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Your Weekly Round Up

Your Guide to Meaningful Activities - May 4 - May 8, 2020

Education

  • NEW - Webinar - Careteam, a Care Planner for Caregivers: Our Dementia Care Coaches are creating care plans on a digital health platform called Careteam. Careteam is a secure platform that allows virtual care collaboration and communication to enable care planning and engagement. Coordinate care and ensure that everyone (patients, family, caregivers and healthcare providers) are all on the same page about who needs to do what and when.
  • NEW - Webinar - Mindfulness for Caregivers - Please join Tara Cohen to see how mindfulness can help caregivers reduce stress and suffering in difficult moments and how it can help us to begin to respond to our needs more skillfully. Mindfulness allows us to notice what we are experiencing in the moment and enhance our well-being.
  • NEWComing Soon: A new dementia friendly resources website -As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our online experience of resources, we are performing a usability study to ensure that our new dementia friendly resources website benefits users such as yourself. We are inviting you to participate in a short (~10 min) user test that will help us understand how to best organize the content that appears on our new website.
    • Click here to launch the study in your web browser. This exercise is easiest to perform from a desktop computer or tablet. 

Meaningful Activities

  • NEW - Let's Get Moving live online - Wednesdays at 3pm - 4pm Join Meg Stickl who has worked with seniors in the fitness industry for the past 15+ years. She is passionate about making fitness fun and enjoyable! Join her for weekly chair exercise classes to gain strength, flexibility, and to improve your balance! 
  • NEW - Arts and Minds class 5, "A Rural Mailbox":is now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
  • NEW - Circle of Song sing-a-long class 5 is now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
  • NEW - We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Virtual Respite program, where clients will have the opportunity to be matched with volunteers for regular virtual visits. Visits can be tailored to each individual’s interests and hobbies, and could take the form of either simple chatting or planned sessions involving music, singing, photo slideshows, or videos.  Virtual Respite Visits can take place on a variety of different platforms based on comfort levels and personal preference, and might include telephone, Zoom, Facetime, or another mutually agreed upon technology. Stay tuned for more information and your chance to register.  If you are interested in volunteering please click here for more information
  • Mondays @ 10:30am  -The Dementia Society is proud to present our live music program Turquoise sing-a-long.
  • The Dementia Society is excited to launch a brand new initiative to help support our clients and their families during the period of physical distancing brought on by COVID-19. We will be launching Pedal Power- Foot Pedal loans as a part of our ongoing Meaningful Activities programming - to learn more click here

Tip of the Week

  • Check out our daily 10@10 program found on our Facebook page @TheDementiaSociety everyday at 10am for 10 minutes, we will walk you through some fun easy movements that you can do together.  
  • For more information on meaningful activities you can do at home click here.
  • Please enjoy this video that was created by The Grove staff and residents, in response to a song that was written to inspire and encourage people during this pandemic all over the world "We Are One".

Just for Fun

  • NEW - Meet the Dementia Society's fur family in this new video called "Animal House."
  • NEW - Take a walking tour of Royal Ontario Museum ROM Toronto Ontario Canada.

Support

We have over 24 support groups each month across Ottawa and Renfrew County. Support groups provide a safe environment for caregivers and families to learn, express and help each other by offering mutual understanding and support. Support groups are collaborative and are led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer. Choose to join via zoom or by calling in over the telephone. Click on the following links to see the latest schedule and register.

NEWClick here for May's upcoming Support Groups in Ottawa
NEWClick here for May's upcoming Support Groups in Renfrew County

In times of crisis, we have seen our community come together to support the greater good and those in need. Thank you for your unwavering support to those living with dementia, their caregivers and families who are struggling during this time. Please join us on #GivingTuesdayNow, May 5th, the global day of generosity and unity. Support people living with dementia through giving and spread kindness throughout our community. #GivingTuesdayNow

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

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