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28 May

Virtual Caregiver Education Forum


The Scarborough Health Network (formerly The Scarborough and Rouge Hospital) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is organizing  a virtual Caregiver Education Forum on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. The event has been very well attended over the last couple of  years by caregivers of individuals living with dementia as well as healthcare providers. Our goal is to provide education and help caregivers access resources and supports in the community. The theme of this year’s event is “COVID-19 and Dementia”.

For this year’s event, we will have speakers presenting on topics that relate to the ongoing global pandemic, so that caregivers can better understand the intricacies of dementia care and take away strategies they can practice at home. We will also have community service agencies presenting on what their organizations offer to caregivers of people living with dementia. The event will cover the following topics:

TOPIC 1: Medical Management of Dementia During COVID-19, Dr. Tanya Pinto, Psychiatrist, SHN Birchmount Hospital

TOPIC 2: Keeping Active During COVID-19 for Person Living with Dementia and their Caregiver, Haley McTaggart & Chantel Costa, Recreation Therapists, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

TOPIC 3: COVID-19 & Caring for a Person Living with Dementia, Kimberly Dilmohamed, Caregiver Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Toronto

We invite you to join us for a morning of networking and learning. There will be raffle prizes drawn after each speaker. 

Registration is required to attend. This event will be presented online using  Zoom,  link will be emailed to you a few days before the event.



Virtual Caregiver Education Forum2021-05-12T12:30:53-04:00
20 May

CARERS Program (8 sessions) – ONLINE


This 8-week online program is for adult children of people with mid- to late-stage dementia living in the community. Developed by the Reitman Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital, CARERS is a comprehensive dementia care program that supports problem-solving skill development and introduces the innovative use of standardized patients – actors trained to simulate real-life situations – so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to address communication challenges.

Goals of the Program:

  • Enhance practical skills for caregivers
  • Improve caregivers’ coping and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance caregivers’ confidence in dealing with challenges
  • Improve caregivers’ social interaction and social support

Dates: Thursdays – May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 8 and 15

(Please note there is no session on July 1st, Canada Day)

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

Registration and an assessment appointment via Zoom are prerequisites. An AST Social Worker will contact you soon for your assessment.

** If you are interested in a future group or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation, please CLICK HERE




CARERS Program (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-05-12T12:30:52-04:00
18 May

Webinar: Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia (for General Public)


This workshop will provide learners an overview of Alzheimer’s disease focusing on the importance of early diagnosis and illustrates the progression of the disease. 

Webinar is for everyone.

To REGISTER: Go to our online learning site at www.alzeducate.ca

Step 1: Access your Options

Step 2: Create an Account

Step 3: Enrol in a webinar



Webinar: Overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia (for General Public)2021-05-12T12:30:51-04:00
10 May

Online Dementia Care Training Program (ODCTP)


For PSWs and other Health Care Professionals

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized dementia care training program.

This six-week program runs from May 10 to June 28

Webinars are on Week 1 and Week 5 (May 11 and June 17) with the option to attend at 12:00pm or 8:00pm.(Eastern Time)

Cost: $80

Please visit www.alzeducate.ca for more information and requirements and to register online.

Online Dementia Care Training Program (ODCTP)2021-05-12T12:30:49-04:00
8 May

Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)



PRE-REQUISITE: Must be a personal support worker or front-line health-care provider.

Increase your skills in caring for people with dementia by completing the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s specialized Dementia Care Training Program. With this 12-hour program, you’ll learn:

  • The U-First! approach to managing responsive behaviours
  • The nature and progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • The factors that contribute to responsive behaviours
  • The changes related to aging by experiencing an aging simulation

Dates and Time: (2 full day training, you must attend both dates to receive a certificate)

Saturdays – May 8 and 15 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom. 




Dementia Care Training Program – Zoom (2 full days -ONLINE)2021-05-12T12:30:49-04:00
5 May

U-First!® for Care Partners


What is U-First!®  for Care Partners?

U-First!® for Care Partners is a new education program for family and friends who are providing direct support to someone experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment.

This 6 hour education program will help you to:

  • Enhance well-being of care partners and of the person they are supporting who is experiencing behaviour changes
  • Reduce responsive behaviours by using the U-First!® framework
  • Improve collaboration among all team members through a common knowledge, language and approach to care. 

Who should attend?

U-First!® for Care Partners is for family and friends of people experiencing behaviour changes as a result of dementia or other cognitive impairment who provide direct support for that person in an unpaid role. 

What’s involved in the program?

  • Interactive learning approach that has participants reflect on their experiences, engage with new content, practice using a variety of methods including case studies and plan for how they will implement what they have learned.
  • Learners receive a Participant Workbook and a U-First!® Wheel to use during the program and keep as useful resources for applying their learning.
  • Learners will also be invited to take part in an evaluation to better understand the effectiveness and outcomes of the program.  In addition, a sample of participants will be invited to take part in an interview with the Evaluator. All learners will be invited to participate in evaluation activities but will not be excluded from the program if they choose not to participate in the evaluation.

What’s the cost for the program?

There is no cost for participants of U-First!® for Care Partners. 

Please note that there will be additional screening of all interested participants to ensure there is a fit between the program and participant.

Session dates are moved to Wednesdays, August 4, 11, and 18 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

CLICK HERE if you are interested to register.


U-First!® for Care Partners2021-05-12T12:30:48-04:00
4 May

Behavioural Support Training Program – zoom (2 Full Days ONLINE)


Programs Pre-Requisites:

  • Completion of either the Dementia Care Training Program (DCTP, ODCTP, or zDCTP) or U-FIRST! within the past 3 years
  • Be currently working with someone living with dementia

The Behavioural Supporal Training Program (BSTP) is the next step in the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s dementia care training.  This training will build on previous learned theories and concepts and enable you to have a deeper understanding of the individuals you are caring for and gain additional skills to support them in a meaningful way.

For front-line healthcare providers (such as personal support workers, dietary aides, activation and recreation staff, allied health) interested in furthering their skills and tools to support people living with dementia exhibiting responsive behaviours. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSDs)
  • Discuss when responsive behaviours requires intervention
  • Practice reflective skills and recognize that behaviour has meaning specific to the individual
  • Practice verbal and written reporting skills
  • Demonstrate individualized communication techniques including validation to support positive interactions with a person with dementia.
  • Develop an action plan that will allow professionals to recommend and evaluate different non pharmacological approaches appropriate to the individual and their unique situation

Dates and Time (you must attend all 2 dates to complete the training):

Tuesdays – May 4 and 11 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

COST: $80

Training will be presented online using Zoom.


Behavioural Support Training Program – zoom (2 Full Days ONLINE)2021-05-12T12:30:48-04:00

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