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Caregiver Townhall - save the date!


Please join us...

2017 has been a momentous year, for our Society and on many fronts related to dementia care. We'd like to kick off 2018 with a discussion oriented meeting for caregivers of people with dementia. We hope you'll be able to join us. 

We'll take the opportunity to update participants on developments at The Dementia Society and to take any questions about our programs, governance, recent name change, etc. 

We'll also present the feedback we received earlier this autumn when we asked our readers to share what they see as the biggest challenges looming on the dementia care front. 

Please consider coming along to this informal event designed to inform and discuss issues that are important to dementia caregivers.

When: Wednesday, January 24th, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Where: 1750 Russell Road (Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre)

Parking passes will be provided at the meeting, on request. 

Please RSVP by January 17th, 2018 by registering online here



The long-term care system may be struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable, but the need for the system is only growing:


The province has long emphasized home care over institutional care, but critics say neither system is receiving enough financial support to keep up with rapidly growing needs, leaving gaps that must be filled by seniors and their families. Continue reading this article from the Ottawa Citizen here. 

An internal investigation is taking place after a personal support worker did not follow an Ottawa care home's safe transfer protocol. Read about this case study and the safety rules around transfers here.

Lisa Hagar takes a different approach with an opinion piece in defense of personal support workers. Read what she has to say here. 


Plight of young caregivers examined at forum organized by The Change Foundation


A 21 year old woman from Vermilion Bay, Ontario, says the challenges of providing care to another family member seem to go un-noticed in northern Ontario. Continue reading CBC's article about The Change Foundation here.

Reunited: a short film about music and the human spirit

Noisey, published May 20, 2016

This uplifting short film directed by Max Thurlow and Nick Trumble features 93 year old jazz pianist Edward Hardy. Ed was lifted out of depression when his care home discovered he was a talented pianist. 

Get ready for the 2018 Walk for Dementia! Introducing your Walk co-chairs:

John Wilson (left) and Paul Morton (right) are long time successful fundraisers and friends of The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. 

"As Co-chairs of the 2018 Walk for Dementia, we are very excited about reaching our goal of $300,000 so that The Dementia Society can help an additional 1,000 caregivers and people with dementia this year."

Now is the time to register your Walk for Dementia team! Go online now to register your team, and check out the Captain's section of our new Walk website to find all the tools you will need for a successful fundraising campaign! 

10 Tips for the holidays

Engage one sense at a time: Overwhelming a person diagnosed with dementia is often an issue. If you're having a conversation, avoid playing music or having the TV on. If you're outside and looking at the snowy street, you don't need to also be talking. 

Read through our other tips for the holidays and have a wonderful festive season! 


What's going on for caregivers next week?

For more information on the events below, call 613-523-4004 in Ottawa and 1-888-411-2067 in Renfrew County.

In Ottawa:
  • Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -- Caregiver Support Group, Carefor Health & Community Services, 2576 Carling Ave, Ottawa
  • Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. -- Caregiver Support Group, Villagia in the Glebe, 480 Metcalfe St, Ottawa

In Renfrew County:
  • Dec. 19, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- Coffee Club, Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre, 20 Robertson Dr, Beachburg
  • Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Coffee Club, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 503 Alfred St, Pembroke

For more information:

Help us help people impacted by dementia

One week ago today we honoured our volunteers with a celebration for International Volunteers Day!


Thank you once again to our wonderful volunteers!


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