D.A.Y. Program


The Alzheimer Society of York Region's D.A.Y. program offers social stimulation for a person diagnosed with dementia and respite for caregivers. This page will share information about the D.A.Y. program and their locations.

Staff at the Aurora DAY program in PPE.

Staff are welcoming clients to two DAY programs: one in Aurora and one in Thornhill.

Contact the Alzheimer Society of York Region at 905-726-3477 to learn about eligibility requirements for the D.A.Y. programs in Thornhill, Stouffville and Aurora.

D.A.Y. program

The Alzheimer Society of York Region has been providing quality dementia-specific adult D.A.Y. centre services since 1985.

The D.A.Y. centre model is a comprehensive service that provides a structured, individualized recreational social programming for people diagnosed with dementia residing in York Region.

Goal of the D.A.Y. program

  • Maintain an optimum level of intellectual, physical and social functioning
  • Provide an opportunity for socialization
  • Support and provide the primary caregiver with respite
  • Delay institutionalization
  • Promote a better understanding of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias

Benefits of D.A.Y. program

  • Supervised supported social and recreational activities
  • Structured, individualized care
  • Respite and relief for primary caregivers
  • Counselling and support to caregivers
  • Ongoing information and education services


D.A.Y. program services

  • Person-centred, individualized care,
  • Planned social, physical and recreational activities,
  • Structured daily activities include indoor and outdoor exercises, music programs, mental stimulation, discussion groups, reminiscing programs, gardening and games,
  • Programs are engaging and stimulating,
  • Activities are success-oriented,
  • Foot care clinic every six weeks,
  • Haircare,
  • A daily hot meal and two snacks provided and
  • Escorted transportation.


D.A.Y. program eligibility

  • Referrals are welcomed from hospitals, health and other social service agencies, physicians, relatives and friends,
  • Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias,
  • Living within the York Region and
  • Meets CCAC (Community Care Access Centre’s) eligibility criteria.


Location and hours of operation

Aurora D.A.Y. Centre
2-240 Edward St., Aurora
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thornhill D.A.Y. Centre
2-10 Harlech Ct., Thornhill
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Stouffville D.A.Y. Centre
150 Molstar, Royal Canadian Legion 459, Stouffville 
Hours:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.