NEW - WebinarOn-Demand - Caregiver Resiliency - Resiliency, conflict resolution and communication are intended to be supportive pillars for families in the journey of dementia, however, many families often struggle with maintaining relationships with self and others
NEW - During Seniors Month, the Ottawa Public Library is extending a warm welcome online to offer a virtual Memory Cafe. These social gatherings will be casual and informal, including games and reminiscing that might spark memories and conversations, and a light-hearted story will be read aloud. A DCC will be at this event.
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.
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. If you are interested in signing up to be matched with a volunteer, please click here to submit your request online.
Circle of Song sing-a-long classes are now on YouTube for on-demand viewing.
Accept help. Be prepared with a list of ways that others can help you. For example, a friend may offer to take the person you care for on a social distance walk a couple of times a week. Or a friend or family member may be able to run an errand, pick up your groceries or prescriptions for you. Offer ideas on how they can help, and let them choose what they would like to do.
The Council on Aging of Ottawa, in collaboration with Adele Furrie Consulting and with funding from the Ottawa Community Foundation, is reaching out to seniors in Ottawa to learn about their experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on meaningful activities you can do at home click here.
Just for Fun
NEW - Thursday, June 11 @ 7pm -The King Lear Project presents streamlined readings of scenes from Shakespeare’s King Lear to engage diverse audiences—including older adults, caregivers, and family members—in open, healing, constructive, discussions about the challenges of aging, dementia, and caring for friends and loved ones.
Click here for upcoming Support Groups in Renfrew County.
Every $1 donated to the Dementia Society in JUNE is an automatic entry - If the Dementia Society wins the grand prize draw, that would mean a $20,000 donation to help support people living with dementia and their caregivers. 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.
If you look up the definition of ‘volunteer’, it simply states, “Freely offer to do something.” Although true, this doesn’t sufficiently capture those who volunteer. I’ve been a Volunteer Coordinator with the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew Cou
The statistics are alarming: one of the greatest risk factors for dying of COVID-19 is dementia. The reasons are many and potentially complex, but the need to prioritize the 24,000+ people diagnosed with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County and their
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 w