Living Safely - plus tips and resources to help during COVID-19

Continue below for tips on maintaining a safe, dementia-friendly environment.

COVID-19 resources


- The York Region Food Network offers a monthly food box for $15. 

- It's also offering a free takeout Tuesday breakfast from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at York Region Food Network, 350 Industrial Pkwy. S. in Aurora. 

For details about immediate food assistance, contact York Region Food Network at 905-841-3101 or [email protected] . The organization also has a food resources chart on their website or click here for a PDF version. 

- Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) leads the government's new program to coordinator and subsidize deliveries of meals, medicine and other necessities to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in need. Click here to connect with online referrals.

Nature's Emporium, in partnership with Ecosparkle, is offering free home deliveries for seniors 65 and older Monday to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Click to learn more.

Local farms. Thank you Experience York Region for sharing this York Farm Fresh link for local farms open for business. Click here.

Support for seniors

Seneca Colleges' Social Service Worker – Gerontology students and graduates created a response team made, donating time to help older adults in the community during COVID-19. Students are reaching out to communities, long-term care and retirement homes seeing if they need assistance.

Services include:

  • Phone calls to older adults and caregivers
  • Resources for activities
  • Tablets
  • Radios or CD players
  • Fidget boards

Seneca's students said those who need these items can contact them via email at [email protected] or call 289-670-0925.

Students are also accepting donations of old or new tablets, CD player or radios and are looking for people to help make fidget boards.

Homeless prevention program and housing stability. Click here to learn more. 

Heritage Helpers is available to help Newmarket residents during this crisis, whether it's picking up necessities or offering a listening ear. Learn more:

Joy4AllProject, created by Calgary students, offers a series of pre-recorded messages of positivity to help lift the spirits of our vulnerable citizens. Call 1-877-JOY-4-All to listen to stories, motivational messages, poems and jokes.

Rotary Club of Woodbridge have just launched an online program in support of the elderly people that are really living in isolation. If you need someone to talk to, looking for assistance in running an errand or resources relating to COVID-19, please contact the Rotary Club Woodbridge at 416-624-6522.

The Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team, of which AS York is a partner, has created a resource to help people access support during this COVID-19 crisis. Visit this website for support for food, including Meals on Wheels and grocery delivery, counselling and support. 




The National Institute of Aging shared this video for people to participate in a light exercise program.

The great Jane Fonda has a series of exercise videos you can see here.

Town/City pages for exercise, activities and more

Town of East Gwillimbury

Town of Georgina

Town of Newmarket

Pet therapy


Engaging your person with dementia

Follow us on social media on Tuesdays to get more tips.

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Tips, suggestions, games courtesy of Click here for PDF.

101 Activities to enjoy with your person diagnosed with dementia.

Activities, suggestions and recipes if you have wifi or not to keep your person diagnosed with dementia engaged Click here

- Puzzle games – board games, puzzles, word searches

- Ask your person to do some tasks such as washing the vegetables for dinner, folding laundry or sweeping, something that brings them joy because it makes them feel as though they are contributing to the household.

- Look through photo albums and talk about the memories they have. Do not ask if they remember someone specifically or details about when the event took place as it can be frustrating and embarrassing.

- Participate in virtual tours or livestream music. Click here to see some of tours we have collected.

- Colour

- Dance around the house.

- Go for a walk.

Visit for webinars and courses you can take.

Visit for games and more.

There are daily activities at

Need more ideas or information regarding Alzheimer's disease and other dementias? Learn what AS York is doing with these public service announcements in various languages. Check them out here.

Click here to learn about what AS York is doing, fraud information and a message from musician Ryan Ainsworth.

Maintaining a safe, dementia-friendly environment

The home is an important place for everyone. For the person with dementia, a familiar environment can help her connect with the past and maintain a sense of who she is. However, some practical changes may need to be made to keep the home "dementia-friendly."

When modifying your home environment, keep it familiar, striking a balance between safety and independence. Too many restrictions can make it difficult for her to take part in daily activities, and can seriously affect her self-esteem.

Keep in mind some of the changes that occur with dementia: decreased balance and reaction time; visual-perceptual problems; physical limitations that make it more difficult to walk; memory; judgment; and insight. Also keep in mind that you are more likely to be tired, and feel under pressure, making it more difficult for you to anticipate risk and prevent accidents.

Adapt the task to the person's current abilities. For example, a person who enjoyed wood-working may no longer be able to use power tools but may still be able to nail, sand and paint in the workroom. Be aware of changes as they happen and re-evaluate the need to make further changes to adapt to his abilities.

Some areas of a home may have more risks than others. Pay extra attention in the garage, work room, basement and outdoor areas.

Take a few minutes to complete the following checklist on home safety. Keep in mind that, as the disease progresses, you may need to update your responses.

Last Updated: 06/04/2020