Alzheimer Society Public Education Programs
Programs for the Community
Our Public Education Coordinator can provide answers to your questions about dementia and give you practical information on improving brain health. We can present to your community group, place of worship or service club.
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Our knowledgeable speakers include ASLM staff as well as experienced guest speakers within the healthcare and dementia fields, all of which are able to provide valuable insights and advice into some of the challenges one may face during the dementia journey.
Weldon Family Welcome and Resource Centre
The Resource Centre is open to the public where one can consult reference works, view videos, borrow materials and obtain free information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The Centre features:
- Lending library of books and videos
- Research journals and periodicals
- Children’s library
- Community resource information
- Sensory stimulation library with games and activities
- Internet kiosk
Access to the Collection
The Resource Centre is open from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday. Most resources can be loaned out at no charge for 3 weeks, with renewals available upon request. A maximum of 3 items are allowed on loan at any one time and borrowers are responsible for returning loaned materials in good condition. Borrowers will be charged for unreturned or damaged materials.
Elementary school-aged children are often close to their grandparents or other older relatives and are eager to learn about the brain, how it impacts behaviour and how they can empathize and assist the person living with dementia. Our program involves a one hour interactive session. Role play, memory games, FAQs and a children’s story about a grandparent and grandchild negotiating the dementia journey are all part of the teaching session.
Customized Education Programs
We can also be available in person with informative displays wellness, aging, health and work fairs in London and Middlesex.
*Please note that fees may apply for some educational programs.
Canadian Charter of Right for People with Dementia
Canadians living with dementia are entitled to the same human rights as every other Canadian, as
outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, stigma and discrimination are huge
barriers for people with dementia and often contravene these rights.
That’s why the Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to officially launch the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia . The landmark Charter is the culmination of over a year’s work by the Society’s Advisory Group of people with dementia, whose members represent different walks of life from across the country.
The Charter defines seven explicit rights to empower Canadians living with dementia to self-advocate, while also ensuring that the people and organizations that support them know and protect their rights.
Helpful Resources – Website Links
For Healthcare Professionals
ASLM offers a number of educational programs geared towards healthcare professionals who interact daily with persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. We offer a variety of programs to suit different interests and abilities – ranging from hands-on workshops to more traditional educational presentations. Our Public Education Coordinator is also able to customize a program specific to your intended audience to ensure that everyone is able to get the most out of the learning experience.
What is Dementia?
For a more information on normal aging versus dementia and on the various types of dementias, visit our national website www.alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia