At ASNS, Our Connection to You is Important
I have always known that one of the best things we can offer Nova Scotians living with dementia and their families is our personal connections.
The necessary measures that have been brought in to help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 virus has cut off our physical connections with family, friends, and neighbours. If that wasn’t enough, we are all grieving from the massacre last weekend, and again, we don’t have the opportunity for physical support from those we care about. Even a walk in my neighbourhood feels a bit alienating as people take great care to walk around and give space to anyone they meet. And what some of us need is just a really big hug from family, friends, neighbours and the people we use to meet as we went throughout daily routines.
We at the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia understand how valuable personal connections through phone calls and virtual programming can be right now. Through our InfoLine, staff have stayed connected with people, as it’s comforting to talk with someone who knows your story and knows the current challenges facing those with dementia and their families. Staff offer a listening ear and can provide strategies, resources or perspectives that can help.
Our face to face programming is on hold until public gatherings can start again. Instead, we are delivering public education sessions on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:30 on Zoom. Each week, we are focusing on topics that are most relevant to you. These are short presentations on a specific topic followed by a time to answer questions. Watching last Friday’s session, I was impressed with the sense of warmth and friendliness the staff were able to convey using this virtual platform; almost like being in person.
The program Artful Afternoon that we partner with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on is also going to take place by video this weekend, reaching more people across the province.
It is in my nature to look for the silver lining in events, something my mother instilled in me. The current pandemic has pushed us to respond in new ways. Going to a virtual platform for programming will not replace face to face programming, rather, it will add to what we are able to offer. The virtual platforms will help us reach Nova Scotians in all regions of our province. It can help support people in their own homes.
Until it is safe to start meeting again, please stay connected with us through our phone line and our virtual programming.
Our connections to you matter to us.
- Linda Bird, Director of Programs and Services