Upcoming Education Sessions
We are offering various learning opportunities online to help families and friends continue to stay connected and enhance their knowledge of dementia. These sessions will be hosted by an Alzheimer Society staff member. See below for our upcoming sessions.
February 17 & 24 from 6:30-8:00pm OR April 20 & 27 from 10:00-11:30am via Zoom
First Steps is a learning and support series for individuals living with dementia and their family members or friends. We invite you to share in discussion and ask questions. We hope you enjoy meeting with people in similar circumstances.
This series will cover a number of topics, including:
- Overview of Dementia: What is dementia? What is Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms?
- Treatments and Adapting to Brain Changes: What treatments are available? What changes in the brain? How can I adapt?
- Communication and Planning Ahead: Why is communication important? What are some considerations for the future?
- Support: How can I recognize and manage stress? Who is a part of my circle of support and how can it grow?
For more information or to register, please contact Dana Fallowfield-Adams at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected].
Mindfulness, Brain Health & Resilience
When: February 25 from 10:00 -11:00 am
February 25 from 10:00 -11:00 am Join us via Zoom to hear Bonnie Olechno, RN, CMHA Oxford, discuss mindfulness, brain health and resilience. This session will consist of 45-minutes of education and a mindfulness activity with a 15 minute Q&A. For more information or to register please contact Dana Fallowfield-Adams at 519-421-2466 ext. 225 or [email protected]
U-First! for Care Partners: March 4, 11 & 18, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm
What is U-First!® for Care Partners?
U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.
The goals of the program are to:
- Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
- Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
- Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care.
Who should attend?
U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. They should also:
- Have participated in other dementia education programs (e.g. First Link Learning Series) and have a basic understanding of what dementia is and some of the associated issues.
- Be available to attend the full program.
- Have technology needed to participate (if online).
- Have an interest in participating in surveys and interviews about the program (it is not mandatory that participants complete evaluation activities but ideally all will be willing).
This program is FREE and seating is limited. For more information or to register please contact Beth Haas at [email protected] or Dana Fallowfield-Adams at [email protected] .
Promoting Brain Health & Resilience
When: March 25, 2021 from 1:00-2:30pm
Join us Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 1:00-2:30p.m. to hear Dr. Petal Abdool, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Centre For Addiction and Mental Health, discuss Brain Health and Resilience.
This presentation originated from the Fountain of Health Speakers' Bureau. The Fountain of Health™ National Speakers’ Bureau is a composed of leading academics and clinicians who are helping to build a national movement for optimal aging in Canada. The Bureau is able to reach interested audiences from coast to coast, with expert speakers from various regions across Canada.
This public event is free and registration is required. To register, please click here.
To download our full flyer click here.
If you have any questions please contact Dana Fallowfield-Adams at 1-877-594-2368 [email protected]
Lunch and Learn Series: April 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 12:00-1:00pm
Thursday, April 8: Dementia & Living Safely at Home - This Lunch & Learn will include information on ways to keep someone living with dementia safe while they are living at home. We will discuss practical tips and tricks, programs available to help keep someone living with dementia safe, and different technologies available to assist with safety and peace of mind.
Thursdays, April 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. via ZOOM for an hour of education and informal discussion. Listen, ask questions, and have some lunch nearby! You will receive a ZOOM link after registering.
Tuesdays April 13 & 14 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. via ZOOM: Remember Me - A free information session for children ages 7-13 who are personally affected by someone in their family or close to them living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.
Learn more here.
Thursday, April 15: Long Term Care Decisions - This Lunch & Learn will include information on some of the frequently asked questions that come along with considering a move to a long term care home. In addition to discussing the steps in the long term care process, we will also discuss how you can prepare for a move, how to define your new role as a care partner, and some tips on building great relationships with the staff at the home.
Thursday, April 22: Dementia & Communication - This Lunch & Learn will include information for care partners on how brain changes throughout the dementia journey require us to adapt our existing communication skills and styles when speaking and engaging with people living with dementia. Communication skills such as validation, person-centered language, ‘show and talk’, and non-verbal forms of communication will be discussed.
Friday, September 25th: Understanding Self-Care - This Lunch & Learn will include information on effective self-care. We know that self-care is important, but we often don’t discuss what self-care truly is, or how to use it correctly. This session will focus on how to recognize your needs, discern what meaningful self-care looks like, and how to implement effective strategies to combat burnout and caregiver fatigue. We will also practice a short breathing exercise and a mindfulness meditation.