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Alzheimer Society Info Guide Winter 2023

The Alzheimer Society is seen as a resource in the area for those living with dementia and caregivers. Our success is significantly due to the desire to work collaboratively with other organizations. We aspire to be a leader in the development of best practices in dementia care. Our programs and services promote wellness and social inclusion.

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<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s Awareness<br />

INFORMATION GUIDE <strong>2023</strong><br />

Photo: Clients & Family<br />

Enjoying our Day Program<br />

What you need to know, and how we can help you<br />

alzheimersarnia.ca<br />

When Sarnia’s Fred Punch was told<br />

he has Lewy body dementia, a friend<br />

suggested the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

Sarnia-Lambton could help.<br />

“When you’re told you have this<br />

disease, it scares you,” says Fred who<br />

was an award-winning car salesman<br />

for 30 years before retirement.<br />

“There are some people who find<br />

out, go home and give up. I’m not<br />

going to do that,” he said. “I want to<br />

live as well as I can for as long as I<br />

can.”<br />

Next to <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease, Lewy<br />

body is the most common type of<br />

dementia. Fred started noticing the<br />

earliest signs about two years prior to<br />

his diagnosis.<br />

“Weird stuff began happening that<br />

I’d never noticed before,” he said.<br />

His blood pressure began suddenly<br />

dipping. He began misplacing his keys<br />

and cell phone five or six times a day.<br />

But the most startling symptom was<br />

hallucinations that he experienced<br />

for three or four seconds at a time,<br />

sometimes 20 times a day.<br />

“I’d see a dog or a person walking<br />

down the street and they weren’t<br />

really there,” he explained. “I’d see<br />

people in my kitchen or try to kill a<br />

spider that wasn’t there. One night I<br />

saw a number of people at the foot of<br />

my bed having a birthday party.<br />

“It was really unnerving.”<br />

It took time but eventually a<br />

neurologist in London did thorough<br />

cognitive testing and confirmed Lewy<br />

body, a condition when protein bodies<br />

get in the way of brain function.<br />

Learning to Live with Dementia<br />

By Cathy Dobson<br />

Fred Punch says staff at the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Sarnia-Lambton offer invaluable support<br />

after a dementia diagnosis. Here he talks with Education Co-ordinator Christine Wright.<br />

It’s not curable but symptoms can<br />

be alleviated with medication and<br />

what Fred calls the big three: Exercise,<br />

socialization and sufficient rest.<br />

He made a call to the local <strong>Alzheimer</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong> and found people there who<br />

understood his fears, could answer his<br />

questions and offer the right kind of<br />

support.<br />

“They put my mind at ease right<br />

away,” he said. “At times, this can all<br />

be a little hard to take and I am always<br />

looking for ways to deal with it, how to<br />

best live with it.<br />

“The staff has been here for me. I<br />

can’t imagine the number of people<br />

out there who are scared and don’t<br />

realize there is help for them.”<br />

Fred said he feels compelled to<br />

share his experience with dementia<br />

because it is so common, yet many<br />

don’t recognize the symptoms or<br />

know what to do.<br />

“We need to make people aware,”<br />

he said. “I want people to know about<br />

this because many aren’t familiar with<br />

Lewy body.”<br />

The <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> supports<br />

people with all types of dementia,<br />

says education co-ordinator Christine<br />

Wright.<br />

“Our clients have everything<br />

from mild cognitive impairment to<br />

various forms of dementia including<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s, Lewy body dementia,<br />

vascular dementia, head injuries,<br />

frontotemporal dementia and alcoholrelated<br />

dementia.”<br />

There are hundreds of types, Wright<br />

said.<br />

“We are concerned that dementia<br />

diagnoses really isolate people. A<br />

lot wonder where their friends have<br />

gone,” she said. “My biggest advice for<br />

someone with a new diagnosis is to<br />

call us right away. Don’t wait for a crisis<br />

or when you feel too overwhelmed.<br />

Instead let us support you throughout<br />

your journey.”<br />

Fred found counselling and<br />

information at the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong>.<br />

