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Today is GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday is here and Canadians across the country are joining the movement and kicking off the giving season by rallying for their favourite causes. If you would like to take part in GivingTuesday, you can support the work of The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County by
making a donation


Provincial government plans to create new home care agency

A shake-up is in the works for Ontario's troubled long term care system. A first step is the establishment of a government run agency offering home care services. The goal is to allow clients more control and greater choice when it comes to hiring personal caregivers. But reactions from those who currently provide care, to the formation of a proposed new Crown agency, is mixed. 



We value your experience and opinion

Last call to give us our input! The Dementia Society is here to help because no one should face dementia alone. An important element of quality assurance and ensuring a good return on public dollars (our client services are funded by the Ontario government through the Local Health Integration Network) is to seek out the experience and opinions of the people we help. Please take 10 minutes to complete our survey. We appreciate your input so much! Deadline for input is December 1st. Thank you for your feedback!


How virtual reality is taking dementia patients back to the future

In a comfortable armchair, glass of sherry at her side, Elspeth Ford is getting to grips with her 3D goggles. "Maybe I'll go another other way now" she says, looking left, right, up, down. She breaks into a cheery rendition of the Lambeth Walk. 
Thanks to our reader, Laurie, for sharing this story with us about the wonderful potential for virtual reality technology.

If you are a caregiver and are interested in completing a virtual reality training module based on behaviours of people with dementia, the University of Ottawa is seeking participants for this research project. Contact Dr. Oliver Baus at or (613) 562-5800 ext. 1096 for more information.

A Celebration of Song - limited tickets available!

The second edition of A Celebration of Song for Alzheimer's is here! Local artists will meet for an intimate evening of musical performances, with MC Dylan Black from Boom 99.7 and Rogers Daytime. All profits will go to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. This event sold out last year, so get your tickets early if you plan to attend!


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. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- Caregiver Support Group, Roayl Canadian Legion, Branch 593 Bells Corners, 4026 Old Richmond Rd
  • Dec. 6, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -- Talking Among Ourselves, Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Cetnre, 1750 Russell Rd, Suite 1742 (Dementia Society Boardroom)
  • Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -- Lunch Bunch, Perkin's Family Restaurant 1130 St Laurent Blvd
  • Dec. 11, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch Bunch, Colonnade Pizza 461 Hazeldean Rd
  • Déc. 11, 13:00 h. - 15:00 h -- Groupe de Soutien, Bruyère-Résidence St Louis, 879 ch Hiawatha Park, Orléans

In Renfrew County:
  • Dec. 7, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. -- Caregiver Support Group, Trinity St. Andrew's United Church, 291 Plaunt St S, Renfrew

For more information:

Help us help people impacted by dementia

Join our team of volunteers to help deliver our programs:

For more information about the above volunteer positions, contact Stephanie Smith at or call 613-523-4004 ext. 3105.

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