The purpose of the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka is to ease the personal and social consequences of the disease and other dementias, and to promote the search for a cause and cure.
Caregiver Support groups meet each month to provide educational information, share concerns and discuss issues that affect many caregivers coping with the effects of Alzheimer Disease. Anyone is welcome to attend and no pre-registration is required. For more information, click here.
Groups, which are held:
- 1st Thursday at 2:00pm at Leisureworld Muskoka, Gravenhurst;
- 2nd Thursday at 10:00am at the Bracebridge United Church;
- 3rd.Tuesday at 1:30pm at The Friends in Parry Sound
- 4th Thursday at 2:00pm at Fairvern Nursing Home Huntsville.
There is also a Peer Support Group for people with Alzheimer disease and other dementias, held in Gravenhurst and Huntsville. Phone the office to pre-arrange attendance for these two programs.
Crisis counseling is available for family and individuals. As well, the Alzheimer Society of Muskoka has a Volunteer Respite program for caregivers.
Caregivers, people with dementia, friends and others meet for dinner, support, understanding and humour, once ea. month in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville. Call the office for details on the 'Company of Good Cheer.'
The Wandering Persons Registry, in cooperation with the Ontario Provincial Police and Community Policing, is designed to assist families when and if the Alzheimer person wanders and becomes lost. An identification bracelet is provided at no cost.
The Alzheimer Society of Muskoka provides educational services including an extensive lending library of books, videos, tapes, articles and fact sheets available at no cost. A staff member can be requested to speak to organizations in the community. There is a Resource Centre for professionals, as well as in-service training. Students can also use the Resource Centre, and there is a public and secondary school education program.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO) is the province's leading care and research charity committed to helping people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by providing care, support, information and education for people living with dementia. Also by funding research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s, and by educating decision-makers about the need for improved health care services and qualified health care workers to support people with dementia.
Staff and volunteers in 38 Alzheimer Societies across Ontario provide support programs, educational resources and referral services to ease the burden of care and improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Services are free for as long as they are needed. Below are a number of services offered:
- Memory clinics for early detection
- Education and information sessions
- Support groups
- Private and family counselling
- Respite care – short term overnight stays to alleviate caregiver burden
- Art and music programs
The Alzheimer Society National Research Program, a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), its provincial affiliates, partners and donors provides Research Grants and Training Awards to support the vital work of Canadian investigators in:
- Biomedical research into the causes and cure for Alzheimer's disease
- Research into social and psychological aspects of the disease, including caregiving, family support and long-term care.
ASO is also a co-founder and lead funder of the Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases (at the University of Toronto). The Centre provides international leadership in research, education and discovery related to neurodegenerative diseases.