Programs and services

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The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton can help you by providing information, resources, education, support and counselling. Use this page as your guide to find the care and support you may need.

National ambassador Tanis Rummery.

For more information about any of the programs and services we offer at the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton, please contact us by phone at 519-332-4444 or by email at [email protected].

We are here to help

Our staff and volunteers provide support programs, educational resources, referral services and more to ease the challenges of care and improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, as well as their caregivers and families.

Experience has shown that the earlier people begin to learn and strategize about coping with dementia, the better they are prepared and the better their caregivers are able to provide support over time.

We hope you will find relief in knowing that you are not alone and do not have to pioneer your own path, when so many have gone before and have shared their learning.

Scroll down to learn more about the programs and services we offer at the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton.

Active living programs for people living with dementia

These programs improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Click here for our monthly calendar of activities.

Forget Me Not Social Club

The Forget Me Not Social Club is for people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy the company of others, and to get out into the community to participate in planned activities.

Learn more about our Forget Me Not Social Club.

Inspirational Moments

Each Inspirational Moments session has a specially designed tour of the newest art exhibitions. Participants will be led through exploratory, fun and casual conversations about exhibitions and specific art works.

Learn more about Inspirational Moments.

Mindful Music Program

The Mindful Music Program is designed to provide personalized music intervention to stimulate the memory of the person living with dementia's, provide meaningful engagement through auditory stimulation, and support self-expression and identity.

Learn more about our Mindful Music Program.

Minds in Motion®

Through Minds in Motion®, people living with dementia will experience meaningful and beneficial socialization and stimulation through a number of appropriate activities.

Learn more about Minds in Motion®.

Respite programs for caregivers

These programs offer respite for people caring for someone living with dementia.

Respite Program

Are you providing care for a person living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia within the areas of Sarnia, Point Edward, and Bright's Grove? Know that respite hours are available days, evening and weekends. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your needs.

Learn more about our Respite Program.

Side by Side Companion Program

The Side by Side Companion Program is a volunteer-based program that provides short-term relief for caregivers while providing companionship and socialization to the person living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in their own home, hospital or long-term care home.

Learn more about our Side by Side Companion Program.

Dementia education and training

The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton provides many educational opportunities for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

  • Educational sessions and training are designed to meet the needs of the target audience.
  • Length and timing can be arranged to meet participant or staff schedules, i.e., sessions are condensed, held in the evening or held multiple times to accommodate shifts.
  • There are no fees but donations to the Society are always welcome.

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) is an innovative education curriculum that is currently being offered to care organizations throughout Ontario.

The overall goal of the GPA curriculum is to educate frontline staff in healthcare on how to use person-centred, compassionate and gentle persuasive approach and to respond respectfully, with confidence and skill to challenging behaviours associated with dementia.

Public education

Does your club or organization need a guest speaker? Would you like an in-service for your staff or students?

Public education sessions are available on a variety of topics and can be tailored to your group's needs. Through these sessions, you can learn more about dementia and how you can help make our community more dementia-friendly.

Sensitivity training

Sensitivity training is also available for dementia care and age-related conditions, children's educational programs and the First Link® Learning Series.

To book a time or for further details on any of these educational opportunities, please contact Christine Wright at 519-332-4444 or [email protected].

Resource Lending Library

The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton has a wide range of books and videos on topics such as coping techniques and strategies, as well as sensory stimulation activities.

  • These items are available free of charge to persons with dementia, family/care partners, professionals, students, children, teenagers, the general public, and anyone else interests in dementia care.
  • We also have a variety of information sheets, pamphlets and handouts for your use.
  • Items are signed out and we ask that you return them on the assigned date or call us if you need an extension.

Contact our office to learn more: Email us at [email protected] or call us at 519-332-4444.

More resources on dementia

Across Canada, the Alzheimer Society offers resources for people living with dementia, caregivers, families, healthcare providers and first responders.

For a full list of helpful resources, visit our online resource library.

Referral services

If you are concerned that you may have dementia, or have been recently diagnosed and are unsure what your next step is, the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton can connect you to the appropriate healthcare provider and community support services.

Self-referral

Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

  • If you are concerned about any of the early warning signs, go to your doctor.
  • If you don’t receive the help you need, ask to be referred to a specialist. You know your body and you should speak up if you have worries about Alzheimer’s or other dementias.
  • Our list of 10 warning signs can help you identify the signs of dementia.

Self-referrals to the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton can be made by contacting us by phone at 519-332-4444 or by email at [email protected].

Behaviour Supports Ontario (BSO) System Navigator

Our Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) System Navigator is the primary link for older adults experiencing responsive behaviours associated with dementia, mental health, addictions and other neurological conditions.

Through the BSO System Navigator, they can access BSO supports and resources. The System Navigator also assists caregivers in navigating the healthcare system in Ontario.

To get in touch with our System Navigator, please contact 519-332-4444 for more information.

First Link®

First Link® is an innovative program that connects people who are newly diagnosed with local healthcare providers across Ontario. People living with dementia can receive information about diagnosis, day-to-day living, positive approaches to care and how to prepare for the end of life.

The program also provides individual support and counselling and links people with the disease to other Alzheimer Society programs and services.

Learn more about First Link®.

Individual and group support

We provide a variety of support for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, caregivers, family members and healthcare providers, whether it is through individual support or a support group.

Find support in Sarnia-Lambton.

Safety services

When Alzheimer's disease and other dementias progress, the person living with the disease has the potential to go missing. This situation presents a serious safety concern, but know that help and support is available.

Finding Your Way®

Finding Your Way® is a website dedicated to helping people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities to recognize the risk of going missing, be prepared for incidents of going missing, and ensure that people with dementia can live safely in the community.

Learn more about Finding Your Way®.

MedicAlert® Safely Home®

MedicAlert® Safely Home®is a nationwide service designed to help identify a person living with dementia who has gone missing. The service also ensures that the person returns to their family safe and sound.

MedicAlert® Safely Home® was created through a partnership between MedicAlert Foundation Canada and the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Learn more about MedicAlert® Safely Home®.

Forget Me Not Social Club

The Forget Me Not Social Club is a social networking opportunity for people living with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy the company of others, and to get out into the community to participate in planned activities.

Learn more
Support group counsellor smiling.

Inspirational Moments

Inspirational Moments is an art-based program that allows participants to access a tour of our newest exhibitions and explore fun and casual conversations about specific artworks.

Learn more
Senior woman at her art class.

Mindful Music

The Mindful Music Program is designed to provide personalized music intervention to stimulate the memory of people living with dementia, provide meaningful engagement and support self-expression and identity.

Learn more
Senior woman listening to some good music.

Minds in Motion®

Minds in Motion® is a social recreation program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This program is designed for the care partner to participate with the person with dementia.

Learn more
Minds in Motion program in session.

Respite Program

The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia Lambton offers in-home respite care to provide an opportunity for a care partner to spend some "me" time knowing that their loved one is also enjoying social activities with a trained, qualified respite worker.

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Side by Side Companion Program

The "Side by Side" volunteer companion program provides short-term relief for caregivers while providing companionship and socialization to the person living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementias in their own home.

Learn more
Volunteer helping senior man at his home.

Find support in Sarnia-Lambton

The Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton offers plenty of information and support opportunities for individuals who have Alzheimer's and related dementia, their care partners, family and friends.

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Middle-aged woman smiling in front of her support group.

MedicAlert® Safely Home®

MedicAlert® Safely Home® helps identify a person living with dementia who has gone missing and assists them to return home safely. Learn about how this service works, how to sign up and pricing information.

Learn more