Public awareness in York Region

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The Alzheimer Society of York Region helps change the stigma associated with a dementia diagnosis and raises awareness about people impacted by the disease. We do this through public education programs delivered across the region. Learn more.

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From courses for caregivers to learn how to manage behavior and communicate to information sessions on healthy brains, AS York offers information to help people navigate the dementia journey.

Learn about healthy brains, dementia and how to live well with talks and sessions hosted by the Public Education Team. Contact Jaime Cruz:

 

The general public

The Alzheimer Society of York Region provide many opportunities to learn more about brain health and dementia. Popular topics include: Understanding Communication and Behavioural Changes; Supporting Your Community, Finding Your Way and The Dementia Umbrella. The Public Education Coordinator can tailor a topic to the audience.

These sessions are not just for caregivers but for anyone who wants to learn more about dementia.

The Public Education Coordinator can host talks in:

  • Libraries
  • Retirement homes
  • Community and Seniors Centres
  • Condo buildings
  • Adult DAY programs
  • Long-term care homes
  • Corporate buildings
  • Town offices
  • Conferences and health fairs
  • Post-secondary institutes
  • Support groups

 

Corporate information sessions

The Alzheimer Society of York Region offers corporate information sessions for companies interested helping their employees learn more about dementia, living well with the disease or healthy brains. Contact Jaime Cruz at [email protected] or call 905-726-3477, ext. 232 for information.

Healthcare providers

The Public Education Team provides professional training programs including U-First and Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA).

Speakers

If you’re interested in hosting a speaker to talk about dementia, caregiving, research or advocacy, AS York has staff and volunteers who are willing to help. Contact Jaime Cruz at [email protected] or call 905-726-3477, ext. 232, who can tailor a session based on your needs.

First Steps for Care Partners Education series

The First Steps for Care Partners Education Series is a four-week session that takes place at various times and locations in York Region. Sessions including information about dementia, brain changes, planning ahead and building a circle of support.

Care Essentials for Caregivers Education series

Care Essentials for Caregivers Education Series is a four-week session that takes place at various times and locations in York Region. Sessions include what to expect; communicating effectively; responding to changing behaviours; and supporting daily activities.