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Weekly Round-Up

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities

This Week's Featured Event:

NEW - Monday, November 16th @ 6:00 pm - A Special LIVE Q&A Dementia Basics - A six-part education series that provides you the opportunity to connect with experts, ask questions and learn more about this disease. The first part of the series is The Science of Dementia - The Ageing Brain, join guest speaker Dr. Andrew Frank as he dives into this topic and takes your questions live. To register and for more information click here.

#GivingTuesday is just two weeks away! December 1, 2020, is a day dedicated to giving back, we’re partnering with GIVE65 again to make it an even bigger day with matching grants. Through our partnership with GIVE65, a Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada program. We have the chance to receive up to $5,000 in matching grants, but only for a short period of time. Matching dollars are awarded on a first-come, first-matched basis, meaning the earlier you give (closer to 1 a.m. EST), the more likely your gift is to be matched.  We hope that you will consider a gift to help support the 24,000 people living with dementia.

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.

La Société de la démence : Aucun besoin de se faire référer. Pas de liste d’attente ni de frais

La Société de la démence soutient les personnes atteintes de démence, et leurs membres de la famille ainsi que les personnes à l’appui. Si vous soupçonnez un défi de mémoire ou si un membre de votre famille a récemment obtenu un diagnostic, sentez-vous à l’aise de nous appeler. Nous sommes là pour vous.

La Société de la démence est là pour vous offrir de l'information sur les défis et les changements qu’une personne atteinte de démence subit. Il est certainement plus pertinent aujourd’hui lors de la période de la pandémie qui augmente les risques de l’isolement social. Nous pouvons vous aider. 

Tout le monde a parfois besoin d’une écoute attentive et de se sentir comprit. Toutes les questions et les besoins peuvent être discutés.

Nous avons des personnes  bilingues spécialisées et formées en démence. Nous sommes là pour vous aider de 8 h 30 à 20 h du lundi au jeudi et de 8 h 30 à 16 h les vendredis.


Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

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:

  • Tuesdays:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesdays:  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Thursdays:  1:00 pm – 3:00 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.

Did You Know?

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.

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.

Carefor & The Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County are proud to present Living Room Live! Concert Series from October 2020 to March 2021.

Carefor & The Dementia Society will be hosting LIVE, virtual concerts monthly until the end of March 2021.

Get your groove on with the Living room Live! Concert Series :

Join Us on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 4:00 – 4:45 pm -40’s & 50’s Sock Hop-Paul Anthony

This concert is free.

NOUVEAU - mercerdi., 25 novembre 2020 @13:00 - 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 et pour leurs accompagnateurs.

Grab your favourite holiday treat and get warm and cozy for Starry Night! A special holiday-themed art session for people living with dementia and their caregiver. This session will be a time to celebrate the holidays together, connect with others, and have fun painting. Materials will be supplied. 

Musical Connections

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

Always-On Programming

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.

The daily routines of the lives of people living with dementia may continue, but they are typically more isolated and anxious than ever before. How can those of us who give care at home, maintain our spiritual and emotional grounding when everything around us is shifting? In other words, how can we be spiritually resilient during a world-changing pandemic? Watch this webinar Spiritual Resiliency Dementia and Caregiving during Uncertain Days (1hr:02min)

In-Home Programs

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.

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.

Activity Packages

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. 

On-Demand Activities

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's view them please click here. Pick from (painting, drawing, specific examples) classes to find the instructor-lead session that best suits your interests.


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