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your guide to meaningful activities May 31 - June 6, 2020


  • NEW - Tuesday, June 2 @ 1pm - Supporting Dementia -  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
  • NEW - Monday, June 8 @ 12pm - How Dementia Impacts Behaviour - Understanding is the key to coping - Hosted byMarge Dempsey RN, BA (Honours) – Marge is a retired nurse with a degree in neuropsychology
  • Webinar - Anxiety and Caregiving Tips and Tools to deal with Anxiety in this environment

Meaningful Activities

  • SOLD OUT-  Wednesday, June 24 @ 11am - Join us to create A Masterpiece! This online art course, led by renowned local artist Gillian King, will teach people living with dementia and a care partner how to paint on canvas! Upon registration, individuals will receive art kits – delivered straight to their doors – to make participation fun and easy. And it’s free! This program is a partnership between Carefor and The Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County 
  • Arts and Minds classes are now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
  • Circle of Song sing-a-long classes are now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
  • We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Virtual Respite Program, where persons living with dementia 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. If you are interested in signing up to be matched with a volunteer, please click here to submit your request online.
  • The Dementia Society is pleased to be offering a regular weekly curbside pick-up of Activity Packages for clients. Activity Packages include a collection of puzzles, games, and activities for someone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home. If you would like to request pickup for an Activity Package. 

Tip of the Week  

  • NEW - Want some help with technology? Contact Connected Canadians a not-for-profit organization that helps ensure that all Canadians are connected. Call toll free 1-877-304-5813 to leave a message and a staff member will reach out to you shortly for support.
  • For more information on meaningful activities you can do at home click here.

Just for Fun

  • NEW - Nightly, 9 p.m. ET: Jim Clayton has been performing nightly "piano bar" streams since the pandemic began, where he takes requests from his growing audience.  
  • NEW - For an up-to-date list of Canadian live streams to watch during COVID-19 check out CBC.ca 


NEW - Caregiver Support Groups for June:

  • Caregiver Support Groups for those supporting someone living with dementia in long term care or a retirement home.
  • Click here for upcoming Support Groups in Ottawa. 
  • Click here for upcoming Support Groups in Renfrew County.
  • Every $1 donated to the Dementia Society IN JUNE is an automatic entry (minimum $3 donation required)
  • Challenge begins June 1, 2020 
  • If the Dementia Society wins the grand prize draw, that would mean a $20,000 donation to help support caregivers and people living with dementia. DONATE

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.


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