Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Weekly eNewsletter: April 6 - 10

Connections That Matter

Hello, Friend!

We hope this newsletter finds you well. Take some time to read through the content and implement some of these tricks into your daily life. If you have feedback or suggestions on content you would like to see, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know at We would love to hear from you.

During this time, our phone lines remain open. If you need to reach us or have questions about programs and services, please call 416-967-5900.

We also invite you to keep checking the online portal here to learn about upcoming online events and programs. You will also be able to catch up on any newsletters you may have missed.

Happy reading!

In this edition:

  1. Tips for Care Partners
  2. Webinar: Dementia and COVID-19 Strategies for Care Partners
  3. Online Programs for People with Young Onset Dementia
  4. Join us for an Afternoon of Jazz
  5. Fun Online Activities
  6. Try an Online Workout Today!
  7. Your Smile of the Day

Tips for Care Partners

  1. Self Care Matters
    It is very easy for a care partner to put their needs aside, especially during stressful times. Try these simple self-care tips that will help reduce your stress levels and bring a calmer approach to your day.
    • Move: Stretch your arms, jump in place or walk around the living room. Get your body moving in a safe and manageable way to help bring on those feel-good endorphins.
    • Call a friend: Feeling disconnected? Call, text or email a friend and say hi. A simple communication from a friend or family member can help alleviate stress and act as a good distraction.
    • Grab a snack: A healthy snack can provide the nutrients and energy you need to get through your day.
    More self-care tips can be found here.
  2. Call for Support
    Do you need support or need to talk to someone about the changes and/or stresses of being a care partner? The Ontario Caregiver Helpline continues to provide 24/7 support to care partners, including connection and referrals to information, supports and services.
  3. Volunteers Needed
    Are you a former care partner who has given support to someone in the past or looking for an opportunity to share your knowledge and offer a hand to someone who needs support today? The Ontario Caregiver Organization is looking for Caregiver Support Volunteers. Fill out the application form here.

Dementia and COVID-19 Strategies for Care Partners

This webinar will focus on providing caregivers with strategies to providing care while in isolation. It will also highlight important COVID-19 precautions and guidelines along with the implications in caring for someone living with dementia.

Upcoming sessions: April 8, April 13, and May 1.

Click here to register.

Online Programs for People with Young Onset Dementia

The Active Minds Social Club is now online!

Join us Mondays and Fridays for online fun. Upcoming sessions include Music Therapy, Gentle Fitness, Zumba, Art Therapy and more! These programs are geared towards people living with Young Onset Dementia (under age 65) and are in partnership with the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and funded by the Central East LHIN.

Sign up here.

Join us for an Afternoon of Jazz on April 17!


Join us for this special live performance on April 17 featuring Laura Swankey (voice and piano) and Andrew Furlong (double bass). Award-winning Canadian vocalist, composer and improviser Laura Swankey is known for her vocal versatility, creativity and open-mindedness and Furlong is known for playing his upright and Fender electric bass in several different groups.

Thanks to our special partnership with Xenia Concerts and the generous support of the Hunt Family Foundation, this concert will be free. Please register here to reserve your spot and to receive the link for the live event.

Fun Online Activities

Cirque du Soleil is Coming to You!

Cirque du Soleil

A special offering from the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Since you cannot come to us, we’re coming to you with a #CirqueConnect hour-long special. Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life shows of KURIOS Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’, and LUZIA, with never-before seen angles that can only be experienced on your screen.”

Click here to watch!

Workout with Jane Fonda!

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda’s iconic workouts stand the test of time! Her YouTube channel is filled with workouts of all styles and all levels. We recommend getting some walking cardio in with her Level 1 and Level 2 exercise routines, which you can find here. Get some water, your towel and get movin’!

Your Smile of the Day


How do residents of a long-term care home in Wales stave off boredom during isolation? By playing a creative game of Hungy, Hungry Hippos! Check out the sweet video here.

Donate Now

People living with Alzheimer’s and dementia are especially vulnerable at this time, if you are able to, please consider supporting the essential services and programs that benefit this community.

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