Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Toronto

August 2021 - Issue 8

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 write@alz.to. 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 416-322-6560.

We also invite you to keep checking the online portal 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 in Toronto? Local social recreation programs, events, webinars, and more!
  2. Thank you, Toronto Memory Program!
  3. You could win over $4,000 with Catch the Ace!
  4. Purchase your ticket to Humanity in Music - A Nationwide Virtual Fundraising Music Event
  5. Summer Activities to Stimulate Your Brain!
  6. Join us for the August Tuesday Lecture Summer Series!

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

Webinar: Long-Distance Caregiving

Webinar Long Distance

When: Monday, August 9 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Explore some of the unique challenges and issues that can arise when caring from a distance, as well as identify the different ways caregivers can provide support and be involved in the person’s life.

Register for the webinar here.

Zoom Workshop: Coping with Death and Grief for Care Partners

Grief Workshop

When: Monday, August 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Losing someone who had dementia can be a unique and complex experience for those who cared for them. This presentation will explore these issues, identify various approaches to grief, and suggest ways for care partners to cope with loss.

Register for this workshop here.

Webinar: Dementia Research Study Information

Research Study

When: September 14 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Join us for an informative webinar to learn more about a research study available on a dementia-related topic. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Research Study Topic: How do people living with dementia and/or mild cognitive impairment handle self-driving cars?

For more information on the study, visit the Toronto Dementia Network here. If you would like to register for this webinar, click here.

This webinar is presented in partnership with the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance.

Virtual Art Talks with the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

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When: Monthly on Tuesdays - August 17 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The AGO is offering engaging, small group virtual art talks helping to explore their collection through conversation, exchanging ideas and observations about the selected artworks.

This is a one-hour virtual art talk hosted on Zoom. The program is designed for people living with dementia and their caregivers. The art talk is facilitated by an experienced AGO Art Educator and is supported by Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s volunteers.

Register for the event here.

Boomers Club

Support Group

When: Wednesdays - August 11 & 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 PM

The Boomers Club focuses on wellness for people with Early Onset Dementia 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.

  • Register for the August 11 session here.

  • Register for the August 25 session here.

Non-Impact Aerobics


When: August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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.

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

Click here to register.

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 - AUGUST 9, 16, 23 and 30

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

WEDNESDAYS - AUGUST 4, 11, 18 and 25

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

FRIDAYS - AUGUST 6, 13, 20 and 27


  • August 6, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Seated Fitness with Dawn

  • August 13, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Zumba with Dawn

  • August 20, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Art with Melodie *Connect with Chantel at ccosta@schcontario.ca to receive art supplies for this session.

  • August 27, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM - Laughter Yoga with Cathy


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

*Please note there will be no programming on August 2 as it is the Civic Holiday.

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

Thank you, Toronto Memory Program!

Toronto Memory Program Team

This month, we want to recognize the Toronto Memory Program (TMP) for their continuous support of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.

TMP is an internationally recognized world class memory clinic and clinical trial program located in North York and available to the residents of Ontario. Their mission has always been to provide timely diagnosis, expert care, and practical information for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Reducing myth and stigma, providing multidisciplinary medical services, and facilitating the development of new treatments have been their longstanding goals.

The clinic is covered by OHIP, and our research program is funded through research grants. There are no direct costs to our patients.

Individuals can connect with the Toronto Memory Program by physician referral to the memory clinic or by contacting the research team directly at 416-386-9606 or research@memorydisorders.ca. Additional information is available at www.torontomemoryprogram.com.

You could win over $4,000 with Catch the Ace!


The Jackpot is now over $4,000 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 BIG 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.

Purchase your ticket to Humanity in Music - A Nationwide Virtual Fundraising Music Event

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.


Summer Activities to Stimulate Your Brain!

Your brain is one of your most vital organs and just like the rest of your body, it needs to be taken care of. Challenging yourself will help keep your brain healthy as you age, so try some of these summer activities to help keep your brain stimulated!

  • Enjoy the outdoors and create your own bird feeder!
  • Did you know that learning about bird behaviours and habits is mentally stimulating and helps slow cognitive decline? Making feeders and watching birds helps stimulate your brain and your senses!

    This DIY project will bring the birds to you, so you can do some bird watching in the comfort of outside or inside your own home! For tips on how to make your own bird feeder, click here.

  • Paint a picture with water colours!
  • Painting is a great way to stimulate your brain as it helps you use your creativity and stimulates different muscles and connections through your movement.

    So get some water colours, paper, and some brushes to make for a fun, creative day! If you can, try to go outside and choose your favourite tree or flower to paint. When you're finished, don't forget to put it on display.

Join us for the Tuesday Lecture Summer Series!

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

Starting on August 3, you can join the Alzheimer Society of BHNHH and attend the following lectures. . .

  • Driving and Dementia - Points to Consider
  • When: Tuesday, August 3, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Receiving a dementia diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing for everyone involved. Driving may be one discussion point that can be difficult for families to broach. In this lecture, we’ll review how dementia impacts driving skills and tools that families can use to have this discussion.

    Register for this lecture here.

  • An overview of Lewy body dementia
  • When: Tuesday, August 17, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    In this session, we’ll discuss Lewy body dementia. This class is designed for family, friends, and professionals to learn more about Lewy body dementia, and we will discuss what it is, the symptoms, how a diagnosis is made, medications, and more.

    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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