Importantly, he also found others<br />

dealing with similar problems. He<br />

meets regularly with an early stage<br />

support group and participates in<br />

social and recreational programs for<br />

clients and their caregivers.<br />

Some of his symptoms have eased<br />

while others have worsened over time.<br />

At age 70, Fred copes with varying<br />

degrees of heavy fatigue, confusion,<br />

short-term memory loss, problems<br />

with his balance and still some<br />

hallucinations.<br />

“But the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> is here<br />

to help,” he said. “They play a really<br />

important role and I want others to<br />

know about it.”<br />

If you or a loved one is looking for<br />

information and support related to<br />

dementia, contact the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

Sarnia-Lambton at 519-332-4444 or<br />

visit alzheimer.ca/sarnialambton.<br />

The <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> would like to<br />

thank Cathy Dobson for taking the time<br />

to write this article for us. We really<br />

appreciate your help Cathy, and it was<br />

a really nice conversation.<br />

From the creators of...<br />

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Our Philosophy<br />

The <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> is seen as a resource in the area for those living<br />

with dementia and caregivers. Our success is significantly due to the<br />

desire to work collaboratively with other organizations. We aspire to be<br />

a leader in the development of best practices in dementia care. Our<br />

programs and services promote wellness and social inclusion.<br />

Our Mission<br />

To alleviate the personal and social<br />

consequences of <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease and<br />

related dementias and to promote research<br />

with respect to such disease and dementias.<br />

Our Role<br />

The role of the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> of<br />

Sarnia-Lambton is to offer support, information<br />

and education to people with dementia, their<br />

families and their caregivers, to increase public<br />

awareness of dementia, to promote research<br />

and to advocate for services that respect the<br />

dignity of the individual.<br />

Our Vision<br />

We envision a world without <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease and other dementias.<br />

Our Values<br />

C A R E E<br />

Collaboration Accountability Respect Empowerment Excellence<br />

What You Should Know About<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s Disease<br />

January is <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s Awareness<br />

Month. Every year, the <strong>Alzheimer</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong> takes the opportunity to raise<br />

awareness about neurocognitive<br />

disorders and the importance of<br />

early diagnoses. Here’s an overview<br />

of what you should know.<br />

What are neurocognitive<br />

disorders?<br />

Although neurocognitive<br />

disorders are often associated with<br />

memory loss, they can also affect a<br />

person’s mood, behaviour, thinking,<br />

language skills and problem-solving<br />

abilities. However, it’s important to<br />

note that neurocognitive disorders<br />

are different from age-related<br />

memory loss (ARML), which isn’t<br />

caused by an underlying medical<br />

condition.<br />

Who do they affect?<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease most<br />

commonly affects people over the<br />

age of 65. However, some individuals<br />

may start to show signs of cognitive<br />

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impairment in their 50s or 40s.<br />

Additionally, certain medical factors<br />

such as experiencing head trauma<br />

or having cerebrovascular disease<br />

can increase the risk of developing<br />

a neurocognitive disorder. Early<br />

diagnosis is important because<br />

neurocognitive disorders are<br />

progressive and worsen over time.<br />

What can you do?<br />

Although neurocognitive disorders<br />

often affect a person’s ability to<br />

communicate and express themself,<br />

it’s important to continue to converse<br />

with them to help them feel safe<br />

and at ease. If you have <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease or think you may have a<br />

neurocognitive disorder, talk to your<br />

doctor and contact the <strong>Alzheimer</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong> of Canada.<br />

To learn more about<br />

neurocognitive disorders,<br />

visit alzheimer.ca.<br />

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Volunteer Opportunities<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Sarnia-Lambton provides help for<br />

people living with dementia and their care partners.<br />

We need people of all ages, skills, and interests to help<br />

plan, coordinate, advocate, organize, lead and inspire.<br />

We will do our best to match your skill set and interests<br />

with our need for support.<br />

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How you can help:<br />

• Individual and Group Supports<br />

• Social Activation Programs: Minds in Motion,<br />

Inspirational Moments, Forget Me Not Social Club<br />

• Client Services Support<br />

• Special Events and Fundraising Support<br />

• Young Leader Collective<br />

• Bingos<br />

• Board of Directors<br />

To get involved:<br />

Call: 519-332-4444<br />

Email: arand@alzheimersarnia.ca<br />

Web: alzheimer.ca/sarnialambton<br />

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A Message from our CEO<br />

