Dementia education for everyone

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The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth provides many educational opportunities for everyone. From online webinars to in-person speakers and classes, we have opportunities for you to learn more about Brain Health and Dementia.

Education Hour

For more information or to arrange a presentation on any of these educational opportunities, please email us or give us a call:
Perth: email Christy Bannerman or call 1-888-797-1882
Huron: email Jeanette Sears or call 1-800-561-5012

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

 

10 Warning Signs - January 30

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. 

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

Memory & Aging Program - starts January 31

Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 14, 21: 1:30 pm

The 4-week Memory & Aging Program™ is for anyone interested in learning about memory changes that may occur with age. We discuss how memory works and ways to keep the brain healthy. We focus on strategies to improve everyday memory performance. 

Join us on ZOOM. Click here to register. For more information, email Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 /1-800-561-5012

Your Journey of Support Starts Here - February 1

Wednesday, February 1: 10 - 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

Types of Dementia - February 6

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. 

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

Lunch & Learn for Health Professionals - starting February 8

Wednesdays, February 8, 15 & 22: 12 - 1:00 pm

This 3-week lunch hour condensed course reviews Dementia BasicsCommunication Skills, and a Review of Programs and Services available at the Alzheimer Society to help the people you serve. Join us for one or all three sessions of this inaugural course. 

Join us on ZOOM. Click here to register. For more information, email Jeanette or Christy or call 519-482-1482 /519-271-1910

Brain Changes: 8 A's - February 13

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. 

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

Communication Tips - February 27

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:

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

Your Journey of Support Starts Here - March 1

Wednesday, March 1: 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

How is Dementia Diagnosed? - March 9

Demystifying Memory Clinics. What is involved in a dementia diagnosis process? Why is my experience so different than someone else with the same diagnosis? 

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

Memory Clinics: Who, What, When, Why, Where? - March 23

Demystifying Memory Clinics. What happens at a Memory Clinic? How many people will be there? Help take the fear out of the Memory Clinic appointment. Find out what to expect at that important memory clinic appointment. Bring your questions!

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

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. Groups are ongoing and currently being offered in a variety of formats including virtually via Zoom using both telephone and online access or in person following public health guidelines.

Current and new registered caregivers are welcome. Registration is required by contacting your assigned First Link Counsellor at 519-271-1910 or 1-888-797-1882.

Life After Dementia Support/Education 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. 

Please contact Christy 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or by email [email protected] to find out more about the next scheduled group. Location to be determined by registrations.

Education Series

The First Link (R) is made up of 5 distinct courses that are progressive in nature. Each course builds upon the other to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems. If you would like to attend, but aren't sure which is most suitable for you, please contact us at 519-271-1910.

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

For specific dates, please contact Christy 519-271-1910 ext.21 or [email protected].

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

For specific dates, please contact Christy 519-271-1910 ext.21 or [email protected].

Memory and Aging Program

Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 14 and 21 at 1:30pm

The 4-week Memory & Aging Program™ is for anyone interested in learning about memory changes that may occur with age. We discuss how memory works and ways to keep the brain healthy We focus on strategies to improve everyday memory performance.  

Join us on ZOOM. Click here to register. For more information, email  Jeanette or call 519-482-1482 /1-800-561-5012.

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].