Education Sessions

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Register and participate in our upcoming in-person and online Education Sessions!

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Education Hour - open to the public

Join us for this ongoing education program, suitable for care partners and people living with a dementia diagnosis. For one hour at a time, we will explore different topics of interest in-depth. Please pre-register for each session individually by clicking the links below.

For more information about our education programs, contact:

Huron site: Jeanette Sears or call 519-482-1482 / 1-800-561-5012
Perth site: Christy Bannerman or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882

 

Research and Medication Update - September 27 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join Christy for a discussion and Q&A time regarding the latest research and medication options in the dementia field. 

This session takes place online using Zoom and requires you to pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910.

Getting Lost - October 12 at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm

Getting lost: did you know 60% of people with memory impairment get lost at some point? Join Christy for a discussion and Q&A time. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 2:00 - 3:00 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882.

Dementia Night 2022: Dr. Cohen - October 17 from 7:00-8:30pm

What's New in Diagnosis and Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

Join us for an evening with Dr. Sharon Cohen (MD, FCRC) Medical Director of the Toronto Memory Program. Dr. Cohen will be sharing the latest research and new directions for treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. 

This session takes place online on Zoom. Please pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email j[email protected] or call 519-482-1482 / 1-800-561-5012. 

What is MCI? - October 19 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Join us to discuss common questions about Mild Cognitive Impairment: What is MCI? How is it different than dementia? What resources are available at the Alzheimer Society? 

This session takes place online using Zoom and requires you to pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 1-800-561-5012. 

Planning Ahead - October 26 at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm

Things to consider when cognitive changes are happening. Join Christy for a discussion and Q&A time. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 2:00 - 3:00 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882.

Your Journey of Support Starts Here - November 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join Christy Bannerman and Jeanette Sears from the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth for a discussion about resources available for people and families living with dementia in Huron and Perth. Education, Support and Recreation are all part of living well with dementia. 

This session takes place online using Zoom. Please pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Christy or Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910

10 Warning Signs - November 7 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

10 Warning Signs: Should I be Worried?  – Learn to identify common early signs of dementia and explore the difference between early signs of dementia and common age-related memory changes. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 /519-271-1910.

Brain Health - November 9 from 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm

Brain Health - Things I can do! Join Christy for a discussion and Q&A time. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 2:00 - 3:00 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882.

Types of dementia - November 14 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia? This session provides an introduction to the most common types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular, Lewy Body, Frontal Temporal, and mixed dementia. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Brain Changes: 8 A's - November 21 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

This session explains common cognitive changes people with dementia experience. We will describe these changes as a shift in perception - a shift in the way many people with dementia see and navigate the world. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Do I have dementia? - November 23 at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm

I keep forgetting things - do I have dementia? Join Christy for a discussion around one of the most frequent - and important - questions we get. This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 2:00 - 3:00 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882.

Communication Tips - November 28 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

This session looks at how communication changes due to dementia can affect day-to-day experiences – and offers some starting points to improve connections.This session takes place online on Zoom:

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Your Journey of Support Starts Here - December 7 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join Christy Bannerman and Jeanette Sears from the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth for a discussion about resources available for people and families living with dementia in Huron and Perth counties. Education, Support and Recreation are all part of living well with dementia. Find out how you can benefit from what we have to offer.

This session takes place online using Zoom. Pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Christy or Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Dementia 101 - December 8 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

A diagnosis of dementia is live changing - but you don't have to deal with it alone. We have education and resources designed for you. This session is a starting point in understanding what dementia is, what to expect, and next steps in your journey.

This session takes place online using Zoom. Pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Brain Health 101 - December 12 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

This session discusses ways to incorporate healthy brain choices into your everyday life - including some of the latest research on nutrition and exercise. Everyone can benefit – you are never too young or too old!

This session takes place online using Zoom. Pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

Preparing for the Holidays - December 13 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

When someone has dementia, preparing for holidays and travelling can be stressful.  Join us for a discussion on managing expectations, gathering with friends, and family caregiver self-care tips.

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 519-271-1910.

What is MCI? - December 14 from 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us to discuss common questions about Mild Cognitive Impairment: What is MCI? How is it different than dementia? What resources are available at the Alzheimer Society? 