The <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

of Sarnia Lambton offers<br />

support, information,<br />

education, and system<br />

navigation to people<br />

living with dementia,<br />

their families, and<br />

their care partners. We<br />

strive to increase public<br />

awareness of dementia<br />

and advocate for services<br />

that respect the dignity of<br />

the individual.<br />

Our caring team of staff<br />

and volunteers work diligently<br />

to fulfill the <strong>Society</strong>’s mission, to<br />

alleviate the personal and social<br />

consequences of <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease and other dementias and to<br />

promote research.<br />

Support is available to anyone<br />

affected by memory loss or<br />

dementia, and our staff work with<br />

healthcare professionals, and other<br />

community agencies so that they<br />

too can provide person-centred and<br />

meaningful support to people living<br />

with dementia.<br />

The <strong>Society</strong> prides itself on<br />

forward- thinking, collaborative,<br />

inclusive, diverse, and equitable<br />

practices and is recognized as a<br />

leading resource in the community.<br />

We were honoured this year to<br />

receive an Outstanding Business<br />

Achievement Award in the category<br />

of Non-Profit of the Year from<br />

the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of<br />

Commerce.<br />

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We know that social<br />

isolation is one of the most<br />

difficult outcomes for<br />

many people living with<br />

dementia. The benefits<br />

of active living programs<br />

can help reduce<br />

isolation and relieve<br />

care partner stress.<br />

Evidence demonstrates<br />

that programs such<br />

as day programs,<br />

respite, social recreation,<br />

education, support groups<br />

and counseling assist people<br />

to live well in our community. It also<br />

eases the burden on our healthcare<br />

system. In the testimonials included<br />

in this publication, you can see the<br />

wonderful feedback received from<br />

clients participating in our services.<br />

We hope this publication will be<br />

helpful for you to learn more about<br />

our services and programs and<br />

how they can help you, your family<br />

member, your neighbour or anyone<br />

else in Lambton County living with<br />

dementia. Clients have shared that<br />

they wish they had connected with<br />

the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> earlier to<br />

help with navigation throughout<br />

their journey. Early intervention has<br />

proven to be helpful to everyone<br />

involved.<br />

(Melanie Bouck)<br />

SLEEP HEALTH SERVICES<br />

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Sleep apnea and <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s are directly linked. Many studies<br />

show that sleep apnea can contribute to paents developing<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease and many people with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s do have<br />

sleep apnea. Restwell would like to recognize <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease by helping our community in any way we can. If you<br />

think you have problems sleeping, give us a call today!<br />

• Free CPAP Machine Consultaon & Assessment<br />

• CPAP Supplies & Sleep Accessories<br />

• Home Sleep Apnea Tesng<br />

- In your home, no wait list, professionally<br />

analyzed & sent to your doctor in 1-2 weeks<br />

• Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring<br />

Joel Clarke<br />

RPSGT, RCT<br />

Execuve<br />

Director<br />

481 London Rd<br />

Sarnia, ON<br />

226-776-8891<br />

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VULNERABLE PERSONS REGISTRY<br />

Do you know someone living with dementia?<br />

3 out of 5 people living<br />

with dementia will go<br />

missing at some point, a<br />

frightening experience,<br />

and a dangerous one.<br />

Julie Munday,<br />

Certified Pedorthist<br />

Each January,<br />

the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

supports and leads<br />

Canada’s <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

Awareness Month.<br />

During this month, we encourage everyone to learn more<br />

about dementia and its impact on Canadians.<br />

You can help build awareness on the supports available<br />

through your local <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> for persons living with<br />

dementia and their care partners.<br />

January is<br />

ALZHEIMER’S<br />

AWARENESS MONTH<br />

Our new year’s resolution<br />

is to end dementia stigma!<br />

Will you join us?<br />

We are happy to support<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s Awareness<br />

Free consultations - 519-336-6580<br />

www.feigedentureclinics.com<br />

That’s why the <strong>Alzheimer</strong><br />

<strong>Society</strong> of Sarnia-Lambton<br />

is partnering with The<br />

Sarnia Police Services and<br />

OPP to provide an<br />

opportunity for individuals living with dementia to be registered as someone<br />

at risk of going missing. Critical information collected provides searchers with<br />

quick access to key information to assist in locating the individual and<br />

returning them home safely.<br />

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519-491-6778<br />

Registration<br />

is easy!<br />

Let’s all do our part to help individuals with<br />

dementia live safely in our community.<br />

Simply call <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Sarnia-Lambton<br />

at 519 332 4444 to learn how.<br />

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What We Do - Programs & Services in Sarnia-Lambton<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> of Sarnia Lambton has many programs including:<br />

