Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Perth County

December 2021 - Issue 12

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 519-271-1910.

We also invite you to keep checking the online calendar 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 Perth County?
  2. What’s happening across Ontario? Provincial social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  3. Give Local this Holiday Season
  4. What does kindness mean to you? Find out during the Quest for Kindness!
  5. Tips for Care Partners: Managing Holiday Stress
  6. Survey: Improving Homecare for People living with Dementia in Ontario
  7. Survey: Potential Impact of the Drug Aducanumab
  8. Happy Holidays from the Alzheimer Society!

What's happening in Perth County?

The Soup's On Trail is back for 2022!

Join us as we taste the delicious soups created by our famous chefs in the Stratford City Centre. Stay tuned here for more details on the trail, what's new this year — Soup’s On house parties and the online silent auction from January 7-15!

Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver support groups are an opportunity to connect with other caregivers, enhance your understanding of dementia, and develop practical strategies for supporting a person living with dementia. Groups are ongoing and are currently being offered via Zoom using both telephone and online access. Current & New Registered Caregivers are welcome.

Registration is required by contacting the group facilitator as noted below. If you have any questions about attending a Caregiver Support Group, please contact the group facilitator or your assigned First Link Counsellor at 519-271-1910 or 1-888-797-1882.

Tuesday, December 7 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Register with Shannon at ext. 29 or sluke@alzheimerperthcounty.com

Wednesday, December 12 from 10:00 - 11:30 am
Theme: “Preparing for the Holidays”
Register with Christy at ext. 21 or cbannerman@alzheimerperthcounty.com

Tuesday, December 14 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Register with Jaclyn at ext. 28 or jturpin@alzheimerperthcounty.com

Tuesday, December 21 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Register with Shelley at ext. 26 or sobermayer@alzheimerperthcounty.com

Education Hour

Join us for this ongoing education program, suitable for care partners as well as people living with dementia. For one hour at a time, we will explore different topics of interest in-depth:

Please pre-register for each session individually by clicking the links below:

Date: Thursday, December 9th 12:00 - 1:00pm

Topic: What is MCI?


Thursday January 13th 12:00 - 1:00pm

Topic: Brain Health and Happiness


Thursday January 27th 12:00 - 1:00pm

Topic: Dementia 101


Upcoming Education Programs

Taking Control of Our Lives

Taking Control of Our Lives is a nine (9) week group education program focussed on empowering and supporting people recently diagnosed with dementia and their loved one. Focus is on the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to play an active role in living well with dementia. Will begin the 2nd week of January. The group will be run in-person and involves break out groups of those with a diagnosis and those in a care-partner role.

Please contact Christy 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or cbannerman@alzheimerperthcounty.com or Shelley 519-271-1910 ext. 26 or sobermayer@alzheimerperthcounty.com to register or for more information. Pre-registration is required, and capacity is limited to ensure a positive learning environment for all attendees.

First Link Learning Series: Care in the Later Stages

This four-week program is designed for care-partners who are supporting a loved one who is living with later-stage dementia. The 2-hour sessions focus on dementia in the late and end of life stages and the role care-partners can play in caring for and enhancing quality of life. Program to be offered in-person and with January start.

Please contact Christy at 519-271-1910 ext. 21 or cbannerman@alzheimerperthcounty.com to register or for more information. Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited to ensure a positive learning environment for all attendees.

Social Recreation Programming

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County Virtual Social Recreation page continues to be updated regularly. Please click here to check out the latest updates!

Food for Thought Meal Delivery Program

As this program comes to an end, we want to thank all of our community partners for providing us with fresh and nutritious lunch over the last 19 months. This program is being offered one final time on Thursday, December 16 as our holiday meal. Please register by Tuesday, December 7 by contacting Teresa at 519-271-1910 at ext. 33 or tweicker@alzheimerperthcounty.com. Please confirm any food allergies only.

Virtual Paint Party

Staying active and socialization are two vital part of aging well. The Alzheimer Society of Perth County in partnership with Vanessa at Kind-Hearted Studio has created a Virtual Paint Party, a program for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners. The program encourages participants to be creative and social.

This program runs for 1.5 hours virtually through Zoom. Materials required to participate in this program will be delivered to the homes of registered clients prior to program start.

