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Be a part of life-changing research with Bruyère -  Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer's disease? Join in advancing dementia care and research - click here for more information.

#GivingTuesday is just one week away! December 1, 2020, is a global movement for giving that harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in our local communities. Across Canada and around the world, #GivingTuesday unite communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.   

We’re partnering with GIVE65 again to make it an even bigger impact on that 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. non un membre de leur famille dans des soins de longue durée.
Pour plus d’informations et pour vous inscrire, cliquez ici.

Tuesday, November, 24 @ 5 p.m. - Join Dean Lett, Director of Long-Term Care Services for the City of Ottawa, who also oversees the operations of the City’s four municipally run long-term care homes. Join Dean as he shares updates and answers questions live related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care services.  For more information and to register click here.

Thursday, November 26 @ 12 p.m. - Family Issues in Dementia - Dementia is a family experience. Join Marge Dempsey RN, BA a retired nurse with a degree in neuropsychology. Marge has spent 21 years developing and directing the clinical programs for the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region including 3 years as their CEO. Marge will be guiding you through issues of latent grief and how loss impacts each family member, a model for caregiver support, and strategies for managing stress. For more information and to register click here.

Tuesday, November 24 @ 4 p.m. - 40’s & 50’s Sock Hop-Paul Anthony.  Carefor & the Dementia Society  are proud to present Living Room Live! Concert Series from October 2020 to March 2021. 

Musical Connections

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.

If you missed it here is The Science of Dementia - The Aging Brain with special guest speaker Dr. Andrew Frank available on-demand for you to watch when it best suits your schedule. If you are interested in registering for the rest of the Dementia Basics series please register here.

In-Home Programs

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

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.

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. 
Part of the fun is opening up the kit and finding out which activities you've gotten by luck of the draw!

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


Client Story: Bill Hayden

By Alexandra Peach "For a diagnosis, see a neurologist, for the other 99% of your well-being, see the Dementia Society."Bill Hayden, person living with dementia Five years ago, as a multi-tasking senior executive at a life science informatics company, ...

COVID-19 Client Immunization Policy

The Dementia Society loves seeing you at our free events! After successfully moving many programs online at the beginning of the pandemic, we are now reopening some in-person activities and programs in compliance with Ontario’s ...

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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