KITCHENER – A variety of local activities are available to support people living with dementia, their families and friends, professionals and the community.
The Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington (ASWW) provides education and support, including access to a social worker to assist with individual situations and accessing services.
There are support and social groups that help people manage challenges.
There is also a First Link Coordinator available at 519-742-8518, ext. 2090 to answer questions.
On March 26, 7-10pm, ASWW will hold its 10th anniversary Winter Warmer event, at the Tannery Event Centre in Kitchener.
Tickets for the fundraiser, which features whiskey tasting and a silent auction, are $125.
The Walk for Alzheimer’s will be held on May 24. For information, call Barb at 519-836-7672, ext. 2019.
ASWW’s Finding Your Way program helps with understanding how people with dementia can go missing, promotes strategies to reduce the number of incidents and gives advice on what to do if someone goes missing.
Minds in Motion is a community-based social program that incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners. The two-hour program runs once a week for eight weeks, with a fee of $60.
In Wellington County, Minds in Motion sessions are on Thursdays, 1-3pm at the Victoria Park Seniors Centre in Fergus.
Other programs offered by ASWW include The Music Project, which helps increase the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Peer Connections involves two groups, one for those with dementia and the other for care partners.
These are offered in partnership with the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington at the Elora Legion, 110 Metcalfe St., on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, 10:30am to noon.