Advanced registration is required by calling Pamela at 519-271-1910 at ext. 27 or pbalfour@alzheimerperthcounty.com. Limited spaces are available for Tuesday, December 14 at 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Crafty Corner

Join us for a holiday crafting hour! All clients are welcome to join in the fun on Tuesday, December 21 form 1:30-2:30 on zoom. Please register by Monday, December 13 by contacting Teresa at 519-271-1910 ext. 33 or tweicker@alzheimerperthcounty.com.

Minds in Motion

This program incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stages of dementia and their care partners. Each session offers gentle and easy to follow physical activities led by a certified senior fitness instructor and engaging social activities focused on building personal skills.

Advanced registration is required for in-person Minds in Motion by calling Pamela at 519-271-1910 ext. 27 or pbalfour@alzheimerperthcounty.com.


Tuesday, January 11 - March1: Stratford 10:30am - 12:30pm

Thursday, January 13 - March 3: St. Marys 1:00 - 3:00pm


Monday, January 10 - March 7 (no program on Feb 21) 2:00 - 3:30pm

What's happening across Ontario? Provincial social recreation programs, webinars, and more!

Webinar: Long Distance Caregiving

When: Tuesday, December 14 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 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 here.

Contact Kimberly Panditharatne at kpanditharatne@alz.to to learn more.

Give Local this Holiday Season

The importance of supporting local communities, businesses, and charitable initiatives has been amplified throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

This holiday season is no different.

Celebrate the season of giving and be there for your community and local Alzheimer Society by making a special, year-end gift.

With your holiday gift, you will be giving the 250,000 people living with dementia in Ontario access the education, counselling, and social recreation programs they rely on most.

Give Local this Holiday Season

Make a gift by midnight on December 31 and you’ll be able to get a 2021 tax receipt!

What does kindness mean to you? Find out during the Quest for Kindness!

While kindness means something different to each of us, it is a universal language that everyone understands.

To the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, kindness is all about making our connections matter by doing good and creating friendlier communities for those impacted by dementia.

There are so many ways that you can help make your community a friendlier place for those living with dementia! The easiest way? Registering for the Quest for Kindness and making at least 30 kind-nections from January 1 to 29!


Tips for Care Partners: Managing Holiday Stress & Celebration Ideas

Making the holidays meaningful for a person living with dementia, as well as creating an environment that minimizes the mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion that comes along with being a care partner can be a challenge, and even more so this year with the pandemic. The holidays can bring additional feelings of stress, so to help you create meaningful holiday celebrations for the person you care for, and help you feel less overwhelmed, we have put together some tips that you can implement this holiday season!

  1. Do only the occasions and traditions that are most important to you and your family like watching holiday movies, listening to holiday music, or decorating cookies!
  2. Keep celebrations short.
  3. Involve the person living with dementia in the preparations and decorating.

For more tips, go to http://bit.ly/as-holiday-tips.

Survey: Improving Homecare for People living with Dementia in Ontario

Participate in an online survey for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

Eligible participants (Ontario only):

  • People living with mild to moderate dementia receiving homecare.
  • Loved ones of people living with dementia receiving homecare.
  • Professional homecare providers (including PSWs, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists).

To view the full flyer, click here.

To take the survey, click here.

If you have any questions, please email evan.foster@mail.utoronto.ca or call 647-933-1330.

Survey: Potential Impact of the Drug Aducanumab

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is looking for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and individuals who have been treated with Aduhelm (aducanumab) to talk about their experience.

The Alzheimer Society will be making a submission to CADTH to ensure that the voices of people with lived experience are represented and considered during the review process. We would like to speak with people with Alzheimer's disease or MCI and people who have treatment experience with Aduhelm (aducanumab).

You do not need to live in Canada to respond to this survey.

The English survey is available here.
The French survey is available here.

Specific caregiver surveys are linked within each of the surveys. Please complete this survey by December 16.

The data will be used in submissions to the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux.

Happy Holidays from the Alzheimer Society!

From our family at the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to yours, we wish you the very best this Holiday season! Thank you for your dedicated support this year.

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.

Our mailing address is:
1020 Ontario Street, Unit 5
Stratford, Ontario N5A 6Z3

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