Taking Control of Our Lives

Taking Control of Our Lives in an 8 week group education program focused on empowering and supporting people living with dementia to develop and/or strengthen and put into practice the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to play an active role in living well with dementia.  Critical topics such as memory strategies, finding meaning and purpose, adapting to change, communication, decision-making, building and keeping connections, emotional wellness, and staying well are included.

This program has a positive impact on participants living with dementia, including:

  • Standing up to stigma
  • Having more confidence
  • Feeling valued
  • Making strong connections and not feeling alone
  • Learning more about how to cope with dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is pleased to announce we have been selected as a pilot location to run this program in 2016.  We are able to offer Taking Control of Our Lives thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Trillium Award
Trillium Plaque Presentation
Left to Right: Bob Miller (Foundation Chair); Maureen Shantz (Board President); Teena Kindt (Niagara CEO); Jim Bradley (St. Catharines MPP)

Program Update

At the end of the 8 weeks, participants were asked to make a Title Page for their workbook that described self-management and their experience with the group. They were asked to think about what self-management meant to them as a person with dementia or a care partner supporting someone living with dementia. After the pages were complete they were able to share their thoughts with the group.

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Download the complete Taking Control of Our Lives Research report written by Kirstin Broders and Elaine Wiersma from the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health at Lakehead University to learn more about the key findings and direct quotes from program participants.

Ontario Trillium Foundation