The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County supports people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families. Donations to the Dementia Society help to ensure no one faces dementia alone.
Our team is made up of Dementia Care Coaches and dementia advocates. Dementia Care Coaches guide people through the dementia journey, both people living with dementia and their caregivers. They also run dozens of support groups, and programs to stimulate brain activity and to keep people with dementia social and engaged in their community.
We advocate for the rights of people living with dementia, especially their right to live well. We educate the public in order to create more dementia-friendly communities, and we educate caregivers to assist them through the difficult experience of caring for someone with dementia.
Our programs include several music programs and exercise programs, as well as dance and art.
***Since physical distancing measures have begun, we have shifted all programs online. Dementia Care Coaches continue to reach clients by telephone as well.***
"If you are a caregiver/loved one of someone with dementia or have dementia yourself, The Dementia Society is your best source for support, information, education programs, support groups, etc. The care coaches are fantastic, compassionate people, always ready to take a call and offer great advice!"
Laura Polegato, owner, Supporting Seniors
"I have lots of positive things to say about Turquoise, and I have some lovely gems of thoughts that my mom has shared with me on our walk back to the Colonel By afterwards. She has expressed that Turquoise is a whole body experience that feeds the soul, the mind, and the body, and that everyone is so friendly and welcoming. She loves the music, of course, and the laughter, which she says is so important. And most of all she feels a sense of belonging. I am regularly overcome with the kindness and caring in the room. It really is quite incredible."
Sian Fitzgerald, who attends Turquoise with her mother who has dementia.
"We have difficulties, but we're not incapable. This program helps people with dementia to feel safeÔÇŽand to have a positive experience in the community."
Paul, a person with dementia,
We help people in our communities impacted by dementia, by providing:
- Guidance and support
- Social programs and peer engagement
- Information and resources