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Your Guide to Meaningful Activities July 19 - 25


  • NEW - Thursday, July 23 @ 12 p.m. - The Effectiveness of Music for Individuals Living with Dementia-How and Why. Music is scientifically recognized as an effective and meaningful intervention for individuals living with dementia: it can stimulate memories, reduce anxiety, and provide an opportunity for a shared activity. Join Dr. Cheryl Jones, an accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist, to learn how music “works” in the brain, and how to integrate music in your caregiver toolkit.
  • NEW - Webinar On-Demand - Dementia Basics Part 3 - Research and Services in the Region  - featuring Neil Thomas, M.D., FCFPC, MSc, Neurologist,  Bruyère Memory Program 
  • You are invited to participate in a study geared towards supporting caregivers as they experience significant changes. To increase their hope, quality of life, and ability to deal with adverse situations. The overall goal of this research is to help caregivers like you.

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  • NEW - Caregiving can be stressful and require a lot of resilience from a caregiver. Remember to give yourself permission to feel your feelings, do not judge them. If you need a break try our Virtual Respite program, it's free and you just need to register to have your loved one matched with a volunteer. 
  • For more information on meaningful activities, you can do at home click here.

Just for Fun 

  • NEW - The Capital Ukrainian Festival is celebrating online for 2020. On Saturday, July 25, connect with their social media accounts for a celebration of Ukrainian culture from 4 pm to 8 pm (EDT
  • For an up-to-date list of Canadian live streams to watch during COVID-19 check out CBC.ca 


Caregiver Support Groups for July:

  • Grief Peer Support Group
  • Caregiver Support Groups for those supporting someone living with dementia in long term care or retirement home.
  • Click here for upcoming Support Groups in Ottawa. 
  • Click here for 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. DONATE


National Volunteer Appreciation Week

If you look up the definition of ‘volunteer’, it simply states, “Freely offer to do something.” Although true, this doesn’t sufficiently capture those who volunteer. I’ve been a Volunteer Coordinator with the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew  Cou

The statistics are alarming: one of the greatest risk factors for dying of COVID-19 is dementia. The reasons are many and potentially complex, but the need to prioritize the 24,000+ people diagnosed with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County and their

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Make a Connection, Take a Break! Dementia can be highly isolating and the recent social distancing requirements haven’t helped. Make a Connection, Take a Break is an opportunity for people living with dementia to enjoy a regular, safe visit w

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