• Counselling Services<br />

• Care Navigation<br />

• Support Groups<br />

• Social Recreation Programs<br />

• Education Sessions for people living with dementia,<br />

families, care partners and healthcare professionals<br />

• Professional training programs<br />

• <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Mindful Music project<br />

• Peer-led support groups, and program support<br />

• Fundraising and Events<br />

• Online Programming (webinars, and social recreation)<br />

• Inter-professional collaboration and building community partnerships<br />

• Advocacy to support person with dementia to live well in our community<br />

INFORMATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAMS<br />

First Link Learning Series<br />

First Steps Workshop for persons with dementia to understand and address<br />

concerns about progression and changes they may experience.<br />

Next Steps for Families Workshop for care partners to better understand<br />

dementia symptoms and affects.<br />

Care Essentials Workshop Workshop on middle stages of dementia and<br />

understanding responsive behaviours, communication tips and best approach<br />

for care partners.<br />

Care in the Later Stages Workshop focusses on quality of life and end of life<br />

care for person living with dementia and support for care partners.<br />

Education for the Public that are open to anyone that would like to learn about<br />

dementia throughout Lambton County. Locations and topics change throughout<br />

the year. Can be booked for your organization. Some sessions we bring in<br />

outside guest speakers and experts on dementia care. Included in this education<br />

is Dementia Friendly Communities where you can learn how your organization<br />

can help people with dementia thrive in our community. Find Your Way program<br />

looks at safety for person living with dementia including our local Vulnerable<br />

Persons Registry with the police services.<br />

Topical Tuesdays are virtual session held weekly to help care partners to better<br />

understand dementia, improve care and care for themselves. The topic changes<br />

weekly and can be attended from the comfort of your home.<br />

TEACH® and CARERs® programs are developed by the Reitman Centre, Sinai<br />

Health Systems and our local facilitators lead this interactive group program<br />

helping care partners develop skills and strategies in care for the person living<br />

dementia.<br />

Support Groups for care partners & person living with dementia occur<br />

monthly giving and opportunity to share insights, concerns and support from<br />

peers and group facilitators. These groups are designed for the interests of the<br />

group including a support group specifically for care partners of someone with<br />

a frontotemporal dementia.<br />

Respite Services designed to provide in home activation, socialization and<br />

support for the person living with dementia as the care partner can take a break<br />

