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.
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
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.
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:
- First_Steps_for_Families outlines steps family members can take to prepare for the Alzheimer’s journey ahead.
- Reducing Caregiver Stress provides suggestions to support caregivers in giving the best possible care and also to take care of themselves
- Ways to Help: Assisting People Living With Alzheimer's disease gives suggestions for helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.