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Welcome to Your Weekly Round-Up

Brain-Friendly Activities and Information!

Join the BrainyActive Challenge - Participez au Défi Remuez vos méninges!
Saturday, September 19th, the Dementia Society launched the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges, an exciting new virtual event that engages people to activate their bodies and minds while raising funds and awareness for dementia support. 

Anyone can take the BrainyActive Challenge/Défi Remuez vos méninges by doing a brain-stimulating activity every day, whether reading a book, taking a walk, doing a puzzle, learning something new, dancing, knitting – anything they enjoy doing on their own or safely with others.

Participants ask their communities to sponsor them or their team, then share pictures and videos of their activities as they build dementia-busting habits.

Challenge yourself and challenge a family member, friend, coworker to sharpen brain, and see who raises the most funds to support the 24 000 people living with dementia, their caregivers and families in Ottawa and Renfrew County!

Please visit the BrainyActive page for more information.

Live Events/Évènements en Direct

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.

Marquez vos calendriers pour les prochains évènements, en DIRECT.  Ces évènements en direct du Dementia Society vous offres l'occasion d'intéragir en temps-virtuel réel, questions et réponses avec des experts en démence et une connection directe avec votre communauté d'appuie.

Supporting Dementia Online

About this Event:  The Supporting Dementia learning series is for caregivers of persons with dementia. This learning series will provide caregivers with information about symptoms that may accompany the progression of dementia. Caregivers will have the opportunity to learn strategies for support. This learning series will provide caregivers with information, support, and an opportunity to discuss experiences and express their feelings in a safe environment. This learning series uses a positive approach and focuses on maintaining and enhancing caregiver skills and abilities now and for the future.

Sessions will provide information about:

  • The progression of dementia
  • Communication and behaviour strategies
  • Caregiver resiliency strategies

The Supporting Dementia learning series occurs over two two-hour sessions.

September 2020 Online Sessions:

Part 2:  Sept 24, 2020 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Family Resiliency

About this Event:  Family Resiliency is a supportive pillar for families in the journey of dementia.  Many families struggle with maintaining relationships and communication when emotions become strong. This webinar is presented by a counselor specializing in dementia care and will explore and help participants understand:

  • Dementia and Family dynamics
  • Family Shared goals when it comes to care
  • Family Conflict Resolution
  • Family communication tools
  • Family Resources and services in the community

Join us Sept 15 - Dec 15 for our Creative Cards and Crafts online session, our instructor Brenda Wilson, will teach people living with dementia and their caregivers to create wonderful cards for all occasions

We invite people living with dementia and their caregivers to join Let's Get Moving and become physically active from home with this virtual fitness program every Wednesday at 3 pm.

Physical activity has been known to improve your mood, sleep, and memory.

Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

A Dementia Care Coach provides expert support to improve the quality of life of caregivers, families, and people living with dementia.


  • When you are struggling to cope, we are here to help you and your loved one by providing support, education, and referral to appropriate services for additional care.
  • If you have questions, we will take the time to help you understand. We will be sure to help find an answer or guide you in the right direction.
  • If you are a caregiver or family member, we will help you develop the skills and techniques you need to stay connected with the person you support.

Please click here for a brief (3m36s) video about Dementia Care Coach on our YouTube Channel.

For more information about Dementia Care Coach, visit the program information page by clicking here.

Always-On Programming

The Dementia Society offers a wealth of on-demand programming available to you on your time. Education, entertainment and dementia-tailored activities are just a click away, when you need and want them.

On-Demand Education

Careteam a Care Planner for Caregivers WebinarCareteam can help you keep information such as instructions, appointments, and documents related to your family members' care. You can even message your Dementia Care Coach. In this webinar, we will provide a demonstration of Careteam and go over all the great features. (31mins:56secs).

Dementia Basics Part 1A six-part education series that provides an overview of dementia and associated management strategies. Recommended for friends, family, and caregivers of people living with dementia.(52mins:41secs).

On-Demand Activities

Musical Connection with The Key of Happiness Do you enjoy music? Do you like to sing? If so, come join Musical Connections with The Key of Happiness Group:  A group of young musicians who bring joy into the lives of others through music.

Get crafty! A series of Arts and Minds classes is now available on the Dementia Society’sto view them please click here.Pick from (painting, drawing, specific examples) classes to find the instructor-lead session that best suits your interests.

In-Home Programs/Programmes à la maison

NEW - Take-a-Break:  Hello, Bonjour, Привет, Hallo, xin chào, Szia, 你好slav, سلام, مرحبا!

We speak your language! The Take-a-Break Program has trained volunteers waiting to connect with you. And they speak your language, be that English, French, Russian, Dutch, Vietnamese, Hungarian, Mandarin, Kurdish, Persian, and Arabic. Take a break and know we’ve got you covered in 10 languages!  We’ll find the right fit so you both get a break. For more information and to register, click here.

Pedal Power Program - 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! To learn more click here.

Did You Know?/Saviez Vous?

Ottawa Public Health has launched a new Facebook page for residents 55+ and caregivers!  

This Facebook page is called Aging Well in Ottawa and will share COVID-19 health-related information. Follow them to keep up to date with information about physical distancing, masks, healthy eating, active living, mental health, and more. The Facebook page is moderated by Ottawa public health professionals and overseen by a Public Health Nurse from 9 am to 3 pm daily (Monday to Friday, excluding holidays) while encouraging residents to connect with one another.  
Follow this exciting new initiative!  Visit us at:   https://www.facebook.com/AgingWellInOttawa/ 
Santé publique Ottawa a lancé sa nouvelle page Facebook destinée aux adultes de plus de 55 ans et aux aidants!  
La page Bien vieillir à Ottawa permettra de partager des renseignements sur la santé liés à la COVID-19. Suivez-les pour obtenir de l’information à jour sur la distanciation physique, les masques, l’alimentation saine, la vie active, la santé mentale et ainsi de suite. La page Facebook est gérée par des professionnels de la santé publique à Ottawa et supervisée par une infirmière en santé publique, du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h à 15 h (à l’exception des jours fériés) pour alimenter les discussions entre les résidents.  

Joignez-vous à cette nouvelle initiative stimulante en ligne!  Visitez:  https://www.facebook.com/BienVieilliraOttawa/


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