Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

July 2020 - Issue 16

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. Our Newsletter is Moving Monthly!
  2. Celebrating 153 Years of Canada
  3. Congratulations! Jim Mann Receives Honorary Law Degree
  4. Tips for Care Partners: Stretching
  5. Online Programs and Workshops
  6. Community Friends: Bedford Medical Alert

Our Newsletter is Moving Monthly!

Beginning with the July issue of our newsletter, you can expect our weekly newsletter to be sent to your inbox monthly. But don’t worry! Our monthly newsletters will still be filled with helpful tips, resources, online activities and workshops, the latest news, and more!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at

Celebrating 153 Years of Canada

This July, Canada is celebrating its 153rd birthday! While Canada Day celebrations may have looked a little different this year, you can celebrate Canada’s birthday all month long at home with these activities:

For more information or activities you can do to celebrate, visit the Government of Canada’s Celebration Kit website here.

Congratulations! Jim Mann Receives
Honorary Law Degree

Jim Mann

Congratulations to Jim Mann on receiving an Honorary Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, acknowledging his many years of passionate work and advocacy on behalf of the dementia community.

Diagnosed with dementia in 2007, Jim Mann has used his business background as a marketer and communicator to lead by example in reducing the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As an advocate for the rights of people with lived experience of dementia, he has been acknowledged as the single-most influential person in Canada for countering negative stereotypes and promoting an inclusive society in which persons with dementia can make an active and meaningful contribution.

Join us in congratulating Jim on this achievement and thanking him for the meaningful contributions he has made to our communities.

To learn more, click here.

Tips for Care Partners: The Importance of Stretching


Stretching is often overlooked in the world of physical exercise however, it has numerous health benefits. Did you know that stretching can:

  • Increase your flexibility
  • Increase your range of motion
  • Improve your performance in physical activities
  • Increase blood flow to your muscles
  • Improve your posture
  • Help to heal and prevent back pain

It can also be a great stress reliever and help you calm your mind.

The National Institute on Aging has a helpful series of short videos that can help you through a variety of stretches. Watch them here!

Please remember it’s important to listen to your body and only do what feels comfortable.

Online Programs and Workshops

Register for U-First!®


When: Three-week program starting on July 6

Are you a frontline care provider looking to enhance your skills in caring for people living with dementia? Register for our next three-week online U-First!® course that starts July 6!

U-First!® is a training program that helps frontline staff to develop a common knowledge base, language, values and approach to caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by:

  • Understanding the person living with dementia and associated behaviour changes
  • Working as a team to develop individualized support strategies

For more details and to register, head to

Workshop: Supporting Communication


When: Monday, July 13, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

This presentation discusses the changes in communication that occur in people living with dementia and provides strategies to communicate and support the individual using a person-centered approach.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize different ways in which communication occurs
  • Explain how communication changes in a person with dementia
  • Describe strategies that can support communication with a person with dementia
  • Recognize the benefits of validating a person’s feelings when trying to communicate

This workshop will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

Register here.

Workshop: Self-Care for Care Partners


When: Tuesday, July 14, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is designed to help those caring for people living with dementia.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Defining self-care
  • Common barriers preventing care partners from practicing self-care
  • The benefits of self-care habits
  • Strategies, approaches and ideas on incorporating self-care into our daily schedule
  • Emotional hygiene and how to practice it
  • Creating a self-care plan and sticking to it

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

To register, please click here.

Workshop: Finding Joy and Humour in Dementia Care


When: Tuesday, July 30, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

This educational workshop is for care partners of individuals living with dementia with a focus on looking at the lighter side of caregiving.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore looking and living beyond the diagnosis
  • Create opportunities for joy and look at the lighter side of caregiving
  • Evaluate the benefits of humour and having a positive outlook
  • Assess the strategies and approaches for incorporating joy and humour into caregiving

This workshop will be presented online using Zoom. Registration is required to receive the zoom link to participate.

Register here.

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

Community Friends: Bedford Medical Alert

In this 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.

Bedford Medical Alert

In keeping with their dedication to premium service, Bedford continues to take precautionary measures to help ensure the safety of those who are at higher risk of serious illness, including COVID-19. Devices are a good way to keep exposure to viruses down. They allow our loved ones to have remote access to help without someone having to enter their home to check on them. Bedford is now offering Phone Consultations and Remote Set-Ups so that visits are not necessary to set up a device. Alternatively, their Care Consultants can keep your loved ones safe by following Bedford Safety Policies and Procedures, which include the use of face masks, latex gloves, and disinfectant wipes. They are also offering a new service, Caring Calls, which are daily interactions to keep our loved ones engaged and their minds active if they are feeling isolated during this time.

To learn more about Bedford Medical Alert, please visit

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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