Finding Your Way Free Caregiver Events

Finding Your Way teaches family members, caregivers and the community to recognize the risk for people living with dementia going missing, be prepared for potential missing incidents and ensure those living with dementia can live safely in the community. The keynote speaker is Ron Beleno who introduced technology into his father's care. There are two sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Newmarket Community Centre and Lions Hall, 200 Doug Duncan Dr. or Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin St. Thornhill. There will be other speakers, vendors and a free lunch. Contact Jaime Cruz at 905-726-3477, ext. 234 or email to register.

The Reitman Centre CARERS Program

The Reitman Centre CARERS Program, a program for people caring for someone with dementia, is an eight-week program that runs for two hours. The program teaches caregivers of those living with dementia practical skills and emotional supports, problem-solving techniques and communication skills. This evidence-based program was developed by the Reitman Centre and offers information as well as simulation so caregivers can learn how to care for those living with dementia.

The program is free, but screening is required.

Sessions include:

Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m., Feb. 4 to March 25, Alzheimer Society of York Region, 10 Harlech Ct. Unit 2, Thornhill.

Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 8 to Feb. 26 at Parkview Village, boardroom, 12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville.

Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 16 to March 6 at Richmond Hill Central Public Library (Room C), 1 Atkinson St., Richmond Hill.

Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan 31 to March 21 at the Alzheimer Society of York Region, 240 Edward St., Unit 2, Aurora.

Contact Simone Ma at 1-888-414-5550, ext. 236 or email for details.



Barbara speaks about the importance of music in the life of her husband, Roger, playing here at the Aurora DAY centre.

GivingTuesday 2018 - Gift of Music

Music, particularly for those living with dementia, has been shown to help people feel alive, be happy and manage stress. It also helps reignite old memories.

You can see all those benefits at our DAY centres; as soon as one of our talented musicians start to sing or music begins to play, clients dance, sing along and play instruments.

The Music Project was created in response to the benefits of music and stimulation on people living with dementia. Through the Music Project, clients are provided, free of charge, with a MP3 player downloaded with a personalized playlist, a charging accessory and over-the-ear headphones. 

And the Alzheimer Society of York Region (AS York) is bringing the Music Project here.

As part of GivingTuesday, which this year takes place Nov. 27 and is considered the “opening day of the giving season,” AS York is looking to raise enough money to provide 15 people with the gift of music. 

It costs $200 per person for a MP3 player and personalized music set up. 

Join this national movement dedicated to giving back by making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of York Region in support of the Music Project. For details, visit or contact Lauren O'Brien, events coordinator, at or by calling 905-726-3477, ext. 244.


Donor Appreciation 2018

We hosted our Donor Appreciation event Thursday, Oct. 18 at our Aurora DAY centre. There was music, food and a touching caregiver story from Bruce Rhodes. We also honoured Town of Georgina resident Ken Hackenbrook for his 14-year commitment to AS York. 

Below was the Donor Appreciation video showed during the event.



Golf 2 Remember

A giant thank you to Tara Morse, Betsy Sumner and Jane Simard for hosting another amazing Golf 2 Remember event, raising $11,000 for AS York. 

The day was beautiful and it was wonderful to see so many people come out and raise funds and awareness for York Region and Toronto residents living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. 

Check out the Golf 2 Remember Facebook page for pictures:

Walk for Alzheimer's Richmond Hill

Here are the highlights from the June 9 walk. Thanks to your support, we raised more than $40,000.



Judi Kurek wins Walk for Alzheimer's Contest

Congratulations to Judi Kurek who won a $50 gift card from Chapters/Indigo.

Judi registered for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s during the contest period and raised a minimum of $200 for the walk. Judi is doing the June 9 walk in Richmond Hill and has currently raised about $400.

Thank you, Judi, for participating and we’ll see you Saturday.

There’s still time to register and walk to #MakeMemoriesMatter. Visit and choose the York Region Richmond Hill Walk.


Walk for Alzheimer's 

York Region residents are invited to Walk for Alzheimer's Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd. E. in Richmond Hill.  

Visit to register and raise funds to help support York Region residents living with Alzheimer's and other dementias and their families.

Thank you to the follow Walk for Alzheimer's Sponsors. We couldn't do it without you.









































The Alzheimer Society of York Region hosts a number of events throughout the year. The money raised provides ongoing and vital support to our programs and services, while demonstrating our commitment to the care of families and the cure of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

For more information on events, including how to host your own, and for volunteer opportunities, contact:

Lauren O'Brien
Events Coordinator
905-726-3477, ext. 244 

Last Updated: 12/14/2018