Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

August 2020 - Issue 17

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: Self-Care
  2. International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
  3. Summer Activities to Stimulate Your Brain!
  4. Ways You Can Stay Active at Home
  5. CRA Webinar on Tax and Benefit Information for Seniors
  6. Online Programs and Workshops

Tips for Care Partners: Self-Care

Self Care

As our society slowly returns to normal, or rather, adapts to a ‘new normal’, we’d like to gently remind you to continue to pay attention to your wellbeing and health. Self-care is critical for managing anxiety levels. We may not always have much time to dedicate to it, but there are quick and easy techniques that can make a stressful day take a turn for the better.

4-7-8 Measured Breathing

  • Take a deep breath slowly through your nose and count to 4
  • Hold your breath and count to 7
  • Exhale through your mouth and count to 8
  • Repeat at least 4 times

Belly Breathing

  • Sit or lie down in a comfortable position
  • Put one hand on your belly, below your ribs, and put the other hand on your chest
  • Take a deep breath slowly through your nose and inflate your belly (your chest should not move, only your belly)
  • Slowly breathe out through your mouth with pursed lips (like you are whistling) and deflate your belly (blow all the air out)
  • Repeat at least 4 times

International Day of the World’s
Indigenous Peoples

Photo by United Nations Photo / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

On Sunday, August 9, commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People. This year’s theme is COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples’ resilience. Take the time on this day to recognize the innovative ways Indigenous peoples continue to demonstrate resilience and strength in the face of a pandemic while confronting grave threats to their survival.

The United Nations is holding an online event on Monday, August 10 that will feature a panel discussion on the above topic. To watch and participate in the interactive webinar, click here.

As always, if you are in need or looking for additional resources and fact sheets regarding dementia within the Indigenous Communities, you can visit for more information.

Summer Activities to Stimulate Your Brain!

Your brain is one of your most vital organs and just like the rest of your body, it needs to be taken care of. Challenging yourself will help keep your brain healthy as you age, so try some of these summer activities to help keep your brain stimulated!

  • Enjoy the outdoors and create your own bird feeder!
    Did you know that learning about bird behaviours and habits is mentally stimulating and helps slow cognitive decline? Making feeders and watching birds helps stimulate your brain and your senses!

    This DIY project will bring the birds to you, so you can do some bird watching in the comfort of outside or inside your own home! For tips on how to make your own bird feeder, click here.
  • Paint a picture with water colours!
    Painting is a great way to stimulate your brain as it helps you use your creativity and stimulates different muscles and connections through your movement.

    So get some water colours, paper, and some brushes to make for a fun, creative day! If you can, try to go outside and choose your favourite tree or flower to paint. When you're finished, don't forget to put it on display!

Ways You Can Stay Active at Home

It's important to keep your body and brain active, especially during times such as these. Try staying active at home by doing the below activities!

  • Dancing
    Dancing is a fun activity that will get you moving to the groove of your favourite music. It can be done standing or seated, but the important thing is to have fun and get active!
  • Gentle Exercise Videos
    The Eldergym Senior Fitness YouTube channel has many short videos with gentle, at-home exercise routines that are sure to get your endorphins fired up! Check them out here.

Canada Revenue Agency Webinar on Tax and Benefit Information for Seniors

When: Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

You’re invited to join us on Wednesday, August 5, for a special webinar on tax and benefit information, including COVID-19 measures and emergency benefits.

A Canada Revenue Agency Outreach Officer will discuss the following topics during the webinar:

  • Doing your taxes on time
  • Common types of income
  • The GST/HST credit
  • Common tax credits
  • COVID-19 measures and emergency benefits
  • Services and tools
  • Scam awareness
  • Community volunteer income tax program

The CRA Outreach program is designed to ensure that Canada’s vulnerable populations receive the benefits and credits they are entitled to. Using a client-centric approach, the objective is to make tax and benefit information more accessible for all Canadians as well as to help raise awareness and educate people on the benefits and credits to which they are entitled.

Click here to sign up. Spaces are limited.

A link to access the webinar will be emailed to you closer to the date.

Online Programs and Workshops

Updates in Alzheimer’s Disease Research


When: Friday, August 28, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

This webinar will review major milestones in Alzheimer's Disease and summarize trends in ongoing research happening worldwide.

To register, please click here.

Finding Your Way - ONLINE

Finding Your Way Online

When: Monday, August 31, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This workshop discusses ways to reduce the risk of people with dementia from going missing and how to respond to a missing incident as a care partner, professional, or a community member.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand some of the reasons why people with dementia may go missing
  • Identify what to look for and how to help someone who is lost and confused
  • Review resources available to prepare for and prevent a missing incident

Workshop will be presented online by Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate.

To register, please click here.

Respite Recreation Hour

Respite Recreation Hour

When: Every Monday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Our friends at Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region invite you to a Respite Recreation Hour!

AS Niagara invites everyone across Ontario to take part in a virtual variety show! Every Monday at 11:00 AM we will present fun and engaging activities such as:

  • Trivia
  • Word puzzles
  • Games
  • Reminiscent stories
  • And much more!

Click here to register!

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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