Care Partner Support Space


Welcome to ASLM’s Care Partner Support Space.  You can navigate through our new Take What You Need self care section, view tips and strategies to help you out while you are in the home and access our Support Groups!  

Be sure to check out our new What Your Social Worker Wants You To Know section for helpful information and resources directly from Alzheimer Society social workers.

We hope you find a space that can help you through these unexpected times.

Take What You Need


Start where you are, use what you have and do what you can. Self-care is necessary to ensure that you as a care partner maintain good health, produce positive feelings and stay motivated. Your needs are important. Keeping up with your own hobbies, interests and activities is essential. This page is dedicated to you as a care partner, ensuring that your cup is always full.

Daily Themes

Gratitude Garden – Let’s practice gratitude to ourselves, appreciate good things, and be in the moment. Journal prompts, breathing exercises, reading resources and more can be found here!

Brain Power Center – Sudoku, dance classes, recipes, trivia and more are some exercises found here to keep our brains active and sharp!

Education Station – “You learn something new every day!” Check out this page for fun facts, links to documentaries, and puzzles.

Creativity Corner – Create with the heart, build with the mind. Grab your paint brushes and let your creativity flow with lots of great activities and projects!

Adventure Avenue – Escape and the breathe the air of new activities and places. Find activities such as travel diaries, scavenger hunts and exercises here to let your mind explore.

May 23 – 29

Gratitude Garden

WATCH

  • Start by learning– what is mindfulness?

While the practice of mindfulness has only began to gain popularity in recent years, every one of us has always had the potential to tap into this ‘superpower’. Start with this short animated video from Happify– “Why Mindfulness is a Superpower”
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READ

WRITE

  • This short mindfulness journaling activity taps into all your senses; take this time to observe your thoughts and be present in your surroundings.

MOVE

  • Chair Yoga for Seniors & Mindful Breathing by Inner Light Yoga
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Brain Power Centre

WATCH

  • The great brain debate by Ted Altschuler presented by TED-Ed

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“Throughout history, scientists have proposed conflicting ideas on how the brain carries out functions like perception, memory, and movement. Is each of these tasks carried out by a specific area of the brain? Or do multiple areas work together to accomplish them? Ted Altschuler investigates both sides of the debate”

 PLAY

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BRAIN CHEMICALS – DOPAMINE

  • There are four major chemicals in the brain that influence our happiness: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphins

For four weeks, lets focus on activating each chemical at a time!

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  • This week, celebrate the small wins, complete a task, take time for self-care, and eat a good meal:

Take a look at supercook.com where you can find any delicious recipe using what you already have in your fridge!

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Education Station

TRY

  • Have you ever wanted to learn another language, or brush up on your skills? It’s never too late to start! Check out duolingo.com, with over 30 languages you can start to learn right now

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LISTEN

  • Ology (ol·o·gy): a subject of study; a branch of knowledge. Pick an ‘ology’ episode from the list down below and learn more about an area of interest!

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“Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.”

PLAY

  • Try this Quiz, ‘Which Came First’, from Google Arts and Culture and see if you can compare these moments in time!

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WATCH

  • Ideasthesia: How do ideas feel? by Danko Nikolić, Presented by TED-Ed

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Creativity Corner

EXPLORE

  • 10 Museums You can Explore Right Here Right Now
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WATCH

  • A Powerful Way to Unleash Your Natural Creativity by Tim Harford, presented by TED
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TRY

  • Grab a pen, paper, and try these 7 Fun Exercises to quickly improve creative thinking 
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Adventure Avenue

LISTEN

  • 5 minutes of earth podcast. 5-minute snippets of facts and tips for helping our planet. This episode discusses household waste, including what happens to everyday items once they’re thrown in the bin.
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  • Louis Armstrong ‘What a Wonderful World’
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  • Inspirational quote of the day presented by Pinterest:

    “Nature sings a song perfectly in tune with our own soul, but if we do not embrace silence, we will miss it.”

EXPLORE

  • Explore Google Earth’s Voyager, and travel to different parts of the world from your living room! This week, look at reducing plant extinction and fly around the world to find some of these remote wilderness areas which are home to rare and endangered plants.
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Please Note:

We ask that you make sure when you participate virtually in exercise programs you take care to create a place that is clutter-free and safe for you. Make sure you have proper footwear and the area is clear.

Also, please only participate as much as your body feels comfortable – this is intended to be a program to gently move your body – so don’t push yourself beyond what feels okay. If you’d rather not participate but want to just be here and watch, that is totally fine too!

What Your Social Worker
Wants You To Know


Caring for someone living with dementia often means taking on many different roles.

The social work team wants you to know how important it is for you to take care of yourself and show yourself compassion. Below are resources for self care, self compassion and ongoing support. As the old saying goes, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

To view previous tips, head to the archive.

Caring for the Care partner- This guide looks at the role, health and well being of care partners:

McCormick Dementia Services right here in London have some great videos with practical tips and strategies for care partners: 

Care Partner
Resources


Upcoming Support Groups


Pre-registration is required to participate. Groups are held on Zoom and can be accessed online or by phone.

TO REGISTER:  Email ascotland@alzheimerlondon.ca and identify the specific group you would like to register for.

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