Education Opportunities

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We offer various learning opportunities to help families and friends continue to enhance their knowledge of dementia. These sessions will be hosted by an Alzheimer Society staff member either in-person or online.

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Free Education Opportunities

If you would like to participate in our on-line programs, please:

  1. Use a computer, tablet or iPad to install Zoom (download instructions):
    • On a computer, go to https://zoom.us/ and download and install the platform. (Top right corner, it’s safe, easy and free! May take about 5 minutes.)
    • On an iPad, go to the App Store and install "Zoom Cloud Meetings".
    • On a tablet, go to the Google Play Store and install "Zoom Cloud Meetings".
  2. Choose any online educational opportunity from the list below and click "Click here to register"
  3. You will be sent a confirmation email with the instructions for accessing your session.
  4. If you have questions about the Zoom platform, please email Sarah Cook ([email protected]) for more detailed instructions.

To watch our past online sessions, please check out our Video Resources page.

Upcoming  Education Sessions

**There are no education sessions scheduled for July and August.

SEPTEMBER VIRTUAL EDUCATION SESSIONS:

An Overview of Dementia - Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10:30 am

This presentation is all about understanding dementia. It aims to increase our understanding of the various types of dementia that exist, including both reversible and irreversible types, as well as the symptoms of dementia. It will also explore how Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, impacts the brain and how it is likely to progress.

Target Audience:  general public; people living with dementia and their care partners

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvf-ugrzkiGdektiomYWVEOeP-OjKgkcya

 

Building Dementia Friendly Communities Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 10:30 am

A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected, and supported. It's an environment where everyone feels confident in their ability to contribute to community life, is included in conversations, and has choice and control over their day-to-day lives. People with dementia and their care partners have the right to live well in the community, together. As more people are diagnosed with dementia every year and choose to live at home, we need to determine how we can better support people living with dementia. Join thousands of Ontarians in showing your support for people living with dementia and their care partners. Together, we can create a Dementia Friendly Community.

Target Audience:  community members and employers, staff, and volunteers of businesses and organizations who want to be more dementia-friendly

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpde2hrjkpGtRW71Pv5uvvZ8-GLLvOEMQB

 

Types of Dementia - Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 10:30 am

Did you know that there are many different causes of dementia, including both reversible and irreversible types? In this education session, we will explore some of the most common types of dementia, their warning signs, and symptoms.

Target Audience:  general public; people living with dementia and their care partners

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlce2trD0vGdfDeJ3Y5igb9i6jPgHGzqS2

 

OCTOBER VIRTUAL EDUCATION SESSIONS:

Recognizing and Reducing Caregiver Stress - Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 10:30 am

Caregiving can be both rewarding and challenging. This education session helps care partners to recognize the signs of stress and offers tips and strategies for reducing stress.

Target Audience:  Caregivers of those living with dementia.

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcOytpzgiHNwZdkJ3JCM_OxSCCIcQw1cG

 

Enhancing Communication - Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 10:30am

This education session will help care partners, family, and friends supporting persons with dementia to identify and understand changes in communication that often result from brain changes. Participants will learn tips and strategies for making communication more successful.

Target audience:  care partners of individuals living with dementia

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErceyqrDMrHNRXxI7H_-FyG0hPWJSVV5w9

 

Understanding Behaviour Changes - Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 10:30am

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can impact the brain in many ways. As a result of brain changes, people living with dementia may experience physical, emotional, mental, and cognitive changes. They may also experience behavioural changes. The symptoms of dementia can affect how a person will think and act. In this education session, we will explore the most common behaviour changes that can occur in dementia, and some tips and strategies for understanding and addressing them.

Target audience:  care partners of individuals living with dementia

Link to register: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpf-mprzkrHdcLgdCYYRqq4NyQOpzduyKy

 

NOVEMBER VIRTUAL EDUCATION SESSIONS:

Understanding Ambiguous Loss and Grief - Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 10:30 am

Ambiguous loss is a type of loss you experience when a person with dementia is physically here but may not be mentally or emotionally present in the same way as before.  Ambiguous loss is very different from the loss and grief of sudden death. It complicates grief, often making it hard to recognize or know how to grieve when the abilities of the person with dementia have changed. Please join us to learn about steps you can take to live positively with your losses and grief while caring for someone with dementia

Target Audience:  Care partners, family, and friends supporting persons living with dementia

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckdO6hrz8tE9fNH5n-mvLg_TlDUF6lJTXT

 

Cold Weather Safety TipsTuesday, November 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

Whether you are going outside for some fresh air or heading to a medical appointment, getting outside during the winter may be important or necessary for a person living with dementia.  Going outdoors with a person living with dementia, especially in the winter months, can take great care and consideration.  In this session we will explore some cold weather safety tips that will help keep you safe and warm this winter season.

Target Audience:  Persons living with dementia, care partners, family, and friends supporting persons living with dementia.

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdeysrTkiHtV4EBRqyZWE1wIlWbsHdZ12

 

Preparing for the HolidaysTuesday, November 22, 2022 at 10:30 am

For people living with dementia the holiday season can be a stressful and overwhelming time. With some modifications to our regular traditions, we can make the holidays more enjoyable for everyone.  Join us as we explore some helpful holiday tips that can make this season as stress-free as possible.

Target Audience:  Persons living with dementia, care partners, family, and friends supporting persons living with dementia.

Link to register:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlceChrzwtG92oMWbajDp24vWMM3G5K1Tv

 

If you have any questions about any of these sessions, please contact a member of our Education Team:

Sarah Cook – [email protected]

Shelby Barrie - [email protected]

Kris Van Luven – [email protected]

Phone: (705) 748-5131 or 1-800-561-2588.  Please leave a voicemail at ext. 222.

 

We encourage you to visit the Video Resources section of our website to view recordings of our past Zoom education sessions!