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Weekly Round Up

Your guide to meaningful activities - April 27 - May 1, 2020


  • NEW - Monday, April 27th @ 12pm - Enabling Abilities in Dementia: The DementiaAbility Way 
    • The DementiAbility Methods teach carers to think differently about dementia, thus changing the focus from one of loss to one of exposing abilities. With a focus on the person, rather than the task, the DementAbility Methods provide the tools that are aimed at enabling abilities and setting each individual up for success.
  • NEW - Wednesday, April 29th @ 12pm  Careteam a care planner for Caregivers 
    • Our Dementia Care Coaches are creating care plans on a digital health platform called Careteam. Careteam is a secure platform that allows virtual care collaboration and communication to enable care planning and engagement.
  • NEW - Thursday, April 30th @ 12pm - Advance Care Plan 
    • Hosted by Tara Cohen, a social worker (MSW, RSW) and mindfulness instructor who is deeply committed to supporting individuals in achieving their optimal quality of life, throughout their life journey. 
  • NEW - Webinar - Facing Dementia Together but Apart (Part 1) - is now on YouTube
  • NEW - Webinar -  Facing Dementia Together but Apart (Part 2): Community Resources For Caregiving During COVID-19 is nowon YouTube
  • COVID-19 Community Support Services Website
    • The site is available in both English and French and focuses on four key services:
      • Grocery and pharmacy delivery
      • Transportation to medical appointments
      • Telephone safety check
      • Meals on Wheels
  • Are you a caregiver, health care provider, or physician caring for a person living with dementia? We want your feedback.  Help Bruyere Research Institute and the Dementia Society create a website to improve access to Dementia Friendly Resources.  Click here to complete the survey to tell us which dementia related resources you access and are useful to you. 

Meaningful Activities

  • Mondays @ 10:30am  -The Dementia Society is proud to present our live music program Turquoise sing-a-long.
  • Arts and Minds class 4:The Ordinary in Your House using Contour Drawing is now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
  • Circle of Song sing-a-long class 4 is now on YouTube for on-demand viewing
  • The Dementia Society is excited to launch a brand new initiative to help support our clients and their families during the period of physical distancing brought on by COVID-19. We will be launching Pedal Power- Foot Pedal loans as a part of our ongoing Meaningful Activities programming - to learn more click here.
  • NEW - With the nice weather upon us we challenge you to a DSORC Scavenger Hunt. You can do this in your backyard, from your deck or porch and if it's safe for you to do so on a small walk. Send us pictures on your scavenger hunt or post on social media with #DSORCScavengerHunt 
    • Please always follow the recommendations of Ottawa Public Health and practice physical/social distancing when going outside during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Here is this weeks list:
      • Willow Tree
      • Tulips
      • Cedar hedge
      • A bridge
      • Chick-a-dee

Tip of the Week

  • Check out our daily 10@10 program found on our Facebook page @TheDementiaSociety everyday at 10am for 10 minutes, we will walk you through some fun easy movements that you can do together.  
  • NEW - Try and instill a routine, plan how you’ll spend your time. It might help to put together a schedule for your day. Try to follow your ordinary routine as closely as possible – go to bed at your usual time and set that alarm so you don’t over sleep.
  • For more information on meaningful activities you can do at home click here.

Just for Fun

  • NEW - Visit the Toronto Zoo through their new initiative "Zoo to You." 
  • NEW - The National Art Gallery has launched "Virtual NGC" tour. From curator’s choice and virtual gallery features to thought-provoking articles and downloadable resources. 


We have over 24 support groups each month across Ottawa and Renfrew County. Support groups provide a safe environment for caregivers and families to learn, express and help each other by offering mutual understanding and support. Support groups are collaborative and are led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer. Choose to join via zoom or by calling in over the telephone. Click on the following links to see the latest schedule and register.

Click here for April's upcoming Support Groups in Ottawa
Click here for April's upcoming Support Groups in Renfrew County

No one should face dementia alone. We appreciate your unwavering support during these challenging times.  We were created by our community for our community and we stand with our community, continuing to provide much needed services and support to people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families.



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