Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

September 2020 - Issue 18

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. #GoBlueForAlz this World Alzheimer’s Day!
  2. Join the Alzheimer Society of Ontario for our very first Social with a Purpose - Trivia Edition!
  3. Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Drive-In Movie Night
  4. CanAge Conversation Series
  5. Education Event: ‘Nothing About us Without Us Creating the First Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia’
  6. Alzheimer Society Online Programs, Workshops & Webinars
  7. University of Toronto Research Survey: Understanding the Consequences of Unpaid Caregiving

#GoBlueForAlz this World Alzheimer’s Day!

Go Blue For Alz

September marks the beginning of World Alzheimer’s Month! To show your support leading up to World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 and all month long, join us, and many other organizations and communities, to help raise awareness for people living with dementia.

We’re encouraging people like YOU to #GoBlueForAlz leading up to World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21. How can you participate? It's simple! Wear something blue, make a difference by hosting a Social with a Purpose and fundraising to support people living with dementia and crucial social recreation programs, or share with us on social media using #GoBlueForAlz to show your support!

You may even see some memorable landmarks #GoBlueForAlz in support of World Alzheimer’s Day! Some landmarks that will #GoBlueForAlz include:

  • The CN Tower
    On September 21, look at the Toronto skyline to watch the beautiful night light show that will be displayed as the CN Tower shows their support and raises awareness for people living with dementia, their care partners and families. You can also watch the CN Tower #GoBlueForAlz LIVE online here.
  • The Toronto Sign
    On September 21, the Toronto Sign located at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto will also #GoBlueForAlz! If you happen to be in the area, make sure to take some photos and share them on social media using the hashtag #GoBlueForAlz and tag us!
  • Niagara Falls
    While you may not be able to go see the Falls light up in person, you can watch the light show LIVE from the comfort of your own home. On September 20 at 10 PM, settle in and watch the Falls glow here.

    *Please note that the Niagara Falls Illumination Board, along with the Alzheimer Society, requests that all physical visitors to Niagara Falls and the park follow all public health guidelines.
  • And more!

Thank you for helping us raise awareness during World Alzheimer's Month and on World Alzheimer's Day.

Join the Alzheimer Society of Ontario for our very first Social with a Purpose - Trivia Edition!

Social with a Purpose - Trivia Edition

To kick off our Social with a Purpose campaign, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is hosting our very first Social with a Purpose - Trivia Edition!

Join us on September 22 & 29 at 6:30 PM for an evening filled with brain teasing trivia questions from all your favourite categories like movies, general knowledge, music & flags! You can put together a team at home or compete against your friends.

Event Details:

  • September 22 at 6:30 PM: Movie and General Knowledge
  • September 29 at 6.30 PM: Music and Flags

Register today!

Can’t attend but still want to support? Click here to donate. Your donation will help us continue to provide virtual social and recreational programming which helps alleviate the feelings of loneliness and isolation felt by people living with dementia and their care partners.

About Social with a Purpose

Social with a Purpose (formerly known as Coffee Break), is our NEW DIY fundraiser. Use Social with a Purpose as an excuse to get together and connect with your friends, family, and community members! From online card games, spicing up your Zoom meetings with a game of BINGO, or creating your own way to virtually get together, you can support people living with dementia by turning your virtual social gathering into a fundraiser!

To find out more about how to register your Social with a Purpose or check out our downloadable event kits, please click here!

Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s
Drive-In Movie Night

Drive-In Movie Night

On Thursday, September 3, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County and the Starlite Drive-In Movie Theatre look forward to presenting Walk the Line, the story of Johnny Cash, on the big screen for you!

There are limited tickets available for only $10 per car. Concessions and washrooms will be open, or you may choose to pack your own snacks to enjoy.

Purchase your advance tickets today! Service fees apply.


