Online Education Opportunities

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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.

NEW! Online Education

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.

First Steps

When: August 24 & 31 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m or October 14 & 21 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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 Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected]

Driving and Dementia

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST over ZOOM

Using the new Driving and Dementia Roadmap*, which is a website providing information and tools to guide the driving and dementia journey, we’ll review:

  • How will I know when it’s time to retire from driving?
  • How do we talk about this as a family?
  • What are the warning signs that driving is getting risky?
  • What should I know about driving and dementia in Ontario?
  • What are the obligations of health care professionals to report to the Ministry of Transportation?
  • I disagree with the medical report made and decision of the Ministry of Transportation.
  • How can I keep my driver’s license?
  • Addressing the grief and loss that affects a whole family when the person with dementia stops driving.
  • Living life without driving

For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] or to register here.

Options for Care

When: November 17 & 24 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • This series will cover a number of topics, including:
  • Changes occuring in the mid to late stages of the disease;
  • Strategies and supports for dealing with caregiver stress;
  • Options for Long Term Care and dealing with challenges;
  • Preparing for a move to Long Term Care;
  • The role of the caregiver in the Long Term Care team.

For more information or to register, please contact Leah Entz Family at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] 

Care Essentials

When: November 3 & 10 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Discuss progression of dementia;
  • Appreciate the individuals remaining strengths;
  • Develop skills for effective communication;
  • Identify problem-solving strategies to respond to responsive behaviors;
  • Strategize changes related to daily care;
  • Understand benefits and planning of meaningful activities.

For more information or to register, please contact Julia Kitchen at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected]

Ambiguous Loss & Grief

When: November 3 & 10 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a free 3 week workshop for care partners of someone living with dementia. This program aims to help care partners develop a better understanding of their grief and explore strategies for managing grief and loss.

This series will cover a number of topics, including:

  • What is Grief?
  • Types of Grief
  • Recognizing Losses
  • Guilt and Liberating Losses
  • What is ‘Grief Work’
  • Self-Care 
  • Recognizing the Circle of Support

For more information or to register, please contact Kristin Noorenberghe at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected]

LUNCH & LEARN Series

Join us for any of our four education and informal discussion sessions. Listen, ask questions, and have some lunch nearby!

  • Understanding Self Care - September 2nd 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
  • Long Term Care Decisions - September 9th 12 P.M. – 1 P.M
  • Dementia & Living Safely at Home - September 16th 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
  • Dementia & Communication - September 23rd 12 P.M. – 1 P.M.
     

For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] 

U-First! For Care Partners

When: Wednesdays, September 8, 15 & 22, 2021 ZOOM 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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.

For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] 

Reducing the Risk of Dementia
 

When: Oct. 15, 22, & 29 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 am

Come to a free 3 week series covering a variety of topics including:

  • Brain Exercises
  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Managing Stress

For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] 

LEARNING ABOUT MEMORY LOSS

For people who are worried about themselves or others. Join us for an informal time of learning and discussion.

The seminar will cover topics, including:

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

For more information or to register, please contact Danielle Bialas at 1-877-594-2368 or [email protected] 

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