Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Toronto

July 2021 - Issue 7

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? Local social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  2. You could win over $XX.XX with Catch the Ace!
  3. Get your tickets to Humanity in Music - A Nationwide Virtual Fundraising Music Festival!
  4. The different types of dementia: Lewy body dementia
  5. Join us for the Tuesday Lecture Summer Series!

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

Garden Wellness Café

When: Biweekly from July 7 to September 15 from 10 AM to 11 AM

From the comfort of your home, you’ll have the chance to meet others in a fun and supportive environment and be transported to a beautiful outdoor setting. Join our facilitator Emma Rooney as we grow our own salad, create floating gardens, learn about Toronto birds, care for house plants, and more!

We’ll start each week by awakening our senses through gentle seated movements to get our bodies warmed up. Then, we’ll introduce the week’s theme through poetry, art, and a short photo slideshow. We’ll also engage in a group chat and demonstrate weekly hands-on activities you can try at home.

Participants will be mailed program materials.

Register for Garden Wellness Café here

Non-Impact Aerobics

When: TUESDAYS - July 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 10 AM to 11 AM

Join our friends at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto 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.

Over the summer, this program is offered 1x weekly, on Tuesdays.

Click here to register.

Boomers Club

Support Group

When: July 14 & 28 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.

Join the facilitator, Heather from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM on. . .

  • Wednesday, July 14 to participate in a fun evening filled with games and chats, lead by our very own Boomers Club volunteer, Molly!
  • Register here.

  • Wednesday, July 28 to virtually visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) Highlights. The ROM has over 13 million objects in its encyclopedic collections; objects collected over more than a century from all over Canada and around the world. This program with ROM volunteers is an exploration of 4 or 5 objects from collections which cover the history, both natural and cultural, of our planet. This program includes audio description, sensory activities, and a Q&A component.
  • Register here.

The Active Minds Club

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The Active Minds Club offers an inclusive space online for recreation, cognitive, and social stimulation, while extending respite opportunities for caregivers. This program is intended for persons living with young onset dementia, early stages of dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Join us throughout the month for a variety of programs! These programs will be held on Zoom.

MONDAYS - JULY 5, 12, 19 and 26

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

WEDNESDAYS - JULY 7, 14, 21 and 28

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

FRIDAYS - July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

  • July 2, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Laughter Yoga with Cathy
  • July 9, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Music with James
  • July 16, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Art with Melodie
  • July 28, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Music with Emilio - *Connect with Chantel at ccosta@schcontario.ca to receive art supplies for this session.
  • July 30, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Non-Impact Aerobics (NIA) with Jennifer


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

These programs will be held on Zoom.

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

You could win over $XX.XX with Catch the Ace!


The Jackpot is now over $XX.XX and the Ace of Spades is still hiding! This could be the week YOU find the Ace and win it all—but you only get the chance if you have a ticket.

Ticket sales start at only $10 for a chance to win $XX.XX if you catch the Ace! And even if you don’t catch the Ace and your card is pulled, you’ll win 20% of the Jackpot!

50% of all ticket sales are going to support the Alzheimer Society, so visit catchtheace4alz.ca to buy your tickets and pick an envelope today!

The deadline to purchase your tickets is 6 PM every Thursday before the draw at 6:30 PM.

Get your tickets to Humanity in Music - A Nationwide Virtual Fundraising Music Festival!

This World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21 at 6:00 PM, Humanity in Music will commemorate those living with dementia, their caregivers, their families, and their journey with a special online concert featuring Canadian music and artists!

Every ticket that is sold will help raise awareness and support for your local Alzheimer Society and benefit those who are impacted by dementia across Canada.

Purchase a ticket for yourself and invite your friends, co-workers, loved ones, and more, to join in on what will be a beautiful concert experience in support of a great cause! When you purchase a ticket, you will also receive a free download of Jasmin Uglow’s song, Remember Me—a Jazz and blues song that tells the story of Alzheimer’s and dementia from a musician and caregiver’s perspective.

All ticket proceeds will support your local Alzheimer Society.


The different types of dementia: Lewy body dementia

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, but did you know that there are many different types? Lewy body dementia, also known as Lewy body disease, is another form of dementia that is currently irreversible.

What is Lewy body dementia?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a form of dementia that is characterized by abnormal deposits of protein called alpha-synuclein that forms inside the brain’s nerve cells. These protein deposits, or Lewy bodies, affect the areas of the brain that involve thinking and movement. Dementia with Lewy bodies can also occur in the same person alongside Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. When this happens, it is known as mixed dementia.

Regardless of the type of dementia that may impact you, the Alzheimer Society is here to offer the support and resources you need. Read more about Lewy body dementia, the symptoms, diagnosis, potential treatment options, and other resources here.

Join us for theTuesday Lecture Summer Series!

This summer, the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton (BHNHH) is hosting a Tuesday Lecture Summer Series.

Starting on July 20, you can join the Alzheimer Society of BHNHH and attend the following lectures. . .

  • An overview of Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • When: Tuesday, July 20, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Join us to learn about Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a relatively new term used to describe changes in the brain that lead to difficulties with thinking skills that are greater than expected for a person’s age and education level but are lesser than those seen in dementia.

    Register for this lecture here.

  • Understanding “Sundowning”
  • When: Tuesday, July 27, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    In this session, we’ll discuss the changed behaviours that people living with dementia often experience late in the day. This lecture will identify possible reasons for these changed behaviours and explore strategies for responding to and managing these changes.

    Register for this lecture 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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