Education for the person living with dementia

The first course in the First Link® Learning Series is designed for the person living with dementia and their primary care partner.

First Steps for People Living with Dementia and Care Partners

This series helps people newly diagnosed with a dementia and their care partners understand their diagnosis and the changes they experience.  It offers participants an opportunity to share and connect with others.  Topics covered during this course include:

  • What is dementia:  a look at different types of dementia and discussion of early symptoms of dementia, diagnosis and medications.
  • Adapting to brain changes:  a look at different parts of the brain, their function and how they are affected by dementia.  We will discuss adapting to these changes and maximizing brain health.
  • Planning ahead:  Topics discussed include assessing and managing risk, Advance Care Planning and managing finances.
  • Building a Circle of Support:  a look at ways to recognize and manage stress and discussion around supports available in the community.

Upcoming Courses - Fall 2017

Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16 & 23
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Barrie

Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17 & 24
10 a.m. - noon
Orillia

Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18 & 25
10 a.m. - noon
Collingwood

Saturdays, November 18 & 25
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Barrie

There is no fee to attend First Steps; however, registration is required.  It is recommended that participants attend all sessions in the series.

For more information or to register, e-mail Michelle Menecola or call 705-722-1066 or 1-800-265-5391.

Taking Control of our Lives

Taking Control of Our Lives is an 8-week self management course for people living with early dementia.  Topics over the eight weeks include:

  • Memory tips and strategies
  • Keeping a positive outlook
  • Finding purpose and meaning
  • Adapting to changes in dementia
  • Building resilience
  • Problem solving
  • Communication strategies
  • Finding my voice
  • Having difficult conversations
  • Building and keeping connections
  • Stigma and creating inclusive spaces
  • Emotional wellness
  • Transforming with grief and loss
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Understanding and lowering risk
  • Working with your health care provider(s)
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

Taking Control of Our Lives is intended to help you, a person living with dementia, to develop skills, increase your confidence and feel empowered to take control of your life by talking with and learning from others that may be experiencing some of the same things that your are.

It is recommended that people attend First Steps before Taking Control of Our Lives, but it is not a requirement. 

Upcoming Courses - Fall 2017

Thursdays, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 20
10:00 a.m. - noon
Barrie

There is no fee to attend Taking Control of our Lives; however, registration is required.  It is recommended that participants try to attend all sessions in the series.

For more information or to register, e-mail Michelle Menecola or call 705-722-1066 or 1-800-265-5391.

Driving Cessation

Learn more about why a driving cessation plan is an important part of your self management plan.  This session is open to persons living with dementia and their care partners who are nearing the time when they must stop driving.  Topics discussed will include:

  • risks associated with driving while living with dementia
  • coping with the loss of a driver's license
  • options for transportation.

Wednesdays, September 20 & 27
10 a.m. - noon
Collingwood

There is no fee to attend Driving Cessation; however, registration is required.  For more information or to register, email Michelle Menecola or call 705-722-1066 or 1-800-265-5391.

What's Next?  A Personal Perspective

Join Mary Beth Wighton, Chair of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group and her partner, Dawn, for this evening presentation to people living with dementia and family members.  Mary Beth was diagnosed with probable Frontotemporal Dementia when she was 45.  A fierce advocate for people living with dementia, Mary Beth works tirelessly on advocacy efforts as the chair of the Ontario Dementia Advisory Group.  Mary Beth and Dawn will share their personal journey and address some of the challenging issues and decisions they have faced as a family.

Wednesday, October 25
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Orillia

For more information or to register for this event, please call Kristin at 705-722-1066 or 1-800-265-5391 or contact her by email.


Last Updated: 11/08/2017