Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Toronto

May 2021 - Issue 5

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 416-322-6560.

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. What’s happening across Toronto? Provincial social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  2. Get ready for the 2021 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s
  3. Celebrate National Women’s Health Week
  4. Stay Updated & Follow us on Social Media

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

Therapeutic Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga

When: Wednesdays - May 12, 19, 26 & June 2, 9,16 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

In this Therapeutic Chair Yoga 6-week series, participants will be guided through gentle chair yoga and learn mindfulness practices to enhance health and wellbeing. Discover simple tools that can improve mood and cognition, decrease stress, improve sleep, and increase energy, balance, and strength.

This program is designed for people experiencing symptoms of dementia, mild cognitive impairment and for those living with dementia.

Facilitator: Ingrid Wirsig is a Program Coordinator at the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team and a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). She is an experienced yoga teacher with a special interest in therapeutic yoga for seniors and mental health.

Click here to register.

Knitting, Crocheting and Friendship

When: Sundays - May 2 and 9 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.

Non-Impact Aerobics

When: Tuesdays - May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM & Thursdays - May 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Join us for Non-Impact Aerobics (NIA) online with Jennifer! Non-Impact Aerobics 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.

This program is offered 2x weekly, on Tuesdays (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM) and Thursdays (11:00 AM 12:00 PM). Please sign up for your days of choice.

  • Click here to register for Tuesdays.
  • Click here to register for Thursdays.

Dancing with Parkinson’s

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When: Wednesdays - May 5, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

In collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, Dancing with Parkinson’s (DWP) hosts specifically curated dance classes for people living with dementia, care partners and families.

This is an engaging, enjoyable and safe weekly dance session on Zoom that is inclusive, accessible and beneficial physically, cognitively and emotionally for all participants.

These classes will be brought to life with concepts of imagery, storytelling, improvisation, mirroring, and repetition with familiar and enjoyable music selections. All classes will be unique and different from one another, but will hold the themes of togetherness, community, and connection at the helm.

All levels of mobility and ability are welcome, and no dance experience is required to take part. Dance with us to get moving, stay connected and engaged while making new friends along the way!

Click here to register.

Boomers Club

Support Group

When: Wednesdays - May 12 and 26, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

The Boomers Club focuses on wellness for people with Young-Onset Dementias (under age 65) and their care partners. In this online series, we will be creating informal connections among people who are on the same journey while engaging in a variety of recreational activities including art, games, exercise, food, social chats and more. The program is flexible and can be modified based on the needs and interests of the group participants. Please join our facilitator, Heather!

Register here.

The Active Minds Club

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When: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!

The Active Minds Club caters to individuals living with Young-Onset Dementia (under the age of 65). Join in a variety of online recreational activities and social simulation, giving an opportunity for caregivers to enjoy some much-needed respite. See below for what is coming up in the Active Minds Club this April! Each program is run online through Zoom. Once registered, you will receive the link to participate.

MONDAYS - May 3, 10, 17 and 31


  • 10:30 AM to 11:30 PM - Mindfulness and Meditation


  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Music Therapy with Dave

WEDNESDAYS - May 5, 12, 19 and 26

  • 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM - Music and History of Songs with Dorothy

FRIDAYS - May 7, 14, 21 and 28


  • Every Friday, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Games and Chats with Chantel
  • A May 7, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Laughter Yoga with Cathy
  • May 14, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Music with Emilio
  • May 21, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Fitness with Toronto Pan Am Centre
  • May 28, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Art with Melodie *Connect with Chantel at ccosta@schcontario.ca to receive art supplies for this session.


  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Games and Chats with Chantel

Please note that there will be no programming on the following date: Victoria Day, Monday, May 24, 2021.

Click here to register for the dates of your choice to participate in the virtual Active Minds Club.

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

From May 9 to 15, celebrate National Women’s Health Week by making your physical and mental health a priority, especially during COVID-19. Here are some ways that you can protect your health and take care of yourself!

Get recommended screenings and preventive care

Protect your health by getting the care you need through regular check-ups. During COVID-19, some health services are now being done online or by phone. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out what screenings and exams you may need and when.

Prioritize mental health

Keep your mind and body healthy. It may be tough to maintain healthy behaviours and manage stress during COVID-19, but there are some steps you can take to cope with stress by taking care of your body, taking a break from listening to news stories, connecting with others, and recognizing when you may need more help.

Stay Updated & Follow us on Social Media

Find out about the latest programs, helpful tips & tricks, and more by following us on our social media pages!

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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