Other resources for care partners

Learning Series for Family and Friends 2017-18

The courses below are progressive--each course builds upon the other to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources, and support. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. To find out which program is best for you, or to register, please speak with one of our family support staff at 905-576-2567 or 1-888-301-1106 or inquire by email. Upcoming sessions are posted on our calendar. Location is Alzheimer Society Durham Region boardroom unless otherwise indicated. 

Our First Steps early stage program and seminars will help individuals newly diagnosed with dementia, and their care partners, understand their diagnosis and the changes they experience. These sessions will also offer participants an opportunity to share and connect with others embarking on a similar journey. 

1. Next Steps for Families & Friends   -  Saturday September 9th Ajax Public Library OR Weekly Sunderland series Wednesdays September 20, 27, and October 4 9:30am to 11:30am

This session will offer family members/care partners of individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia an overview of dementia, practical strategies for responding to behaviour change, and coping with caregiver stress. This series of 3 topics is repeated quarterly either as monthly sessions or as a Saturday workshop:

  1. Overview of Dementia 
  2. Understanding Communication and Behaviours 
  3. Managing Caregiver Stress 

Location varies. 

To register: please click here for our Eventbrite webpage with upcoming programs and registration links. Please call 905-576-2567 if you run into any difficulties. 

2. Conversations on Comfort and Care in Late Stage Dementia 4 part morning series August 2017

Location: Alzheimer Society of Durham Region office, 1600 Champlain Ave., Suite 202 Whitby (NE corner of Thickson & Champlain)

This series will help family members/care partners of people with dementia understand what to expect in the later stages. The series will also explore how participants can provide comfort to the person with dementia, and address the experiences of grief and loss. 

  1. Overview of late stage dementia-are we there yet?
  2. Care at Home-who can help, what to expect?
  3. Ethical Issues in the later stages-what do I do now? 
  4. "My loved one is going to a nursing home"-how will I cope?  

3. First Steps Workshop

Tuesday September 5, 2017 
10:00am to 12:00 noon

Location: Alzheimer Society of Durham Region office, 1600 Champlain Ave., Suite 202, Whitby (NE corner of Thickson & Champlain)

To register for the workshop please e-mail us here today or call 905-576-2567 or toll-free 1-888-301-1106.

Topics include:

  • What is dementia?
  • Memory loss, changes to the brain and resulting behaviours
  • Coping strategies
  • Drugs, treatment and research
  • Future planning - legal and financial matters
  • Community resources and support systems

4. Virtual Dementia Tour

Tuesday September 26, 2017 6:30 to 8:30pm
FULL  (next Tour Sat. Oct. 21, 2017 10am to noon)

Participants will receive an up close, hands-on experience that provides critical insight into the world of dementia. This program is invaluable to people who are caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. When someone is diagnosed with dementia, it affects everyone: the family, friends, and professional caregivers. The Virtual Dementia Tour® helps shed light on some of the responsive behaviours exhibited by individuals living with dementia.

Click HERE to register.

5. First Steps Lecture Series - Fall 2017 morning series (10am-12 noon)

This three part series of workshops are for people with dementia and care partners.  Register for all workshops or just the sessions most relevant to you. More details will be available soon. 

*All of these workshops will take place at the ASDR Office: 1600 Champlain Ave., Suite 202, Whitby 

6. Options for Care 


This three-part series of workshops is for family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.  Caregivers may sign up for the afternoon OR evening session they feel are most relevant to them. The next Options for Care series will take place in April 2018.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017