Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Oxford at 519-421-2466 for information on how you can attend these groups.
Early stage programs
First Steps, Just for You, Circle of Support and Friendship Circle are all a part of our early-stage programs, collectively called 'Journeying Together'. Click here to view our program brochure.
Just For You and Circle of Support
Once participants have completed First Steps, ongoing support programs are available. These groups meet once a month in both Woodstock and Tillsonburg, and provide an opportunity for participants to learn from and share with one another. Participants are people wtih dementia and one family member or friend. Participants meet all together to start, and then break into small groups: one for people with dementia and one for family members and friends. Additional family members and friends will be invited to other programs. There is no charge for this service.
Participants agree that the group setting allows them to openly discuss their feelings, experiences and fears in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. Call the Alzheimer Society at 519-421-2466 to speak to a Family Support Worker about the support group meetings in your area.
Once participants have completed First Steps, this program provides the opportunity to socialize and have fun! People with dementia and a family member or friend are invited. Meeting over a shared lunch, this monthly program may include music, sharing hobbies and games, hearing from guest speakers about healthy living, and trips to local places of interest.
Monthly support groups
The Alzheimer Society of Oxford offers monthly support group meetings in Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg. Family members and friends of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias are welcome to join us at these meetings for: emotional support; information on day-to-day practical issues; research updates; Society information; resources and an exchange of ideas. Additional support groups will be introduced as the need is demonstrated.
Participants agree that the group setting allows them to openly discuss their feelings, experiences and fears in a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. Participants also appreciate the opportunity to have some form of education offered at each meeting.
Call the Alzheimer Society at 519-421-2466 to speak to a Family Support Worker about the support group meetings in your area.
Upon the death of an individual with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, a grief response can be complicated by the fact that care providers may have already been grieving for many years over the loss of abilities, personality, and relationships with the person affected. The Alzheimer Society of Oxford offers a time-limited Grief Program to support clients to move through their grief process, and to facilitate the transition from active support services from the Alzheimer Society. Topics include understanding the experience of grief and mourning, working through a ‘grief toolkit’, and making healthy responses to loss.
The program is offered on an as-needed basis. If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact the Alzheimer Society of Oxford at 519-421-2466.