from daily care.<br />

ACTIVE LIVING PROGRAMS<br />

Minds in Motion®<br />

A social recreational program that<br />

incorporates physical and mental<br />

stimulation for people with early to<br />

middle stage dementia. This program<br />

is designed for the care partner to also<br />

take part. Options to attend virtually<br />

or in person. Thank you to Strangway<br />

Centre and Grace United Church for<br />

partnering for these sessions.<br />

Mindful Music<br />

Provides personalized music<br />

intervention to stimulate the long<br />

term memory of persons living with<br />

dementia while providing meaningful<br />

engagement, supporting self<br />

expression and identity.<br />

Forget Me Not Social Club<br />

A social networking opportunity for<br />

people living with dementia and their<br />

care partners to enjoy the company of<br />

others, and to get into the community<br />

to participate in planned activities<br />

Inspirational Moments<br />

An art based program that allows<br />

participants to access a tour of our<br />

newest exhibits and the Judith &<br />

Norman Alix Art Gallery. Explores<br />

art and conversation about specific<br />

artworks and then the groups has the<br />

opportunity to create their own art.<br />

Armchair Travelogue<br />

Sit back and enjoy traveling around<br />

the world from the comfort of your<br />

home. Virtual session take groups to<br />

different countries around the work<br />

to learn more, and discuss their new<br />

discoveries.<br />

For more information<br />

on any of our programs<br />

and services, call us at<br />

519-332-4444.<br />

Ways to reduce<br />

dementia stigma:<br />

Focus on what a person<br />

with dementia CAN do.<br />

Join in on our Active Living<br />

Programs including excercise,<br />

music, art, music, and travel<br />

(from the comfort of home) for<br />

persons living with dementia<br />

and their care partners.<br />

Contact Brooke at<br />

519-332-4444<br />

to learn more.<br />

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“Members of my peer<br />

support group are at every<br />

step of the dementia<br />

journey. We recognize each<br />

other's challenges and can<br />

provide understanding and<br />

real life suggestions under<br />

the expert guidance of<br />

knowledgeable staff.”<br />

“I have found the support my<br />

brother and I have received from<br />

the society has been invaluable.<br />

My brother wouldn't have coped<br />

as well as he has with his dementia<br />

and I wouldn't have been able to<br />

provide the care and support he<br />

needed without the expertise of<br />

the society. As our needs changed,<br />

the society staff knew next steps<br />

and how to support us.”<br />

What Our<br />

Clients<br />

Have Shared:<br />

“This group was there for me right<br />

at the peak of our family’s struggles<br />

and I still get very emotional talking<br />

about the bond that was created<br />

with each of us in the group.”<br />

“My brother and I have received support and used the resources<br />

of the society for approximately the last five years. The<br />

knowledgeable, skilled staff have helped us understand the<br />

challenges of dementia and find the other agencies and<br />

resources we need. My brother's dementia's symptoms have<br />

worsened and the staff have helped us every step of the way to<br />

keep him safe and calm. The support I have received when<br />

requested, and as part of a support group, has ensured that I can<br />

be there for my brother as his primary care giver.”<br />

“I have been extremely impressed with everyone I have<br />

encountered with the <strong>Society</strong> including yourself. You are<br />

caring, empathetic, positive and hard working.”<br />

“….my first line of support,<br />

even calling me to ‘check in’<br />

when I was at my worse,<br />

somehow she always knew I<br />

needed her calm, supportive<br />

words to get me through.<br />

Then I started educational<br />

classes and I never realized<br />

how the educational part<br />

would be so helpful. She<br />

gave me tools to use that<br />

were a life saver."<br />

“I felt like I was being welcomed with<br />

warm hearts and experience that<br />

was going to help me understand<br />

the difficulties of living with<br />

dementia in my life. My parents<br />

were struggling and I didn’t know<br />

how to help them. I can’t say<br />

enough about the help I received.”<br />

“Since my initial connection with the ASSL about two and a half<br />

years ago, they have been a constant support as my husband's<br />

cognitive condition continued to decline. Telephone check-ins and<br />

discussions, providing helpful materials and publications, and<br />

recent in-person meetings have been important contributions to<br />

my husband's care and my wellness. The staff of the ASSL are<br />

consummate professionals whose work is consistently<br />

characterized by kindness and a personal touch. The ASSL is a<br />

valuable asset in our community, fostering cooperation among<br />

relevant agencies and institutions, reaching out with public<br />

education, and creating a hopeful outlook on dementia care.”<br />

PROUD TO SUPPORT<br />

ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS<br />

BOB BAILEY<br />

MPP - Sarnia-Lambton<br />

CONSTITUENCY OFFICE<br />

805 Christina St. North, Suite 102<br />

Point Edward, ON N7V 1X6<br />

www.bobbaileympp.com<br />

Tel: (519) 337-0051<br />

Email: bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org<br />

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We all know someone living with dementia,<br />

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If your club or organization would like a<br />

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contact Christine at 519 332-4444<br />

or cwright@alzheimersarnia.ca<br />

In September 2021,<br />

ASSL launched our Young<br />

Leaders Collective (YLC),<br />

which is a community<br />

of passionate and driven<br />

individuals who want to<br />

change the lives of those<br />

affected by dementia<br />

and are invested in their<br />

own brain health. YLC’s<br />

core pillars are advocacy, networking,<br />

education, and community<br />

engagement.<br />

Throughout the first year, Members<br />

and Ambassadors networked with<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Senior Leadership<br />

and the Board of Directors at various<br />

events. They had the opportunity to<br />

participate in many fund development<br />

events such as OktBorderfest and our<br />

Worn and Buff It Custom Kitchen<br />

Lottery. After one year, we have 7<br />

inspiring Young Leaders.<br />

One such Young Leader is Nick<br />

Ravenhorst. Nick is 27 years old and<br />

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We asked Nick about his<br />

