Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Ontario

April 2021 - Issue 4

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. Alzheimer Society of Ontario Achieves CCA Accreditation
  2. What’s happening across Ontario? Provincial social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  3. Thank you, volunteers!
  4. Be a Superhero this National Superhero Day!
  5. Download our Tax Credit Guide for Ontarians Living with Dementia & Care Partners!
  6. Details about COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
  7. Participate in Research Studies Conducted by the University of Waterloo!

Alzheimer Society of Ontario Achieves CCA Accreditation


The Quest

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a four-year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation (CCA). We are so proud to be accredited by the CCA which offers a third-party review process that is tailored to community-based organizations.

The hard work, professionalism, and dedication of our staff and Board of Directors are clearly reflected in this significant achievement.


What’s happening in Ontario? Provincial social recreation programs, webinars, and more!

Classical and Folk Music Online Spring Concert

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When: Sunday, April 11, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join us for a special, online Spring Concert featuring award-winning musicians, violinist Luanne Homzy and guitarist Tommy Davy. Together, they will perform a program featuring a mix of folk and classical music. This concert will be held on Zoom.

Click here to register to experience this beautiful concert!

A special thank you to our partnership with Xenia Concerts and the George C. Hunt Family Foundation for sponsoring this event.


Knitting and Friendship

Knitting

When: SUNDAYS - April 4, 11, 18, and 25, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Bring your needles, hooks and yarn and join like-minded individuals 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 and crocheting materials and work on their current creations while making new friends.

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

Register here.


Webinar: Supportive Communication

Support Group

When: Monday, April 19, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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

Register here.


Workshop: Unpacking Denial in Dementia

Support Group

When: Tuesday, April 27, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This session will explore the concept of denial and anosognosia, how it impacts people living with dementia and their care partners, and strategies for assisting families.

During this workshop, you will:

  • Explore the concept of denial and anosognosia
  • Identify how denial impacts persons with dementia and their care partners
  • Explore behaviours and strategies for responding
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

This workshop is for care partners of a person living with dementia.

Register here.


Thank you, volunteers!

Thousands of people, both young and old, have volunteered their time, their skills, and their compassion to perform awe-inspiring acts of kindness in support of their families, friends, neighbours, and even strangers throughout this past year.

This National Volunteer Week (April 18 to 24), we want to thank volunteers for coming together in any way that you could to work together with your community to help and support people living with dementia and their care partners in any that you could. Thank you!


Be a Superhero this National Superhero Day!


 Be a Hero

Be a Superhero by completing your Will and Powers of Attorney this National Superhero Day (April 28)!

Did you know by including a charitable gift to the Alzheimer Society in your Will and Powers of Attorney, you can:

  • Protect those you care about
  • Protect your hard-earned assets
  • Gain peace of mind
  • Save tax (Who doesn’t want to save tax?)
  • Help save the world from the dark shadow of dementia!

With dementia on the rise, it is staggering that:

  • Over 70% of Canadians do not have Powers of Attorney for Care and Property
  • Over 50% of Canadians do not have a Will
  • Only around 15% of those who do have a Will leave a charitable gift in their estate plans—despite this being an excellent way to save tax.

You have the power to act now! Defeat the dark shadow of dementia by becoming a Superhero this National Superhero Day and completing your Will and Powers of Attorney.

Click here to download our free Superhero Will Planner & Guide. For more information and resources for completing your Will and Power of Attorneys, click here .


Download our Tax Credit Guide for Ontarians Living with Dementia & Care Partners!

It’s that time of the year again to start preparing for tax season. It is important to file an income tax return to apply for and receive benefits and credits you are entitled to.

To help you with filing your taxes, we have put together a Tax Credit Guide for Ontarians Living with Dementia and their Care Partners filled with useful tips to get ready, key dates, and more.

Download your copy of the Tax Credit Guide for Ontarians Living with Dementia & Care Partners here.


Details about COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility


Covid-19

Age and underlying health conditions are among the greatest factors associated with increased risk complications from COVID-19, making people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias more likely to have these risk factors. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to be protected against COVID-19, reduce its impact, and prevent further spread.

As of Wednesday, March 10, select pharmacies across Ontario began offering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Ontarians between the ages of 60 and 64 (at the day of vaccination or if you will be 60 to 64 in 2021). To find a participating pharmacy near you, click here and input your postal code. Once you’ve found a pharmacy near you, you must call them to book an appointment.

Please note that COVID-19 vaccinations are by appointment only and individuals are encouraged to pre-register at one clinic or pharmacy only. There are no walk-in clinics available at this time.

Stay updated on the latest information regarding COVID-19 vaccines by clicking here.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination rollout and how it affects people living with dementia and their care partners, please click here.


Participate in Research Studies Conducted by the University of Waterloo!

Research Study: Perceptions of the Caregiving Role Among Young-Onset Dementia Adult Child Caregivers

Do you have a parent with young-onset dementia? Are you aged 18 or older? Have you had a caregiving experience within the past 2 years? If so, researchers at the University of Waterloo are conducting a study to better understand the perceptions of adult children who have a parent with young-onset dementia.

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating, the University of Waterloo is asking you to share your caregiving experience in an online/telephone interview that will be 45 - 60 minutes long.

If you would like to learn more about the study or participate, please contact Camryn Berry at the University of Waterloo c3berry@uwaterloo.ca or call (519)-503-2245).

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Exploring the male perspective: The experiences of male spouses of wives who have dementia

The University of Waterloo is looking for male volunteers ages 60+ whose spouse is living with dementia and in the community (in a home, condo, apartment or retirement setting together) to participate in the research project on the male experience of this journey.

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to share your experience in an interview that will take approximately 40-60 minutes through the telephone or online. The questions will be open-ended and will focus on your experiences with your wife’s dementia, how you provide support, and how it has influenced you.

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please contact Michaella Miller, Student Investigator at 519-580-6769 or email m29mille@uwaterloo.ca.

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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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