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Your Guide to Meaningful Brain Healthy Activities

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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A COVID Christmas Poem submitted
to us by a Caregiver.

Written by Pauline Cherry, a caregiver December 1, 2020

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

Support Groups will be on hold from December 24 and re-starting the week of January 4th. During this time our intake line will still be open
888.889.6002


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.

Join our Thursday Peer Connection Group to speak with people that are experiencing similar situations as yours. 

Research Opportunities

We See You. We’re here for you. And we’d like to work with you!
As a person living with a diagnosis of dementia, we value your input and want to be sure your voice is included in our program and service design.
If you are interested in sharing your opinions through an email discussion group, focus groups, reviewing proposals, and sharing your experience as a person living with dementia, please contact Dean at dhenderson@dsorc.org, or call 888.889.6002. Commitment and frequency to be determined based on participant interest and availability.

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.

Tuesday, December 22 @ 2 pm - Pause, restore, and recenter your energy to support your overall wellbeing. Join the Mindfulness for Caregivers series hosted by Jessica Lemieux (MSW, RSW), a registered social worker, therapist, and meditation teacher. In these revitalizing 15 minute sessions, Jessica uses gentle movement, visualization, soothing sounds, contemplative exercises and includes a psycho-educational component. 

For a pdf of our upcoming events please click here

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 Challenge of COVID-19 and Persons Living with Dementia.  Hosted by Dr. Frank Knoefel BSc, MD, CCFP (COE), FCFP, MPA Physician, Bruyère Memory Program, Bruyère Continuing Care. Dr. Knoefel is a physician at the Bruyère Memory Program, Bruyère Continuing Care, and Senior Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa, Canada). He is also a scientist with the AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence network. (1 hr:12 min.) Click here to watch this video on our YouTube Channel.

In-Home Programs

Make a Connection, Take a Break! 

With in-person programs suspended, people living with dementia currently have few options for social connections.  That's why we developed the Make a Connection, Take a Break 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 ZOOM - 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. 

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!

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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