Early Stage Programs


We offer early-stage programs for people living with dementia and their care partners. We provide an inclusive community environment where persons can strengthen their inner resources and sense of well-being through opportunities to share experiences and benefit from mutual support.

ASNR Advisory Group

Anyone who is interested in participating in one of our early-stage programs is invited to make a referral through our First Link® Program to discuss eligibility and program criteria, or call us at 905-687-3914.

Beyond Words Learning Series

The Beyond Words Learning Series is an eight (8) week learning series for persons in the early-stages of dementia, along with their care partners. Educational content is linked specifically to the group’s experiences and open dialogue and communication is encouraged. Because the experiences of people with dementia and care partners are interrelated yet unique, our learning series provides the opportunity for these groups to meet together and separately with their peers.

Beyond Words Early Stage Support Group

Beyond Words Early Stage Support Group is an eight (8) session program for persons living with a diagnosis of early stage dementia.  This group may be of interest to you if you have completed the Beyond Words Early Stage Learning Series, or for those individuals who wish to meet with others living with dementia. 

Our goal is to support you as you express your feelings and share your strategies of adapting to the challenges of living with dementia, in a safe and inclusive environment. 

Early-Stage Wellness Activity Program

The Early-Stage Wellness Activity Program is an opportunity for persons in the early-stages of dementia to engage in meaningful, fun, and health promoting activities in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment. This 8 week program is unique in that there is an opportunity for persons with early-stage dementia to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of the program.


Tele-Recreation is a telephone-based program for persons living with dementia to socialize and participate in brain stimulating activities from the comfort of their homes.  Meet other individuals living with dementia, and keep your brain active with word and language games, trivia, fun facts and good conversation.

R.E.B.E.L. Group

Explore the senses
Be physically active
Engage in conversation
Learn to do things differently!

A monthly gathering for those living with dementia and their care partners who have completed the Beyond Words Learning Series and/or Wellness Activity Program which allows them to remain connected to each other and the Alzheimer Society. This program provides further opportunity to socialize, build a network of support, and access education and information according to the groups’ expressed interests and needs. Together the group affirms that even with a diagnosis of dementia there is joy and meaning in life. Participants are provided with a monthly newsletter and yearly video presentation of all their activities.

Advisory Group

Our client Advisory Group engages persons living with cognitive impairment and dementia in the ongoing development and reflection of programs and services and to advocate for other persons living with cognitive impairment and dementia. The group meets monthly and is supported by the Early-Stage Program Coordinator.

Connections Early-Stage Newsletter

Connections is a quarterly newsletter for persons with early-stage dementia developed in response to their request for information that reflects their identified needs, goals and interests. The newsletter provides opportunities to connect with one another, share ideas, strategies and perspectives. Persons with early-stage dementia are encouraged to contribute to the newsletter.


*Please note: When people move beyond the early stages of dementia, we formulate a plan together with them and their care partners to support their ongoing participation in family and community life.

Connections First

Connections First is an 2 hour interactive forum that explores living well with or without memory changes. This program runs monthly and is open to persons concerned with normal aging, persons living with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners or anyone who just wants to learn about keeping their brain healthy and plan for the future. Connections First is the perfect first step into the Alzheimer Societies education opportunities.

Topics Include:

  • Strategies for maintaining a healthy brain
  • Understanding Normal Aging vs Dementia
  • Future Planning
  • Community Resource Navigation