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Free dementia workshops that range from educational, physical or social events and are carefully designed for your needs

8 Nov

U-First!® for Care Partners

2021-09-21T12:31:28-04:00

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. 
Session dates are on Mondays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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.

U-First!® for Care Partners2021-09-21T12:31:28-04:00
21 Oct

CARERS Program for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:25-04:00

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 – October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2 and 9

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 for Adult Children (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:25-04:00
21 Oct

Meaningful Activities – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:25-04:00

This workshop will help care partners of a person with dementia in mid-to-late stages to develop and participate in meaningful activities. The goal is to provide practical ideas on how participants can spend quality time together by identifying and drawing upon th person’s remaning strenghts. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of meaningful activities for people with dementia or their family members
  • Demonstrate importance of sensory stimulation for people with dementia or their family members
  • Employ additional strategies and resources for creating meaningful activities for people with dementia or their family members
Workshop will be presented online using Zoom.
 
Registration is required to receive Zoom link to participate.

 

 

Meaningful Activities – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:25-04:00
19 Oct

Dementia 102 – Communication – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:24-04:00

This presentation discusses changes in communication that occur in people with dementia and strategies to communicate and support the individual using a person- centered approach.

Learning Objectives: 

  •  Recognize different ways in which communication occurs
  •  Explain how communication changes in a person with dementia
  •  Describe strategies that can support communication with a person with dementia
  •  Recognize the benefits of validating a person’s feeling when trying to communicate
This workshop will be presented online using Zoom.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to participate. 

 

 

Dementia 102 – Communication – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:24-04:00
13 Oct

Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home (TEACH) – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:22-04:00

The TEACH (Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home) Program is a Reitman Centre caregiver program which consists of 4 weekly group sessions that are each 90 minutes long.

Learning objectives: 

  • Focus on common caregiving themes including; self-care, healthcare system navigation, relationship changes and future planning
  • Coaches care partners in practical communication and coping skills
  • Provides opportunity to share and learn from other care partners

Dates: Wednesdays – October 13, 20, 27 and November 3rd

Time: from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Location: the group will be held online using Zoom

** Click HERE If you are interested in a future group dates or would like to discuss how this group may support your current caregiving situation.

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

 

Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home (TEACH) – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:22-04:00
7 Oct

Webinar: Care Partner Stress and Building Resilience (for Family Caregivers)

2021-09-21T12:31:21-04:00

Explore types of coping strategies, increase awareness of the importance of self care and learn about supportive services.

For family caregivers related to a person living with dementia

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: Care Partner Stress and Building Resilience (for Family Caregivers)2021-09-21T12:31:21-04:00
5 Oct

Family Dynamics and Dementia – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:20-04:00

This workshop is for care partners of individuals living with dementia. The focus of the session will be on exploring significant sources of conflict for families dealing with dementia and strategies for assisting families, building on strengths and resilience.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify family dynamics and their effects on families
  • Explore significant sources of conflict for families dealing with dementia
  • Explore strategies for assisting families, building on strength and resilience
  • Develop an understanding of supportive services in the community

This workshop will be presented online using Zoom

Registration is required.

 

Family Dynamics and Dementia – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:20-04:00
5 Oct

CARERS Program for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:20-04:00

This 8-week online program is for spouse or partner 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: Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 and 23

Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

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 for Spouse/Partner (8 sessions) – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:20-04:00
28 Sep

Patrons Network – ONLINE

2021-09-21T12:31:19-04:00

You are invited to attend the Patrons Network meeting on September 28th from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.! We are excited to announce that Nneka Allen, Founder and Principal of the Empathy Agency, will be our guest speaker. Nneka will discuss equity in relation to philanthropy as well as the equity training that the Alzheimer Society of Toronto has been doing.

We welcome you to invite others that might be interested in our work in any way. Please share this registration information with them.

The Zoom link for this event will be sent to you once you complete the registration.

If you have any questions about this event, please reach out to Nancy Reyes, Director of Development at nreyes@alz.to.

Patrons Network – ONLINE2021-09-21T12:31:19-04:00
28 Sep

Webinar: Driving and Dementia

2021-09-21T12:31:18-04:00

Recognize how dementia impacts driving abilities and exploring support strategies.

Use your computer, internet connection and phone to participate in a live presentation

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

Step 1: Assess your Options

Step 2: Create an Account

Step 3: Enrol in a webinar

Webinar: Driving and Dementia2021-09-21T12:31:18-04:00

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