People living with dementia and their care partners are already socially isolated due to the nature of dementia. Normally, clients are be able to access community programming that is specially designed for those with dementia. Since COVID-19, people have not been able to access community programming and they are increasingly isolated and at risk for increased loneliness and depression. The Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington (ASWW) has been providing therapeutic recreational programming and education virtually via Zoom, YouTube and other on-line source: supporting people living with dementia and their care partners. For those who do not have internet or are not comfortable with the computer, services are provided over the phone on a one to one basis. Our virtual programming helps alleviate isolation and keep the brain stimulated.
People feel a sense of purpose and it gives them something to look forward to. We have been able to use and modify our existing program materials, so clients began receiving service within a week of our offices closing to protect staff and clients. Examples of programming include trivia, reminiscing activities, music, exercise, brain teasers and peer support groups.
We need help to continue to offer these fun, interactive and engaging programs virtually as this pandemic continues to modify the way we provide services to clients and caregivers.
Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington supports persons living with dementia and their families, in living well with a dementia diagnosis. Our programs and services are designed to help people remain supported, active, engaged, informed, safe, and in control of their health throughout the dementia journey. We strive for excellence when providing education, social work support and social/recreational opportunities for people living with dementia, their care partners and families.
To alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and to promote research.