Support

The Alzheimer Society Elgin-St. Thomas provide lots of support for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, caregivers, family members, and health-care professionals.

Individual Support

The Alzheimer Society supports people with dementia, family members, caregivers, and health-care professionals.  First Link staff connect people diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers 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 Elgin-St.Thomas for information about programs, services, and support.

Caregiver Support Groups

*Please note that due to COVID-19, our support groups will be done virtually. To register for one of the support groups, please contact our office at 519-633-4396*

The are many ways to get the support you need, whether you are a person living with dementia, a caregiver or a family member.
"Caring for You" is a monthly support group offered for caregivers of a person with dementia. 

 St.Thomas Evening Group
Meets the 1st Wednesday of every month 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Valleyview Home, Community Room
350 Burwell Rd., St.Thomas

St.Thomas Afternoon Group
Meets the 4th Wednesday of every month 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Elgin Mall, Community Room
417 Wellington St., St.Thomas

West Elgin Group
Meets the 2nd  Thursday of every month 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Bobier Villa, Family Dining Room
1 Bobier Lane, Dutton

East Elgin Group
Meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Terrace Lodge, Chapel
475 Talbot St. East, Aylmer

Long-Term Care Support Group
(For families of persons with dementia in long-term care)
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Elgin Mall, Community Room
417 Wellington St., St. Thomas

The sessions are facilitated by staff from the Society 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.
If you require care for your person with dementia while you attend the support group, please contact us for more information.
Registration is not required for the 'caring for you' groups.  If you have any questions, please call the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas at 519-633-4396/1-888-565-1111.

Support Groups for People Living With Dementia

Living with Confidence 
Meets Fridays and is a social support group for people in the early stages of dementia.  This groups allows people living with dementia to ask questions, talk about their concerns and share what they have learned based on their experience with the disease.

Registration is required for this group.  If you have any questions, please call the Alzheimer Society Elgin-St.Thomas at 519-633-4396/1-888-565-1111.

Other Resources

To help you navigate through the changes, whether you are a person with dementia, a family member, or caregiver, we have created a number of brochures with details about what to expect. 

If you are newly diagnosed:

  • First Steps outlines a step-by-step plan to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
  • What to Expect gives an overview of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Murray Alzheimer Research for people with dementia.
  • The booklet Memory problems? was created by people with dementia for people with dementia. It was produced and is generously shared by the Early Stage Support Groups in the North/Central Okanagan Region of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

If you are a family member or caregiver:

Reach Out:

Reach Out is a confidential 24/7 information, support and crisis service for those living in Elgin, Oxford, Middlesex and London.  The phone number is 1-866-933-2023 or you can visit the website at https://reachout247.ca/


Last Updated: 04/21/2020