Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Weekly eNewsletter: Issue 11

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 our counselling staff, or have questions about programs and services, please call 416-967-5900.

We also invite you to keep checking the online portal 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: Dance, Dance, Dance!
  2. Workshop: Overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  3. Online Programs
  4. Fun Online Activities
  5. City of Toronto: Stay, Play & Learn at Home
  6. Community Services: Free Tax Clinics
  7. Community Friends: Hospice Toronto

Tips for Care Partners: Dance, Dance, Dance!

Fun fact: Did you know that dancing is not only fun, but also a form of fitness for both your body and brain?

Many studies have found evidence of music stimulating the brain’s reward center, while dance activates its sensory and motor circuits. When we dance, we are strengthening the neural connections that help to improve memory. A benefit of dancing is that while you are feeling the physical effects of movement, your brain is subconsciously getting a workout too by stimulating the cognitive thought processes. Dancing can also lift your mood as well as ease stress and anxiety.

And you can create a dance floor anywhere and anytime while taking a stretching break from the computer, making dinner, or even brushing your teeth. No need for complicated dance routines get your feet moving to a favourite tune and feel the endorphins kick in. We bet that you have a tune in mind and started doing a jiggle while reading this. Happy dancing!

Workshop: Overview of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia ONLINE


When: Monday, June 1, 2:00pm to 3:00pm

This workshop aims to provide an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to care partners, members of the public and professionals. The desired outcome is to learn the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s, identify changes in the brain that occur as a result of the disease, knowing the warning signs of dementia and learn more about how to get a diagnosis.

The workshop will be presented using Zoom. Registration is required to receive Zoom link to participate.

Click here to register.

Online Programs

Gentle Fitness Online

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When: Every Tuesday through June 16 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Let’s get moving together with Jennifer!

This program, facilitated by Nia instructor Jennifer Hicks, uses easy to follow movements to build strength and flexibility while conditioning your body. The sessions are adapted and sensitive to all levels of agility and are suitable for individuals who want the support of being seated throughout the class. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

Please note: You will need Zoom software and the internet. Upon registration, you will be emailed instructions on how to access the session.

Click here to register.

For more programs, including education webinars, support groups, and recreational activities, coming up in June, please visit the online calendar here.

Music for Memories Sing-a-Long

Music for Memories

When: Every Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Alzheimer Society of Kingston hosts a sing-a-long with a new musical guest every Thursday. Fans of all genres country music, classic rock, jazz, standards and more are invited to come and sign their hearts out! This is a wonderful opportunity for live entertainment.

Join us on Thursdays here.

For more programs, including education webinars, support groups, and recreational activities, coming up in June, please visit the online calendar here.

Fun Online Activities



BINGO! A fun, classic game suitable for all ages! Stay connected with your family and friends through engaging in a timeless classic game. There are options to play traditional bingo using numbers, customize your own bingo cards or use one of the many themed games on offer. The game can be played online or there is the option to print the cards.

Click here to get started!

Classic Ballet

We are bringing the theatre to your home this week with some classic favourites. Best part is, you get to choose if you attend the matinee or evening performance! Take this time to treat yourself and change up your usual routine by getting dressed up and transforming your living room into your own private theatre space. Dim the lights, take your seat, and enjoy.

  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake - The Kirov Ballet. Watch here.
  • Giselle - Royal Danish Ballet 2016. Watch here.
  • Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Ballet. Watch here.

City of Toronto - Stay, Play & Learn at Home

Stay Safe

(Photo: City of Toronto)

The City of Toronto has compiled a list of Seniors Active Living Centres offering virtual programs such as exercise, language classes, art, music, chat groups and much more. Check out the City's Stay, Play & Learn at Home webpage for these and other activities.

Get started here.

Community Services: Free Tax Clinics

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to file individual income tax returns this year has been extended to June 1, instead of April 30. The Government of Canada is partnering with community organizations to provide free, virtual tax clinics. Seniors with a modest income and a simple tax situation may be able to have volunteers do their taxes by video conference or phone at no cost to them.

More information on available tax clinics can be found here.

Community Friends: Hospice Toronto

In this new section we will be highlighting the incredible work being done by our community partners in this time of COVID-19. We invite you to get to know them and learn about the programs and services they are offering.

Hospice Young Careers Program

Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and our adjustments to working remotely, Hospice Toronto continues to provide and explore new program offerings. Although the way we support has changed, the well-being of our clients and volunteers continues to be a priority.

Currently, Hospice Toronto’s volunteers are still doing grocery shops for our most vulnerable clients. Our Hospice team is also providing remote support programs. These include, but are not limited to, wellness telephone check-ins, online bereavement support, reiki through zoom, caregiver support and online art therapy.

The Young Carers program has transitioned to online programming and is offering programs to members twice daily. These programs provide a therapeutic and engaging space for Young Carers to explore how they are impacted by COVID-19. The Young Carers program is still accepting referrals and welcoming new clients.

If you’d like to more about Hospice Toronto’s response to COVID-19, visit our website or e-mail us your questions at

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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