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he had to say: “I’ve had<br />

the opportunity to work<br />

side by side with other<br />

Young Leaders at concert<br />

events, participated in<br />

the promotion, and volunteered<br />

at big events. There has also been<br />

an education and networking<br />

component to this program. I’ve<br />

lived in Sarnia my entire life except<br />

for going to school in Toronto and I<br />

was looking for a way to give back to<br />

my community in a meaningful way.<br />

I would encourage anyone who is<br />

looking to give back to join the Young<br />

Leaders Collective.<br />

Our members are Kendyl Anderson,<br />

Jade Ray, Hannah D’Andrea, Meghie<br />

Smids, Sam Iaccino, Riley Smids and<br />

Nic Ravenhorst.<br />

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Our Case for Support<br />

By Marie Marcy-Smids<br />

You can help alleviate the<br />

personal and social consequences<br />

of <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease and other<br />

dementias. Dementia is not a normal<br />

part of aging.<br />

Many people experience some<br />

memory loss as they get older. But only<br />

a portion of people develop dementia<br />

that progresses from mild to severe<br />

over several years. Dementia, like<br />

any other health condition, requires<br />

treatment and interventions to allow<br />

the person affected to have the best<br />

quality of life possible. Each year the<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> of Sarnia-Lambton<br />

helps close to 1000 people live better<br />

with dementia.<br />

With few medical options to slow<br />

the progression of dementia and no<br />

cure, a diagnosis of dementia can feel<br />

hopeless and isolating. The services<br />

provided by the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

help to reduce the stigma associated<br />

with dementia and ensure people<br />

living with this disease have a network<br />

of support and the help they need to<br />

live well. Supports and services are<br />

provided to both the person living<br />

with dementia and their care partner<br />

to help them navigate the dementia<br />

journey from the very beginning.<br />

We have come a long way in the past<br />

five years, introducing new programs<br />

and services and doubling the number<br />

of clients we serve. However, our<br />

population is aging and the number<br />

of people living with dementia is<br />

expected to triple within the next 30<br />

years. We are already experiencing<br />

strain on our capacity to meet the<br />

needs of our clients, and we know this<br />

will only get worse.<br />

Wait times result in unnecessary<br />

hospital admission and early<br />

admission to long-term care<br />

Currently, our clients face waits of<br />

up to three weeks for intake. This is<br />

simply not acceptable. Many of those<br />

who reach out to us do so in the later<br />

stages of their dementia journey when<br />

they have reached a point of crisis; a<br />

time when they need service in that<br />

moment. If supports are not accessible<br />

at the time they are needed, the only<br />

option is to access service through the<br />

emergency department, resulting in<br />

hospital admission or early admission<br />

to long-term care. This situation<br />

is avoidable. Family care partners<br />

deserve better. People living with<br />

dementia deserve better, and you can<br />

help.<br />

The <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> of Sarnia-<br />

Lambton is fortunate to receive<br />

funding from Ontario Health, but it<br />

is not enough. It is not enough now,<br />

as we face a $250,000 deficit just to<br />

maintain our current service levels;<br />

and it will not be enough in the<br />

coming years as the need for service<br />

continues to grow. Your financial gift<br />

and support can directly affect our wait<br />

times for service and help us expand<br />

programming. It will directly improve<br />

the quality of life for both people living<br />

with dementia and their care partners.<br />

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Caregiver Resolutions<br />

Start by first telling yourself “I give myself<br />

permission to not keep the following<br />

resolutions or to keep them only partway.”<br />

& “I give myself permission to not be perfect.”<br />

• I will not try to maintain the impossible<br />

• I will be realistic about the illness<br />

• I will consider what can realistically change<br />

• I will ask for help from others & share the load<br />

• I will support myself like I am my own friend<br />

• I will accept help from others<br />

• I will ask for help from others<br />

• I will understand that I may not feel in control<br />

• I will look for humour in joy when I can<br />

• I will take care of myself too<br />

• I will contact the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

for support and information<br />

We were honoured to be<br />

recognized as the<br />

2022 Non-Profit<br />

Organization of the Year<br />

at the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber<br />

of Commerce Business<br />

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Ways You<br />

Can Donate<br />

There are so many ways to<br />

take action! Find out how to<br />

make a difference in your<br />

community and in the lives<br />

of people living with dementia by making a donation today.<br />

