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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 

Se Connecter, Pour Recharger

La démence peut être très isolante et les récentes exigences de distanciation sociale n'ont pas aidé. Se Connecter, Pour Recharger est l'occasion pour les personnes atteintes de démence de rendre visite régulièrement et en toute sécurité à un nouvel ami, et de soulager la famille et les aidants d'une pause bienvenue.  Suivez nos 3 étapes simples : Parlez-nous de vous, établissez un lien avec nous et nous vous aiderons à trouver le moyen de vous ressourcer. Pour plus d'informations sur le programme, visitez notre site: 
www.SeConnecterPourRecharger.ca

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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 month we're 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.
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Your Community of Support Online and In-Person

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.

You are Invited

We would like to invite you to connect with us on our NEW Facebook Peer Support Community. Specifically designed for caregivers, care partners, and family members supporting someone living with dementia. All you need to do is join the group, you will then be asked a few questions to be confirmed as a group member. 

This private group will help to support you and give you a platform to engage directly with a Dementia Care Coach and peers that are experiencing similar situations. 

Please keep in mind that this group is completely private and only group members and designated Dementia Care Coaches will see your posts and interact with you. 

So join our community to receive support, information, connection, and friendship.  Join Here

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.

NEW - Each year, the Dementia Society conducts a client survey to help evaluate and plan services and programs. Our vision is to ensure that no one faces dementia alone. To that end, our support, education, and recreation programs are intended to ensure that caregivers, families, and people living with dementia feel supported, engaged, and valued.

You may already have received an invitation from us through our survey platform, Survey Monday, to participate. If you have already completed this, thank you! Your opinion matters. If you have not received the invitation and wish to have your voice heard, please read on.

If you used Dementia Society services in 2020—including attending a support group, speaking with a Dementia Care Coach, attended an education Webinar or consulted our Website—we invite you to complete the comprehensive version with questions about COVID-19 impact. This survey will take about 10-15 minutes of your time. To go to the survey now, click here.

 If you are a past user of our services or programs (i.e. 2019 and prior), our short survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. To go to this survey, click this link now.

The first 250 respondents to complete the survey and provide their names and contact information will receive a Dementia Society-branded, nonsurgical, 100% cotton, washable, made-in-Canada face mask.

Your answers to our questions will help us to know if we're on track and … where we can do better!

NOTE: The survey is currently available in English only.

#AlzheimersAwarenessMonth
Did You Know?

  • We are all facing challenges in today’s uncertain environment. For people living with dementia, their caregivers, and their families, this is a particularly challenging time being isolated in homes with no access to respite, services, and meaningful activities that are so important to living well. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is still here to help. This week for #AlzheimersAwarenessMonth we are going to dive into living well with dementia and looking after our mental health. Check out our social media accounts for more information or click here to read more.

Live Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming FREE 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.

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. 

An educational talk series on dementia and caregiving for
Alzheimer's Awareness Month. 

Monday, January 25, 2021, 5 pm - Navigating the Journey of Caring for a Loved One with Dementia -  a caregiver explains her journey as a caregiver to her mother, the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, as well as some very important lessons that she learned throughout the way. Register here. 
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12 pm - Communication Problems in Dementia: Aphasia Centre of Ottawa - This presentation will cover general information about aphasia and what services the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa provides for individuals and families living with aphasia. Register here.
 
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12 pm - Challenging Stigma in Dementia thru Lived Experience -  Join a care partner and person living with frontotemporal dementia as they speak about their journey with dementia and how we should all challenge the stigma. Register here.
 
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 5 pm - Person-Centred Language – What we say and how we say it matters! - What is person-centered language? It is the practice of using respectful, life-affirming, and inclusive language when referring to and interacting with individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Learn more about this interesting topic, register here.
 

Tuesday's Let's Get Moving with Bea Alt - Every Tuesday at 1 pm Register here. 

Wednesday's Let's Get Moving Meg Stickle - Every Wednesday at 4 pm 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.

Fireside Chat with Dementia Care Coach and Caregiver. In this Fireside Chat, we look at the role of a Dementia Care Coach in supporting caregivers, how to best navigate this crisis as a caregiver, and to ensure the best possible outcomes for ourselves and our loved ones.
(58 min:20 sec.)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.

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