For more information, contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County 519-482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email

CanAge Conversations Series

CanAge ConversationsSeries

CanAge Conversations #1 with Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, debuted on July 28 with a vital live webinar, "Setting the Stage for Advocacy in Long-Term Care and Beyond for People With Dementia", the first in a series of Advocacy focused sessions.

Cathy Barrick, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and CanAge Fellow, joined a panel of industry experts to discuss issues of advocacy.

You can watch the recording of the event here.

To learn more about CanAge, visit

Education Event: Nothing About us Without Us
Creating the First Canadian Charter of Rights
for People with Dementia

Education Event

Join us on Friday, September 25 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM as the University Health Network Memory Clinic, Alzheimer Society of Canada, and Alzheimer Society of Toronto present, ‘Nothing About us Without Us: Creating the First Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia’.

This event will:

  • Discuss the importance of a rights-based approach to dementia
  • Discuss the first Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia and discuss ideas for how to use it
  • Provide an overview of programs and services provided by the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

Speaking at this event will be Roger Marple, ASC Advisory Group Co-Chair, Riley Malvern, Alzheimer Society of Canada, and Shrid Dhungel, Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

To sign up, please click here.

Alzheimer Society Online Programs,
Workshops & Webinars

Program: Get Your Groove On

Education Event

When: Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join Jennifer as she leads you through an exciting gentle fitness virtual class! Take part in rhythmic exercises that stimulate circulation and improves mental and physical health all from the comfort of our chairs.

Click here to join us!

Workshop: Transitions in Dementia Care: Moving to a Long-Term Care Home

Workshop Event

When: Friday, September 11, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The goal of this workshop is to provide information and support to care partners who are making the decision to move to a long-term care home and how that decision could have an impact on them, and ways to cope with the transition.

This online workshop is for family care partners related to a person living with dementia.

Learning Objectives

  • Review and discuss the dilemma of making the decision
  • Learn about possible issues and decisions related to long-term care placement and caregiving options
  • Learn strategies to prepare for the move into LTC
  • Learn about community services and supports

Workshop is presented online using Zoom. Once registered you will receive a link to participate in the workshop.

Click here to sign up.

Webinar: Care Partner Stress and Building Resilience

Webinar Event

When: Tuesday, September 8, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Explore types of coping strategies, increase awareness of the importance of self-care and learn about supportive services.

This webinar is geared towards family care partners related to a person living with dementia.

To register, please visit the online learning site at

Webinar: Supporting Communication

ALZ Educate

When: Monday, September 28, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

This webinar will focus on providing participants the knowledge of how communication can change over the course of the disease and ways to supportively communicate with a person living with dementia.

This webinar will:

  • Increase your understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

  • Recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has on communication
  • Develop strategies to improve communication
  • Use your computer and Internet connection to participate in a live presentation.

To register, please visit the online learning site at

University of Toronto Survey: Out-of-Pocket Costs and Consequences of Unpaid Caregiving in Ontario

University of Toronto

You’re invited to participate in a research survey on the consequences of unpaid caregiving. The survey is organized by the Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

The purpose of this survey is to understand the out-of-pocket costs of unpaid caregiving, and the related consequences on caregiver income, employment/productivity, and health. Out-of-pocket costs are care-related expenses that are not reimbursed (or paid) by any private insurance plans or covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). This survey also seeks to understand how COVID-19 has impacted caregiving expenses, income, employment, and health.

Participants will be asked general questions about their income sources and rough estimates of care expenses from the past three (3) months. Given the potentially sensitive subject matter, all questions are optional.

Participants will benefit in knowing that findings from this survey will be published and publicly available. Results could be used by researchers and public policymakers to inform policies to protect unpaid caregivers from any financial risks of caring.

To be eligible to participate, you must:

  • Be an unpaid caregiver providing home care/support on a fully voluntary basis for one or more individuals (e.g. family members, friends or neighbours) with a long-term (over 3 months) physical and/or mental health condition or age-related decline.
  • Be living in Ontario
  • Be 16 years of age or older

To learn more, or sign up to take part in the survey, please click 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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