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AS York is closed for face-to-face meetings, but is still here to help. Email [email protected] or call 905-726-3477 or 1-888-414-5550 to connect with social workers and receive information, support and referrals.
Visit https://alzheimer.ca/en/york/We-can-help/Living-Safely for resources and links for food, counselling and activities to do with people dementia.
Click here for public service announcements in various languages.
A message from Ryan Ainsworth for DAY centre clients.
Click here for more information about virtual tours and activities.
Virtual tours and online programs
The Guardian offers a list of virtual tours you can take.
From our friends at York Regional Police - scams and frauds
"With this COVID-19 crisis, scammers/fraudsters will no doubt be out in full force. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has put out a list of reported scams that are already occurring.
Some of these scams identified are:
Cleaning or heating companies offering duct cleaning services or air filtres to protect from COVID-19;
Local and provincial hydro/electrical power companies threatening to disconnect your power for non-payment;
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization offering fake lists for sale of COVID-19 infected people in your neighbourhood;
Public Health Agency of Canada giving false results saying you have been tested positive for COVID-19 or tricking you into confirming your health card and credit card numbers for a prescription;
Red Cross and other known charities offering free medical products (e.g. masks) for a donation
Government departments sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails; tricking you into opening malicious attachments; tricking you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
Financial advisors pressuring people to invest in hot new stocks related to the disease or offering financial aid and/or loans to help you get through the shut downs
Door-to-door sales people selling household decontamination services
Private companies offering fast COVID-19 tests for sale. York Region Police note only hospitals can perform the tests and no other tests are genuine or guaranteed to provide accurate results; selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent the disease. Unapproved drugs threaten public health and violate federal laws."
Links courtesy of York Regional Police:
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre
WHO – Beware of criminals pretending to be WHO
How to spot phishing scams arising from COVID-19
Canada – False and misleading claims
CISA – Defending against COVID-19 cyber scams
StaySafeOnline – COVID-19 Security Resource Library
UPDATE THURSDAY, MARCH 19:
The Aurora office is also closed, but social workers are available via email and phone. Contact the office at 1-888-414-5550 or email [email protected]
UPDATE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18:
The Thornhill (Markham) and Georgina offices are now closed. The Aurora office remains open.
UPDATE TUESDAY, MARCH 17:
All DAY centres (Stouffville, Thornhill and Aurora) are closed. The Stouffville and Vaughan social worker offices are closed.
People who are looking for information and support, can contact the office, toll-free, at 1-888-414-5550 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All face-to-face social worker meetings are cancelled, however, social workers are available via email and telephone. Contact the number above to connect.
Sunday, March 15
As of Sunday, March 15, the Alzheimer Society of York Region is cancelling all family support groups, caregiver education groups and enhanced CARERS group. We hope to resume programming April 16. The annual Forget-Me-Not Breakfast has also been cancelled and we hope to reschedule in the fall.
Ontario Caregiver Helpline: 1-833-416-2273; ontariocaregiver.ca
To learn more abou the coronavirus, and what you should do if you suspect you may have the virus, contact York Region Public Health: http://bit.ly/YorkRegionPublicHealth
Information from Health Canada: http://bit.ly/HealthCanadaCovid19
Public Health Ontario: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
John Hopkins University Global Cases Dashboard: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
How to help caregivers during COVID-19 - yorkregion.com
Caregivers respond to COVID-19 - newmarkettoday.ca
Jean and Tom Cooper - Newmarkettoday.ca
Forget-Me-Not Breakfast radio spot - 105.9 The Region
Alzheimer's Awareness Month interview - The Feed with Jim Lang as heard on 105.9 The Region
Jennifer and Feroze, Alzheimer's Awareness Month, Caring for the Caregiver - yorkregion.com
- Appeared in Newmarket, Aurora, Georgina, Vaughan newspapers as well as online
DAY Centre Benefits Dementia Sufferers and Their Caregivers (Stouffville Free Press)
First Link Care Navigator comes to the Town of Georgina (The Georgina Post)
Lifestyle changes to stave off Alzheimer's? Hints, no proof. (York Region Media Group)
A patient's experience in dementia care using the "lived experience" to improve care (Canadian Family Physician)
Why Canada needs a national dementia strategy (Ottawa Citizen)
Conservative MP, Lisa Raitt talks about Alzheimer's, (National Post)
Toronto youth job program gets surprise cash boost, (The Toronto Star)
Caring for someone doesn't mean having to go it alone (Home & Long Term Care)
Caregivers are need more than ever, but burning out (The Toronto Star)
Bulk Barn donates $369,602 to Alzheimer Society Canada, (Snapd Aurora)
Living with dementia (Toronto Sun)
Changing Perceptions (The Haliburton Echo)
Dementia stigma challenged (CBC News)
Dementia strategy is needed (The Toronto Star)
NDP rolls out dementia strategy in multi-million dollar health care blitz (The Canadian Press)
Alzheimer's at 38? Meet Jo Aubin (Macleans)
Alzheimer's depicted: Memory fades, but life goes on (The Globe and Mail)
Blurred Lines: Sexual consent for people with dementia (CBC The Current, listen to the episode)
Home adaptations for people living with dementia (Realty Times)
When it's time for long-term care (Zoomer magazine)
How are concussions and Alzheimer's disease linked? (The Toronto Star)
Learning to live with Alzheimer's (The Leader Post)
Dementia Loss: Earlier Detection (Zoomer Magazine)
Bringing "Person-Centred Care" alive in home community and long-term care (Saint Elizabeth Health Care, press release)
Canada needs a national dementia strategy (Toronto Star)
Five new projects announced through the Canada Brain Research Fund (Prime Minister's office)
Antipsychotic drugs prescribed to seniors at alarming rates, province finds (The Toronto Star)
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