We provide lots of support for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, partners in care, family members, and health-care professionals.
If you are newly diagnosed, we strongly recommend that you contact us for information about consultation, programs and services, and support.
To help you navigate through the changes, whether you are a person with dementia or a partner in care, we have created a number of brochures with details about what to expect. The Alzheimer’s disease Programs & Services brochure outlines the kinds of programs that are available across the country.
If you are newly diagnosed:
- First Steps outlines a step-by-step plan to help people who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
- What to Expect gives an overview of the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Shared Experiences: Suggestions for Those With Alzheimer Disease is a brochure with advice written by people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
If you are a partner in care:
- First Steps: For Families of Those Recently Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease outlines steps family members can take to prepare for the Alzheimer’s journey ahead.
- Reducing Caregiver Stress provides suggestions to support partners in care in giving the best possible care and also to take care of themselves
- Ways to Help: Assisting People Living With Alzheimer's disease gives suggestions for helping people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and their partners in care.
- Join us for our Caregiver Retreat event for family caregivers.
The are many ways to get the support you need, whether you are a person living with dementia or a partner in care. Click here for a list of active support groups.
For people living with dementia:
The booklet Memory problems? was created by people with dementia for people with dementia. It was produced and is generously shared by the Early Stage Support Groups in the North/Central Okanagan Region of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Circle of Friends Early Stage Support Group: This group has been specifically designed for individuals in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. "Circle of Friends" provides an opportunity for those with mild memory loss to meet others who are experiencing similiar difficulties and exchange information in a supportive environment.
A Changing Melody is a learning and sharing forum by and for persons living with early stage dementia and their partners in care. Click here for more information explaining this unique and powerful event.
Plate Mates is a monthly lunch outing for those living with memory loss, their families and partners in care. This social event is held at noon on the last Tuesday of each month (except December). Click here for a schedule of dates and restaurants.
For partners in care:
There are many ways partners in care can get the support they need. Whether you’re looking for advice, someone to listen, or general information, there is a level of support for whatever you need.
- The Alzheimer Society Message Board is a great place for partners in care to share common experiences and advice. It is free to register.
- A support group can give you a place to talk with other partners in care who understand the disease and know just what you’re going through. Click here for a listing of support group meeting times across Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.
- In the comfort of our 'Comfort Room' or of your own home, we can help you talk through your feelings and concerns-- one-on-one or in a group with family members.
- Rediscover Me - a retreat held on the first Wednesday in October. This is a day for partners in care to kick back and enjoy some relaxing activities such as woodworking, art, yoga, drumming...or do absolutely nothing at all for a few hours. Click here for some photos of past retreats.
Elder Abuse Resources:
Last Updated: 11/08/2017