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Dementia Basics

Dementia Basics – Six-part public education program intended to provide a primer on Alzheimer and other dementias. Recommended for friends, family, and informal or formal caregivers of people with dementia as well as individuals with a diagnosis of dementia, students or other interested people.


Living with Dementia

Living with Dementia
For people newly diagnosed with dementia and a care partners. Sessions will provide you with information about:

  • living well with memory changes
  • the impact of dementia on communication, relationships and lifestyle


Qualité de vie en fin de vie

Sessions éducatives sont offertes pour les familles de personne en stade avancé d’une démence, vivant en residence de soins de longue durée.


Vivre avec les changements de la mémoire

Sessions éducatives sont offertes pour la personne avec un diagnostic de la maladie d’Alzheimer ou maladies apparentées (stade initial) et un member de famille.


Minds in Motion®

Thank you for your interest in Minds in Motion®!

This fun community-based program combines 1 hour of physical activity, led by a City of Ottawa fitness instructor, and 1 hour of mental and social activities for individuals with dementia (in early to mid-stage) and their care partner. Enjoy getting active and meeting others during this 2 hour program that runs for 8 weeks. For more info click here.

Program requirements

Before you choose a session and register, please read the following program requirements to help ensure that Minds in Motion will be a good fit for you: 1. For the person with dementia:

  •  You’re living with early to mid-stages of dementia.
  •  You’ll be able to follow instructions from the fitness instructor and program coordinator. Instructions can be repeated and caregivers and volunteers are there to  provide support.

For both the person with dementia and the caregiver:

  • You’ll be able to take part in a one-hour group exercise class involving sitting, standing and walking exercises that can be done at your own pace. This can include doing the entire class from a seated position.
  • You enjoy trying new activities.
  • You’re comfortable in a group setting (approximately 25 people) and enjoy meeting new people and spending time with others.
  • You like to have fun!

*If you have any questions or concerns about program eligibility, please contact the program coordinator at 613-270-1156 or



Minds in Song

A program for persons with early dementia and their caregivers living in the community. No training or music background needed. For the joy of singing! Cost: $84 per couple



A Long Journey – the Experience of Grief in Caregiving – February 22, 2017

Loss and grief are among the most significant and challenging issues you will face as a caregiver when supporting a person with dementia. Whether you are caring for your partner, your parent or a friend with dementia, you may experience losses and grief in different ways at all stages in the dementia journey. Learn more about grief and dementia, and how to work with this process in a healthy way.


Renfrew County Programs

Learning Series

Part 2 – Progression & Daily Life
Skills and tools to help with daily life (for caregivers/family only).


Part 3 –Building a Care Plan
Community P rograms & When Long-Term Care is Needed – Programs and services to support
you (for caregivers/family only).