Online Education & Programs
Free Online Education, Programs & Social Recreation During COVID-19
We are offering various learning opportunities online to help families and friends continue to stay connected and enhance their knowledge of dementia. These programs will be hosted by an Alzheimer Society staff member.
If you would like to participate in any of these on-line programs, please:
- Use a computer, tablet or iPad to install Zoom (download instructions)
On a computer, go to https://zoom.us/ and download and install the platform (top right corner, it’s safe, easy and free! May take about 5 minutes)
On an iPad, go to the App Store and install "Zoom Cloud Meetings"
On a tablet, go to the Google Play Store and install "Zoom Cloud Meetings"
- Choose any on-line education/program that interests you and register using the link provided below
- You will be sent a confirmation email with the instructions for accessing your class
- If you have questions about the zoom platform, please email [email protected] for more detailed instructions
Zoom Practice Sessions
Join us to test your connection to Zoom and increase your comfort using the platform to connect with our programs. Explore features inside Zoom including using the chat box, renaming your display name, turning your video on and off, mute and un-mute, and display options. Once you register you will be sent an email containing the link to the zoom session. Each session lasts 1.5 hours, but you can join in at any time during the session and leave when you are comfortable.
- June 2, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (join anytime)
- June 19, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am (join anytime)
Respite Recreation Hour
We invite everyone across Ontario to join us for a virtual variety show! Every Monday @ 11:00 am (staring June 8, 2020) we will present fun and engaging activities such as:
- Word puzzles
- Reminiscent stories
- And much more!
Next Steps and Care Essentials
Next Steps and Care Essentials is a 4 part series offering an opportunity for families and friends of individuals with a diagnosis of dementia to learn more about dementia, develop caregiving strategies, and become familiar with community resources and supports.
- Part 1: Overview of Dementia, Diagnosis & Healthy Brain Strategies
- Part 2: Communication & Environmental Strategies
- Part 3: Understanding & Managing Challenging Behaviours
- Part 4: Difficult Discussions, Role Changes & Self Care
June 9, 11, 16, 18 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
June 23, 25, 30 & July 2 from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Our new Pen Friends program matches care partners together to provide companionship and informal/peer support through postal mail or email. Make a new friend who is also caring for an individual living with dementia and stay socially engaged!
Options for Care
This workshop focuses on giving participants the opportunity to explore the care options that support persons living with dementia in the moderate to late stages of their journey.
- August 12, 2020 @ 1:30 pm. Options for Care
Long-Term Care Transition & Self-Health
This workshop is specifically designed for care partners with a family member who has recently moved to long-term care.
- August 19, 2020 @ 1:30 pm. LTC Transition & Self-Health
- June 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am. Let's Talk About Challenges with Eating & Nutrition
- June 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am. Preventing Caregiver Burnout
Join us for an interactive session that explores living well with or without memory changes. This program is open to persons concerned with normal aging, persons living with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners or anyone who just wants to learn about keeping their brain healthy and planning for the future.
- June 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
- June 11, 2020 @ 1:30 pm. Engaging in Meaningful Activities
- June 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am. Creating a Dementia Friendly Community
Brain Wave Café
Join us every Friday from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for a fun social gathering using the Zoom platform! Individuals living with cognitive change or dementia, care partners, family and friends are all welcome! Stay connected with friends and meet some new ones as you participate in healthy brain activities together! Note: you only need to register using the form once - the Zoom link you receive can be used week after week!
Caregiver Support Group and Coffee Hour
Join your peers and share a virtual coffee! This online group is for care partners of individuals living with dementia. Each group will be facilitated by one of our counselling staff. All sessions run on a Monday afternoon from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
- May 4, 2020 and May 25, 2020
- June 8, 2020 and June 22, 2020
- July 6, 2020 and July 20, 2020
Men's Social & Support Group
Join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10:00 am - 11:30 am for a fun social gathering using the Zoom platform! This online group is for male care partners of individuals living with dementia. Each group will be facilitated by one of our counselling staff.
Young Onset Dementia Care Partner Group
Join us the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm using the Zoom platform! This online facilitated group is intended to connect people who are caring for a person living with Young Onset Dementia (dementia diagnosed prior to age 65). The intent of the program is to offer a place where care partners of people living with Young Onset Dementia can access support and engage socially.
Note: July's meeting will fall on July 8 due to the Canada Day holiday
Minds in Motion
Join us every Wednesday from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm to keep your mind healthy by participating in brain stimulating activities. Socialize with your peers during this fun-filled afternoon! Note: there will be no session held on June 3, 2020. You only need to register using the form once - the Zoom link you receive can be used week after week!
Current Minds in Motion participants can download the activity kits below to print at home and follow along during your weekly Zoom meeting.