PLANNED GIFTS - By taking action and creating or updating your<br />

Will and Powers of Attorney, you will protect your family, your<br />

assets, save taxes and help in the fight against dementia. Your<br />

planned gift could be a bequest, gift of securities, gift of life<br />

insurance, major gift or other assets. Plan today for future<br />

distribution. Talk to your advisor.<br />

CORPORATE GIVING - We have many sponsorship opportunities<br />

throughout the year for various fundraising events, as well as<br />

in-office fundraising opportunities your team can participate in. Get<br />

your business involved today by fundraising (i.e. dress-down days,<br />

baked good sale, etc), Matching Gift program, Employee Charitable<br />

Giving program, Corporate Sponsorship or Hosting a Fundraising<br />

Event.<br />

MONTHLY GIVING - Monthly giving is an easy and convenient way<br />

to support the work we do, every month! It allows us to plan ahead,<br />

so that any gift, makes an ongoing difference in the lives of those<br />

living with dementia. Tax receipts are given annually.<br />

SPECIAL OCCASION GIVING (Wedding/Birthday/Tribute) - Use an<br />

event to help support people living with dementia and their families.<br />

Many of our supporters choose to give to ASSL in lieu of favours,<br />

gifts or flowers at special occasions. Our team can offer you a<br />

unique way to help celebrate your special day, making it a<br />

memorable, meaningful way to make a difference to the<br />

community. Ask Marie about Special Occassion giving today<br />

519-332-4444, mmarcy-smids@alzhiemersarnia.ca<br />

MEMORIAL GIFTS - Memorial donations to the <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong><br />

Sarnia Lambton are a significant way to pay tribute to a relative,<br />

friend or colleague who has passed away.<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> Sarnia-Lambton<br />

Julie Dobson<br />

on<br />

Photo: SLCC<br />

Melanie Bouck<br />

Donations can also be made online at www.canadahelps.org, over the<br />

phone (519-332-4444) with a major credit card, by mail or by dropping<br />

by our office. Cheques to <strong>Alzheimer</strong> <strong>Society</strong> of Sarnia-Lambton, 420<br />

East St North, Sarnia, ON N7T 6Y5. Receipts are issued for donations<br />

of $20.00 or more.<br />

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Memory loss that affects<br />

Sign1<br />

day-to-day abilities<br />

It is normal to occasionally forget<br />

appointments, colleagues’ names or a friend’s<br />

phone number only to remember them a<br />

short while later. However, a person with<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease may forget things more<br />

often or may have difficulty recalling<br />

information that has recently been learned.<br />

Difficulty performing<br />

Sign2<br />

familiar tasks<br />

Busy people can be so distracted from time<br />

to time that they may forget to serve part of<br />

a meal, only to remember about it later.<br />

However, a person with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease<br />

may have trouble completing tasks that have<br />

been familiar to them all their lives, such as<br />

preparing a meal or playing a game.<br />

Problems with<br />

Sign3<br />

language<br />

Anyone can have trouble finding the right<br />

word to express what they want to say.<br />

However, a person with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease<br />

may forget simple words or may substitute<br />

words such that what they are saying is<br />

difficult to understand.<br />

Disorientation in time<br />

Sign4<br />

and space<br />

It is common to forget the day of the week or<br />

ones destination - for a moment. But people<br />

with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease can become lost on<br />

their own street, not knowing how they got<br />

there or how to get home.<br />

10<br />

Impaired<br />

Sign5<br />

judgment<br />

From time to time, people may make<br />

questionable decisions such as putting off<br />

seeing a doctor when they are not feeling<br />

well. However, a person with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease may experience changes in judgment<br />

or decision-making, such as not recognizing a<br />

medical problem that needs attention or<br />

wearing heavy clothing on a hot day.<br />

Problems with abstract<br />

Sign6<br />

thinking<br />

From time to time, people may have<br />

difficulty with tasks that require abstract<br />

thinking, such as balancing a chequebook.<br />

However, someone with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease<br />

may have significant difficulties with such<br />

tasks because of a loss of understanding<br />

what numbers are and how they are used.<br />

Misplacing things<br />

Sign7<br />

Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or<br />

keys. However, a person with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease may put things in inappropriate<br />

places: for example, an iron in the freezer or<br />

a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.<br />

Is it <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease?<br />

WARNING<br />

SIGNS<br />

Changes in<br />

Sign<br />

8<br />

mood and behaviour<br />

Anyone can feel sad or moody from time to<br />

time. However, someone with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s<br />

