Dementia is a syndrome consisting of a number of symptoms that include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour. These symptoms may affect a person’s ability to function at work, in social relationships or in day-to-day activities.
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, accounts for 64% of all dementias in Canada. (Material sourced from Alzheimer Society of Toronto www.alzheimertoronto.org )
Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia (workshop)
An introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia including what is Alzheimer’s disease, the differences between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and some of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia: Changing Assumptions
Improve your understanding of dementia & Alzheimer’s disease, best practices and the resources available for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities exhibiting dementia.
What is Dementia
Dementia is a syndrome consisting of a number of symptoms that include loss of memory, judgment and reasoning, and changes in mood and behaviour. These symptoms may affect a person’s ability to function at work, in social relationships or in day-to-day activities. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_whatIsDementia.htm
What is Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which causes thinking and memory to become seriously impaired. It is the most common form of dementia. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_whatIsAD.htm
Alzheimer’s Disease and Down Syndrome
Almost all people with Down syndrome who live into their 40s and beyond will develop the abnormal brain changes (the plaques and tangles) that characterize the brain in Alzheimer’s disease. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_riskFactors_DownSyndrome.htm
The Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease – Stages
This is a five-part series on the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and is written for the person with the disease, their family and caregivers. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_ProgressionAD.htm
Aspects of Daily Living
There are many things to consider from personal care and safety to effective communication techniques. We have a few tips to help you cope with some of the many challenges you face day to day. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_dailyLiving.htm
Ethics is that aspect of human thought and behaviour that is guided by standards and principles of right conduct. It involves the commitment to do the right thing. Ethical decision-making is guided by values, which are beliefs that influence attitudes, actions, choices and decisions. Each person may view an ethical issue differently. Each person’s view of an ethical issue is shaped by many factors, including a person’s life history and culture. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ti_introductionEthics.htm
Treatment – Drugs available in Canada
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and no treatment that will stop its progression. However, several medications are available that can help with some symptoms. These medications can slow down the decline of memory, language and thinking abilities. www.alzheimertoronto.org/ad_drugTreatments.htm
Early detection screening tool
U-First! is a proven and effective approach to working with people with dementia. Through dialogue and a case-based approach, learners will have more confidence in working with people with responsive behaviours. Training is especially designed for people working in community care, acute care, and long-term care. For more information visit
Me & U-First! Online Training Program
The Alzheimer Society Music Project
The Alzheimer Society Music Project was created in response to overwhelming evidence showing the beneficial effects of music and stimulation on people living with dementia.
Through the Music Project, personalized playlists are provided to support a person living with dementia and improve their quality of life at no cost to eligible families.
Project Participants Receive: One iPod & charging accessory, One set of over-the-ear headphones and free music setup. http://musicproject.ca/
Alive Inside Clip of Henry
This is an excerpt from Alive Inside, a documentary about the Music and Memory nonprofit project, a film by Michael Rossato-Bennett. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG7X-cy9iqA
The Toronto Dementia Network
The Toronto Dementia Network collects, organizes and disseminates information about dementia related services and events in Toronto. It is a widely used resource directory funded by the Toronto Alzheimer’s Association. http://www.dementiatoronto.org/