Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

February 2021 - Issue 2

Connections That Matter

Hello, Friend!

We hope this newsletter finds you well. 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. Are you ready for The Quest?!
  2. Honouring Black History Month
  3. Workshops and Webinars for Caregivers
  4. Tax Season is Upon Us! Are You Prepared?
  5. Register for the ASRP Exchange Presentation with Dr. Fernanda de Felice
  6. Online Programs & Workshops
  7. Research Study: Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise
  8. Survey: Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan

Are you ready for The Quest?!

Calling all Heroes

From February 1 to 27, we have called on people like you to join us in supporting over 240,000 people living with dementia across Ontario and the programs and services they rely on by becoming a Hero.

When you register to become a Hero in The Quest, you accept a 4-week journey where you will explore the 4 pillars of Mind, Body, Spirit, and Care that will strengthen your knowledge of dementia care, teach you how you can help people living with dementia now and in the future, and guide your fundraising initiatives—but beware. Throughout your Quest, you may encounter some bumps along the way.

To progress further in your journey, you must do the following:

  • Meet and/or exceed your fundraising goal.
  • Collect all the Quest badges.
  • Complete all the different challenges.

Do you want to become a Hero and fundraise to help support the programs and services people living with dementia, caregivers, and their families need? If so, register here.

Honouring Black History Month

Based on information collected from the US & UK, did you know that dementia impacts Black communities at higher rates with some studies showing they are two times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?

This Black History Month, we honour the members of the Black, Coloured, and African American communities who may be living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

To learn more about the work we’re doing in regards to race and dementia in Canada, please click here.

Workshops and Webinars for Caregivers

Family Dynamics and Dementia


When: Tuesday, February 9, from 10 AM to 12 PM

This workshop is for care partners of individuals living with dementia. The focus of the session will be on exploring significant sources of conflict for families dealing with dementia and strategies for assisting families, building on strengths and resilience.

Register here!

Understanding Behaviors and Supportive Communication


When: Tuesday, February 23, from 10 AM to 12 PM

This workshop provides an overview of behaviours in dementia and communicating in a supportive manner. It will focus on providing participants with the knowledge of how behaviours and communication can change over the course of the disease and ways to supportively communicate with a person living with dementia.

Register here!

Safely at Home Webinar


When: Thursday, February 25, from 12 PM to 1 PM

In this webinar, learn how to improve home safety by learning strategies to help promote a safer living environment for the person with dementia.

Register here.

Tax Season is Upon Us! Are You Prepared?

It’s that time of year again—tax season. Whether you love it or hate it, the best thing to do is be prepared—especially if you’re a caregiver living in Ontario! You may even be eligible to receive tax credits.

Not sure what information you’ll need? Check out our blog series on everything a caregiver should know before doing their taxes!

Part 1: What’s the difference between a tax credit and a tax deduction?
Part 2: The Canada Caregiver Credit
Part 3: Your caregiver tax questions, answered

Register for the ASRP Exchange Presentation with Dr. Fernanda de Felice


On February 19 at 12:00 PM, join Dr. Fernanda De Felice for her webinar, Exercise hormones in Alzheimer’s disease: A novel therapeutic approach, as she discusses her findings about exercise hormones in Alzheimer’s disease!

Through the ASRP, Fernanda received a Biomedical Grant to study irisin, a hormone boosted by physical exercise that has effects on disrupted synapses and memory in Alzheimer’s disease models.

To register for this presentation, please click here.

Online Programs & Workshops

Gentle Fitness Non-Impact Aerobics


When: Tuesday, February 2, 9, 16, & 23, from 10 AM to 11 AM

Join us for a 1-hour online session of Gentle Non-Impact Aerobics (NIA) Fitness with Jennifer online. This program 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.

Register here.

Collage: Painting with Paper


When: Saturdays & Sundays, starting February 13, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Participants will explore ways of picture-making using coloured, painted, and printed papers as their medium. Themes will include images from the natural world, symmetrical designs, mosaics, paper weaving and more.

Each week, instructor Helen McCusker will present a slideshow of images for inspiration, a demonstration of methods and techniques, and reference photos/images as a jumping off point for each project. Participants will work with simple tools: scissors, paper, and glue sticks. Pencils and paint markers will be used for transferring designs and embellishment. Participants will be mailed art supply materials for this course.

Individual creativity is encouraged and supported. This class is appropriate for learners at all levels. This program is in partnership with Neilson Park Creative Centre and funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program.

Click here to register.

Knitting and Friendship


When: Sundays, starting on February 14, from 1 PM to 3 PM

Bring your needles and yarn and join fellow knitters as they work on their latest creations and share an appreciation for fibre art amongst an inclusive and friendly group!

Facilitator, Dawn Juruc will encourage participants to “show and tell” the work they are completing! Participants are asked to bring their own knitting materials and work on their current knitting creations.

This program is in partnership with Neilson Park Creative Centre and funded by the Ontario Seniors Community Grant Program.

Click here to register.

Research Study: Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise

Research Study

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are looking for people living with dementia and care partners to participate in a research study called the Dementia-Inclusive Choices for Exercise (DICE) project.

This project will examine the usability and benefits of two handouts, one that summarizes the benefits and recommendations for physical activity and a wallet card.

Anyone who is living with dementia, a care partner, or family member is eligible to this study. You will participate in two meetings over the phone or Internet, review both resources, and then be invited for a follow-up interview. With permission, the interviews will be audio-recorded so all the information shared is with the researchers.

Participants will be given remuneration of $25 for completing this study.

If you have any questions about this study, or would like additional information to assist you in reaching a decision regarding the distribution of a recruitment poster in your organization, please feel free to contact Melissa Koch at or Dr. Laura Middleton at

Survey: Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan

As a first step towards the first-ever federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan, Minister Bardish Chagger announced the launch of the LGBTQ2 survey. This survey will help the Government of Canada better understand the daily realities and experiences of LGBTQ2 people in Canada in areas such as employment, healthcare, housing and homelessness, and safety.

Who can participate?
Anyone in Canada aged 16 or older who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender, intersex, queer and/or Two-Spirit are encouraged to complete the survey online, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ2 community, but use different terms or concepts to refer to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression.

The survey is available until February 28, 2021 and takes about 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Please click here to participate in the survey.

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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