The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka provides support for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, caregivers, family members, and health care providers. We provide the following:
- Caregiver support groups in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville and Parry Sound. Support groups offer an informal setting for caregivers to share experiences with others in similar situations.
- Supportive counselling by phone or in person.
- Company of Good Cheer is for caregivers, people with dementia, family friends and neighbours to come together once a month for dinner, support, understanding and lots of good humour. These are offered once a month in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville.
- Social programs including the Tuesday Drop-in (weekly in Bracebridge), annual Christmas luncheon, and boat cruise.
If you are newly diagnosed, we strongly recommend that you visit us for information about counseling, programs and services, and support.
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. The Alzheimer’s disease Programs & Services brochure outlines the kinds of programs that are available across the country.
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.
- Shared Experiences is a brochure with advice written by people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are a family member or caregiver:
- First Steps: For Families of Those Recently Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 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.
For people living 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.
For more information and for support groups contact us.
For caregivers and family members:
There are many ways caregivers and family members can get the support they need. Whether you’re looking for advice, someone to listen, or general information, there is a level of support for whatever you need.
- The Alzheimer Society Message Board is a great place for caregivers to share common experiences and advice. It is free to register.
- A support group can give you a place to talk with other caregivers who understand the disease and know just what you’re going through.
- A counsellor or trained professional can help you talk through your feelings and concerns in a more intimate setting.
We are a great resource for local support and services.