disease can show varied mood swings - from<br />

calmness to tears to anger - for no apparent<br />

reason.<br />

Sign Changes in personality<br />

9<br />

Personalities can change in subtle ways over<br />

time. However, a person with<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease may experience more<br />

striking personality changes and can become<br />

confused, suspicious or withdrawn. Changes<br />

may also include lack of interest, fearfulness<br />

or acting out of character.<br />

Sign Loss of initiative<br />

10<br />

It is normal to tire of housework, business<br />

activities or social obligations, but most<br />

people regain their initiative. However, a<br />

person with <strong>Alzheimer</strong>’s disease may become<br />

passive and disinterested, and require cues<br />

and prompting to become involved.<br />

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The North Lambton Community<br />

Health Centre provides primary<br />

care, health promotion, community<br />

development and volunteerism. We<br />

work together with our system<br />

partners to maximize our<br />

resources.<br />

Our team focusses on assisting<br />

people to improve their wellbeing<br />

through better health and<br />

community inclusion. Our expertise<br />

in rural health and serving<br />

marginalized communities is one<br />

of our core strengths.<br />

SOME KEY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:<br />

• Zoom programs<br />

• In person programs<br />

(Indoor & Outdoor<br />

in spring/summer/fall)<br />

• Virtual appointments<br />

• Outreach to various<br />

community partners<br />

• Harm Reduction and Hep C services<br />

FOR INFORMATION ON PROGRAMS:<br />

Forest at 519-786-4545 ext.307<br />

Sarnia at 519-344-3017 ext.259<br />

Check out our website<br />

at www.nlchc.com<br />

Follow us on social media:<br />

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SERVICES AVAILABLE<br />

AT FOREST & SARNIA<br />

MENTAL WELLNESS<br />

• Opening Door Program<br />

• Living through Depression<br />

& Anxiety<br />

• Start Overcoming Stress<br />

• Sleep Happy<br />

• Anger Management<br />

• <strong>Alzheimer</strong>s caregiver<br />

support (Forest)<br />

FITNESS PROGRAMS<br />

• Low Impact Exercise<br />

• Yoga • Shibashi<br />

• Seated Chair exercise<br />

• Trail Walking • Walking Fit<br />

MASTER YOUR HEALTH<br />

• Living with a Chronic Disease<br />

• Living with Chronic Pain<br />

SOCIAL<br />

Coffee Time in Arkona, Forest,<br />

Kettle Point & Sarnia<br />

HEALTHY EATING<br />

• Garden Fresh Box<br />

• Teen Cuisine<br />

KIDS PROGRAMS<br />

• Cooking Buddies<br />

• Afterschool Programs<br />

NEW PARENTS<br />

• Baby’s First Foods<br />

• Breastfeeding support<br />

• Feeding supports<br />

OTHER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE:<br />

• Pulmonary Rehab Program<br />

• Falls Prevention Program<br />

• Cardiac Rehab Program<br />

Common Feelings of Persons<br />

Living with Dementia<br />

• Don’t point out my mistakes or<br />

continuously correct me.<br />

• Don’t rush me, give me more time.<br />

• Don’t talk over me or about me to others.<br />

• Remember my feelings can be hurt easily.<br />

• Remember to still include me.<br />

• Remember I am not faking my illness or<br />

bothering you on purpose.<br />

• Please don’t say you forgot too…<br />

it isn’t the same.<br />

When you are<br />

frustrated with me<br />

because of the<br />

things I cannot do...<br />

Just imagine how<br />

frustrated I must be<br />

because I’m not<br />

able to.<br />

Dementia “Don’t miss me in the middle.”<br />

N UMB E R<br />

I N F O R M<br />

F A M I L Y<br />

R E M I N D<br />

Find the answer below<br />

DEMENTIA<br />

FRIENDLY<br />

COMMUNITIES<br />

O N T A R I O<br />

The Dementia-Friendly Canada project is a partnership between<br />

<strong>Alzheimer</strong> Societies across the country. Providing free tools and<br />

resources towards building knowledge and confidence to support and<br />

include people affected by dementia to live well in our community.<br />

Would you like to support this cause?<br />

If your group, business, club, or organization<br />

would like to learn more about helping with<br />

this goal, contact Christine at 519-332-4444.<br />

Answer to<br />

Puzzle above:<br />

FRIEND<br />

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