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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 with a new friend, and take the pressure off family and caregivers for a welcome break.  Follow our 3 simple steps: introduce yourself, connect with us and we will help you to find your way to recharge your batteries. For more information on the program visit us at www.MakeAConnectionTakeABreak.ca 

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

At the Dementia Society, we often talk about the 24,000 people in our region that have a diagnosis. But for each person with a diagnosis, there is a ripple effect that the illness has on those around them.

1 in 5 of us has experience caring for someone living with dementia.

And 1 in 5 caregivers of a person living with dementia “agrees” that they sometimes feel embarrassed to be seen in public with the person they care for.

This January 2021, we’ll be talking about dementia—what is it, how can you recognize it, and how to live well with a diagnosis. We’ll also be talking about the stigma of dementia for people living with dementia and for caregivers. Stay tuned to learn more on our social channels, in this weekly newsletter, and in some special webinars where you can learn more about what you can do to help make our community more inclusive for people living with a diagnosis of dementia and their caregivers.

Let’s not let stigma stand in the way of understanding and living well with dementia.

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.

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.

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?

A person living with dementia may need help with daily activities. As the disease progresses, you might decide to enlist support to help meet the person’s needs. This might include support through home care agencies. It is common for people to find the idea of home care unsettling. Learn more here

Live Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming LIVE Stream 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, January 12, 2021, @ 10:30 am - Join us to our Creative Cards and Crafts online session, our instructor Brenda Wilson, will teach people living with dementia and their caregivers to create stunning cards for all occasions. Upon registration, individuals will receive kits – to be pickup at a curbside– to make participation absolutely fun. This program is free!

Friday, January 15, 2021, @ 10:30 am - Teepa Snow online Caregiver Support Series - The series provides an educational forum using Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and is co-facilitated by Teepa Snow certified Coaches and Consultants. The sessions are intended to be interactive and exploratory, encouraging and assisting participants to apply what they’ve learned to their own unique situations. Register here.

Thursday, January 21, 2021, @ 1 pm - 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. Register here. 

Tuesday's Let's Get Moving with Bea Alt - Every Tuesday at 1 pm join Bea for an hour of movement and fun! The program’s focus is on functional exercises and includes the following components; cardiovascular and strength training; balance exercises, and stretching. Register here. 

Wednesday's Let's Get Moving Meg Stickle - Every Wednesday at 4 pm we invite people living with dementia and their caregiver to join Meg on the road to physical activity from home! Register here.

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.

Join Dr. Andrew Frank for part 1 of our Dementia Basics Series - The Science of Dementia  -The Again Brain. In this webinar, Dr. Frank will discuss the impact of aging on the brain, cardiovascular, and respiratory system as well as evidence-based preventive measures to reduce the risk of dementia.  
(1 hr:09 min.)Click here to watch this video on our YouTube Channel.

Fidget blankets are a great tool to help manage 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.

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 YoutTube pageto view them please click here.Pick from (painting, drawing, specific examples) classes to find the instructor-led session that best suits your interests.


Client Story: Bill Hayden

By Alexandra Peach "For a diagnosis, see a neurologist, for the other 99% of your well-being, see the Dementia Society."Bill Hayden, person living with dementia Five years ago, as a multi-tasking senior executive at a life science informatics company, ...

COVID-19 Client Immunization Policy

The Dementia Society loves seeing you at our free events! After successfully moving many programs online at the beginning of the pandemic, we are now reopening some in-person activities and programs in compliance with Ontario’s ...

Give 65 Campaign – July 13-16, 2021

July 13-16 marks the date for the next Give65 Event. Through our partnership with GIVE65, a Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada program, the Dementia Society could benefit from up to $5,000 in additional matching grants. Matching dollars are ...

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