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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: 

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 their families. If you suspect you may have memory troubles, or a family member has recently received a diagnosis, call us.

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.

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

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.

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’d like to work with you! info@dsorc.org, or call 888.889.6002. Commitment and frequency to be determined based on participant interest and availability.

  • 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 us!

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.

Monday, February 22 @ 6 pm - Considerations for Long Term Care - This session is intended to guide caregivers through key aspects of the decision making process as they consider whether or not to move their family member in long-term care. A special focus addresses the varied emotions caregivers may experience as they consider their needs and their options. For more information and to register click here.
Tuesday, February 16 @ 10:30 am - Creative Treats - Join our Creative Cards and Crafts online session where our instructor, Brenda Wilson, will teach people living with dementia and their caregivers how to create stunning cards for all occasions! For more information and to register click here.

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

Wednesday's Let's Get Moving Meg Stickl- Every Wednesday at 3 pm Register here.

Musical Connections

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.

Family Resiliency. Follow along as Dementia Care Coach Kelly Wilkinson take an educational approach to family resiliency and begin to make a positive change with your own resiliency.
(56 min:37 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.


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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