This session takes place online using Zoom. Pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 / 1-800-561-5012. 

Delusions, Hallucinations and Paranoia - December 14 at 1:30 pm or 7:00 pm

What is the difference between these concepts - and how do I cope?

  • Click here to register for 1:30 - 2:30 pm session
  • Click here to register for 7:00 - 8:00 pm session

For more information, email Christy or call 519-271-1910 / 1-888-797-1882.

Brain Health Series – open to the public

Stay tuned for new fall dates.

Contact Christy with any questions 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or email [email protected].

Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver support groups are an opportunity to connect with other caregivers, enhance your understanding of dementia, and develop practical strategies for supporting a person living with dementia. At this time, all groups remain virtual. We are working towards in person support groups and hope to be safely doing so in the near future. 

All caregivers who are registered clients are welcome to attend. Registration is required by contacting your assigned First Link Counsellor at 519-271-1910 or 1-888-797-1882.

Life After Dementia Support Program

This is a 4-week support/education program for registered care partners clients who have lost one to dementia. We will share stories, learn about grief and dementia, and explore ways of coping and moving forward following the loss. The group will offer both opportunities for education and time for discussion. This program will be tentatively offered in September 2022. Location to be determined by registrations. 

Please pre-register by contacting Christy 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or by email [email protected].

Taking Control of Our Lives™

Taking Control of Our Lives™ is a 9 week group education program focused on empowering and supporting people living with early stage dementia. Participants include those with diagnosis of early stages of dementia and a family member/friend.

Taking Control of Our Lives™ is designed to have a positive impact on participants’ ability to: make strong connections, feel valued, stand up to stigma, feel connected, and have more confidence.

Pre-registration is required for in-person sessions in September 2022. Manuals will be provided. Register with Christy 519-271-1910 ext.21 or by email [email protected].

First Link Learning Series: First Steps

A 4-week learning opportunity for individuals newly diagnosed with dementia and their care partners. This program provides an introduction to dementia, we will discuss issues including:

  • what to expect
  • adapting to brain changes
  • planning ahead through uncertainty
  • building a circle of support

In-person sessions hosted in Stratford, Wednesday afternoons:
June 29, July 6, 13 & 20 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

In-person sessions hosted in Listowel, Wednesday mornings:
June 29, July 6, 13, & 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 am

Virtual sessions over Zoom, Wednesday evenings:
June 29, July 6, 13, & 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Note: Minimum attendance requirements for programs to run. Manuals will be provided.

Register with Christy 519-271-1910 ext.21 or [email protected] for in-person based on location or virtual sessions.

First Link Learning Series: Care Essentials

This four-week program is designed for care-partners supporting people living with mid-stage dementia. The 2-hour sessions cover topics such as:

  • what to expect
  • communicating effectively
  • responding to behaviour changes
  • supporting daily activities

In-person sessions hosted in Stratford, Wednesdays:
August 10, 17, 24 & 31 - Time to be determined.

Virtual sessions over Zoom, Wednesday evenings:
August 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Note: Minimum attendance requirements for programs to run. Manuals will be provided.

Register with Christy 519-271-1910 ext.21 or [email protected] for in-person or virtual sessions.

 

Memory and Aging Program

Wednesday, November 9, 16, 23 & 30 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Our popular Memory and Aging Program is an engaging 4-part series that helps define age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and practice memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. We will be meeting on ZOOM from 10:00 – 12:00 noon on Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 23 and 30. You can register for Memory and Aging here:   

This session takes place online using Zoom; pre-register by clicking here. For more information, email Jeanette  or call 519-482-1482 /519-271-1910

Upcoming Education Programs

  • U-First for Care Partners
  • First Link Learning Series: Care in the Later Stages

Connect with your First Link Counsellor or Christy by phone at 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or by email [email protected] for more information.

Community & Professional Education

Are you looking for a speaker for your online meeting? Would you like to know more about Dementia Friendly Communities®, and/or receive dementia training for your staff in a local business, community organization, retirement, or long-term care? Please contact Christy by phone at 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or by email [email protected].