D.A.Y. Program

The Alzheimer Society of York Region has been providing quality dementia specific adult day centre services since 1985. The D.A.Y. Centre (Day Centre for Alzheimer’s in York Region) model is a comprehensive day program service that provides a structured, individualized recreational social day care program for persons with dementia residing in York Region. An integral aspect of the D.A.Y. Centre model of care is ongoing caregiver support from the Social Work Program.


  • Maintain an optimum level of intellectual, physical and social functioning
  • Provide an opportunity for socialization
  • Support and provide the primary caregiver with respite
  • Delay institutionalization
  • Promote a better understanding of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias


  • Supervised supported social and recreational activities
  • Structured, individualized daycare
  • Respite and relief for primary caregivers
  • Counselling and support to caregivers
  • Ongoing information and education services


  • Person centred, individualized care
  • Planned social, physical and recreational activities
  • Structured daily activities include: indoor and outdoor exercises, baking, music programs, mental stimulation, discussion groups, reminiscing programs, gardening, projects (woodworking, sewing, knitting, quilting), and games
  • Programs are engaging and stimulating
  • Activities are success-oriented
  • Foot care clinic every 6 weeks
  • Hair care
  • Daily hot meal and two snacks provided
  • Escorted transportation


  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias
  • Living within the York Region
  • Meets CCAC (Community Care Access Centre’s) eligibility criteria


  • $22 per day
  • Subsidies available based on financial need referrals
  • Referrals are welcomed from hospitals, health and other social service agencies, physicians, relatives and friends.

Hours of Operation

Aurora and Thornhill flexible hours:  
Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stouffville hours: 
Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Aurora DAY Centre North
2-240 Edward St., Aurora
Tel: 905-726-3477

Thornhill D.A.Y. Centre South
10 Harlech Court, Unit 2, Thornhill
Tel: 905-731-6611

Stouffville D.A.Y. Centre East
c/o Parkview Village
12184 Ninth Line, Stouffville
Tel: 905-640-0237


Last Updated: 11/08/2018