Thank you for this opportunity to let you know what we are doing in your community…and the great need we are trying to meet during this pandemic.
Long before “social distancing” was a part of our daily vocabulary, those facing dementia knew exactly what it meant. So many people living with dementia have felt isolated from friends, families and communities and especially so during this health crisis. The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region has been a lifeline for people living with dementia as a way to get support, connect and learn—something that is vital in their quest to live the best life possible.
COVID-19 won’t stop us. Since our communities have had to isolate to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Alzheimer Society has been hard at work to ensure our essential programs and supports remain in place. Specifically, we are working tirelessly to move our face-to-face interactions with clients to a digital platform. Our family support team is reaching out to clients by phone and video chat, as well as offering support groups, educational workshops and social & recreation programs by Zoom or the website.
As well, we are putting together “activity boxes” that include memory games, small exercise equipment, deck of cards, food guide & recipes, information and resources, etc. These will be delivered to our most vulnerable population – those isolated with limited family support. This is where you come in…your financial support will help us support those in Durham Region where your membership has invested so much time and effort. At a cost of $30/box and with a target of 200 clients, our immediate need is $6,000.
Contact me should you need more information on supporting our efforts in Durham Region. People with dementia and their care partners thank you!
Nada Loughead -Partnership Development Officer
1600 Stellar Dr (formerly Champlain Ave), Suite 202
Whitby, ON L1N 9B2
Phone: 905-576-2567 ext 5226 Toll Free: 1-888-301-1106