Let us know who you are getting BrainyActive for by taking a picture of yourself with this BrainyActive sign and posting it on social media using #BrainyActiveChallenge.
If you have a BrainyActive Challenge lawn sign we encourage you to leave it up to continue promoting and spreading awareness for the Dementia Society.
If you would like your lawn sign picked up, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW - 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 COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges. This is true for people living with dementia and caregivers. A person with dementia may have questions about COVID-19. They may become upset or confused about the global situation. Communicating with the person you are caring for can help them feel safe. Learn more here.
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.
Monday, November 2 @ 5:00 pm - Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) - Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition that causes a slight but noticeable decline in memory or other thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities. Join this webinar to learn more - 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, 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.
Monday, November 9 @ 5:30 pm - Considerations for Long Term Care - This session is intended to guide caregivers through key aspects of the decision-making process as they consider the option of moving a family member into long-term care. A special focus addresses the varied emotions caregivers may experience as they consider their needs and their options. For more information and to register click here.
Monday, November 16th @ 6:00 pm - Dementia Basics - A six-part education series that provides an overview of dementia and associated management strategies. To register and for more information click here.
Mardi, 24 novembre 2020 @ 10:00 - Prendre la décision - Comprendre les soins à domicile et en milieu communautaire et y accéder - Cette séance vise à guider les aidants naturels à travers les principaux aspects du processus de prise de décision lorsqu’ils envisagent de transférer ou non un membre de leur famille dans des soins de longue durée. Pour plus d’informations et pour vous inscrire, cliquez ici.
Tuesday, November 17th @ 11:00 am - Arts and Minds - Masterpiece, Winter Trees - Join us to create A Masterpiece! This online art course, led by renowned local artist Gillian King, will teach people living with dementia and a caregiver how to paint on canvas! Upon registration, individuals will receive art kits – delivered straight to their doors – to make participation fun and easy. And it’s free!
Music stimulates memories, reduces anxiety, and provides opportunity for shared activity with loved ones.
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
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
The Dementia Society offers a wealth of on-demand programming available to you on your own time. Education, entertainment, and dementia-tailored activities are just a click away, when you need and want them.
Family Resiliency is a supportive pillar in families as they go through their dementia journey. In this webinar, you will learn how to navigate through; family dynamics, communicating care goals, conflict resolution, and about services in our community that can help. (56min:37sec)
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 are 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, 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.
Looking for a fun activity package, but don't know which one to pick? Try our Surprise! Meaningful Activity Package! You'll get a random variety of
brain-stimulating activities to work on, all in a convenient pickup package.
There are so many different games, activities, and projects that you could get in your Surprise! Meaningful Activity Package. Part of the fun is opening up the kit and finding out which activities you've gotten by luck of the draw! Order Here
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 and with the cold weather approaching it's a great alternative! To learn more click here.
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