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Weekly Round-Up

Your Weekly Guide to meaningful and brain healthy activities

Help us reach $80,000 by tomorrow! Our BrainyActive Challenge comes to an official close tomorrow November 30th, thank you to all that participated and supported this first-ever major fundraiser of its kind for the Dementia Society. We are hoping to raise another $1,000 in the next 24 hours to put us over the $80,000 mark. If you have not yet donated there is still time! Please consider a gift today to help us to support the 24,000 people in our community living with dementia. All funds raised stay in our community to help run programs, workshops, and support services for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

The BrainyActive Challenge was designed to boost your brain by participating in both physical and mental activities. Research has suggested that these types of activities especially those you enjoy to do with others can prevent, delay, and slow down dementia. 

Please take some time and watch our celebration video, you can find it here by clicking this link or by visiting our YouTube page

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.

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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?

  • Wearing a mask helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. In Ontario, we must wear masks in all public indoor spaces. Wearing a mask might be challenging for a person living with dementia. The person might refuse to wear a mask or forget to wear one. They might take the mask off in public or touch their face often. Here are some tips to help a person living with dementia wear a mask.

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.

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.

Tuesday, December 8 @ 1 pm - Join us for the last Supporting Dementia learning series of 2020 - The Supporting Dementia learning series is for caregivers of people living with dementia. This 2 part series will provide you with information about symptoms that may accompany the progression of dementia, as well as the opportunity to learn strategies for support.

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.

Dean Lett is the Director of Long-Term Care Services for the City of Ottawa and oversees the operations of the City’s four municipally run long-term care homes. Listen to this on-demand webinar as Mr. Lett shares updates and answers questions related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on long-term care services. (58mins:58secs) Click here to watch this video on our YouTube Channel.

In-Home Programs

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!

Fidget blankets are a great tool to help fight anxiety and keep you engaged! Each blanket comes with a variety of buttons, zippers, buckles, and other fun trinkets to keep the hands busy while restoring calm and peace of mind. Product images courtesy of Hillcrest Stitchery; Special thanks to Hillcrest Stitchery for supporting the Meaningful Activities program!

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.

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-led session that best suits your interests.

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