Dementia education for people living with dementia

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On this page, learn what educational opportunities the Alzheimer Society of Oxford offers to individuals living with dementia.

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Learning About Memory Loss

Learning About Memory Loss (LAML)

For people who are worrying about themselves or others. Join us for an informal time of information and discussion. Free seminar. No registration required.

We Will Talk About:

  • Normal changes in memory and thinking
  • Mild cognitive impairment and early-stage dementia
  • Recognizing the symptoms
  • Strategies for brain health
  • Planning ahead

More info

LAML is hosted in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg every spring and fall. For more information please contact the Society at 519-421-2466 or 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected].

First Steps

While receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating, it may also bring a sense of relief at finally being able to put a name to the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Nevertheless, it can be hard to know what to do first; you likely have a lot of questions. Getting the information and support you need can help you take charge of your condition.

1. Recognize that you are going through a variety of emotions

You might feel angry, embarrassed, frustrated, afraid or sad. These emotions are normal and may come and go.

2. Tell people

Sharing this information will help them understand the difficulties you are having as a result of the disease.

3. Learn about Alzheimer’s disease

Find out what you can about the disease and how it will progress. Learn about tips and strategies that might help you day to day.

4. Explore treatment options

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, medications can help some people with some of the symptoms.

5. Recognize that you have a disease that affects your abilities

Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do and find ways that help you cope with the changes.

6. Seek help

Call your local Alzheimer Society to find out what services are available in providing practical assistance.

7. Look for support

Find people you are comfortable with to share your feelings and emotions.

8. Plan for the future

Start planning for the future and take charge of your condition.

9. Take care of yourself

Maintain your physical health, stay active, make healthy food choices and spend time with your family and friends. Enjoy life to the fullest.

10. Know the Alzheimer Society is here to help

The Alzheimer Society has information and support programs to help you.

A Changing Melody

  • This forum is for people living with dementia, care partners, students and healthcare professionals. Please join us for an engaging day that will include the following:
    A panel of people with dementia and care partners sharing their personal experiences
  • Tips on living positively with dementia and moving on with life after diagnosis
  • Live musical presentations and interactive performances
  • Group dialogue with an open mic session for question and answer
  • A unique collection of art pieces created by artists with dementia. People living with dementia are invited to bring their own artwork to display.

This event is organized by the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington (ASWW) and the Alzheimer Society Perth County (ASP) in parthership with the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP). Our presenting sponsors are Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and Schlegel Villages.

More info

For more information or to register by phone, call Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington at 1-866-317-6737. Stay tuned for further dates of the next Changing Melody session.

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