Programs and services

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The Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas has been supporting family care partners and professional care partners throughout Elgin County by providing a range of services designed to meet the needs of our communities. Learn more about the services we offer.

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If you or someone you know is living with dementia and would like to join one of our programs or access our services, please contact our office to register.

 

First Link® Learning Series

First Link® Learning Series is comprised of a series of courses designed to help you better understand dementia, coping strategies, planning and the resources and supports available to you. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia.

  • First Steps for Care Partners is a four (4) part learning series for family care-partners with a focus on the early stage of dementia.
  • Care Essentials is a four (4) part learning series for family care-partners with a focus on the middle stage of dementia.
  • Options for Care is a three (3) part learning series for family care-partners to evaluate their current caregiving needs and become informed about the long term care process.
  • Care in the Later Stages is a three (3) part series with a focus on how care-partners can provide comfort to the person living with dementia and to explore grief experiences.

Individual support

The Alzheimer Society supports people living with dementia, family members, care partners, and healthcare providers. First Link® staff connect people diagnosed with dementia and their care partners to information, education and supports in the community as well as provide individual and family support throughout the progression of the disease.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing memory problems or are newly diagnosed, we strongly recommend that you contact the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St.Thomas for information about programs, services, and support.

Support groups for care partners

The sessions are facilitated by staff from the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas who have expertise in dementia and can be a resource for you. A variety of topics will be covered with an opportunity to discuss the caregiving role with others who understand.

Registration is required for the support groups. If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St.Thomas at 519-633-4396 (toll-free: 1-888-565-1111) or email [email protected]

  • Afternoon Group meets the first Wednesday of the month 1:30-3:00 p.m.  This group is designed for anyone who is supporting someone living with dementia.
  • Long-Term Care Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month 1:30-3:00 p.m. This group is designed for care partners supporting a person living with dementia who is in long-term care.

Learning the Ropes

A 6 week education program for persons diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The focus of this group is on optimizing cognitive health, learning how to help your memory, and providing support.

Training for Professionals

U-First!

This 6-hour workshop will train care providers in U-First!, a proven and effective approach to working with clients living with dementia. Through dialogue and a case-based approach, learners will have more confidence in working with people with responsive behaviours.

Teepa Snow

This 2-hour workshop will discuss the contrast between normal aging vs not normal aging, the 5 sensory input and processing systems of the brain, and the impact of changing sensory awareness and processing as dementia progresses.

Living with Confidence/Friendships Matter

Living with Confidence/Friendships Matter are social support group for people in the early and mid-stages of dementia. These groups allow people living with dementia to connect with others living with dementia and take part in social activities.

Minds in Motion

This 8-week program combines gentle exercise with social activities for mental stimulation and is geared for persons with early to mid-stage dementia and their care partners. The program is in partnership with the YMCA St Thomas.

Public Education

The Alzheimer Society of Elgin- St. Thomas provides many opportunities to learn more about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. If you’re interested in bringing in a speaker to talk about a variety of topics related to dementia, caregiving, research or advocacy, Alzheimer Society of Elgin-St. Thomas is a great resource.

Lending Library

Our lending library and resource centre is open to the public and includes books, DVD's, brochures, pamphlets and community resource information related to dementia.

Program and service calendar

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Referrals and first steps

The Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas aims to give care partners all of the information they need to make informed decisions. Find that information listed here on this page.

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