|When a family member is diagnosed with any form of dementia, it can be frightening. Most of us do not know where to turn and may feel overwhelmed and not know what to do. You may not want to (or know how to) share the news with the rest of your family or friends.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and caring for a person with Alzheimer's can be extremely demanding, requiring significant time and energy on the part of the family caregiver.
Family caregivers are usually spouses and adult children and frequently find themselves alone and isolated from other family members and friends and they’re often reluctant to ask for help. They may find it difficult to do errands or everyday household tasks. In many cases, spouses tasked with caregiving are themselves elderly, and may have health issues of their own.
Family Caregivers are often those who most need support, advice and respite, and we provide programs, activities, education and training to help them care for their loved one and themselves.
If you’re a family caregiver, chances are you’re often the last to seek help, but you need more support and regular breaks from caregiving. Don’t wait, ask for help.
AGI is here to help. We’re here to listen and advise.
AGI is available to answer any questions you may have as a caregiver, offer personalized guidance and simply listen with compassion.
AGI Support Services for Caregivers:
Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm and Fridays from 9am-4pm.
AGI counselors will respond within 24 hours.
Individual /Family Counseling
At the early stage of the disease, learn strategies to help you cope with the diagnosis in a loved one. At every stage along the journey, AGI counselors offer practical information in resolving obstacles and a shoulder to lean on.
Support Groups for Caregivers
Support groups provide a safe environment where participants can discuss changes in the lifestyle and the day-to-day challenges of being a caregiver. The groups foster interpersonal relationships creating empathy with others who are going through a similar care giving experience.
Spousal groups and adult children groups are run separately.
For more information, call 514-485-7233.
AGI’s Safety Net Program
A unique mentorship program tailored to support family caregivers
AGI’s Safety Net Program focuses on the caregiver
This unique and innovative program pairs family caregivers with experienced, trained volunteer mentors who provide guidance, encouragement and a listening ear throughout the caregiving journey.
If you are a family caregiver helping a loved one and you’re not sure if you are “doing the right thing”, being paired with a trained mentor who is compassionate and understands what you are experiencing will improve your outlook and can be life-altering. Your mentor will support you on a regular basis, provide guidance and education about community resources, while helping you obtain information about available services. The Safety Net program coordinator oversees the program and strives to provide a supportive and meaningful caregiver experience.
AGI is always looking for great mentors! Are you interested in becoming a mentor?
- You're compassionate and want to help
- You have caregiving experience
- You understand Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
- You can offer support on a regular basis
Then you could be a wonderful mentor!
Contact Maude for more information:
514-485-7233 or Maude@agiteam.org
Click HERE for a downloadable copy of AGI's Safety Net Brochure
Respite for Caregivers
Caregiver burnout is a serious matter. It is important for caregivers to have time for themselves to recharge their batteries and focus on their own needs. AGI provides two programs that actively engage the clients' afflicted with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, while allowing caregivers a much needed break.
• Aisenstadt Activity Centre
The AGI Aisenstadt Activity Centre provides caregivers with a few hours of respite while their loved one is enjoying the activities at the Centre. Caregivers can leave or relax in the lounge.
For more information, or to book an appointment for an assessment, call 514-485-7233.
Please click HERE for a downloadable copy of the Aisenstadt Activity Centre brochure
• Young Onset Dementia Social Group - the first of its kind in Quebec!
Young Onset Dementia (or Early Onset Dementia) refers to any form of dementia diagnosed in people under age 65. Younger people with dementia and their families have unique issues. At the time of diagnosis, the person may be working, have dependent children still living at home and have many financial responsibilities. Families may deal with multiple losses and changes, including future plans and income and the need to adjust roles and relationships. Friendships change since people may not know how to respond to a younger person with dementia, often leaving the family feeling isolated and frightened.
AGI’s unique program is specifically tailored for those individuals under 65 years of age who have been diagnosed with dementia. This innovative program provides an opportunity to socialize with peers while engaging in meaningful activities that meet unique and particular needs. An evening support group is also offered for family caregivers affording them the opportunity to share their concerns.
For more information about our Young Onset Social Group, please call Maude at 514-485-7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Fruchter Respite-on-Wheels™
AGI can also bring respite to your home with the Fruchter Respite-on-Wheels Program™. Trained professional home care workers provide meaningful, stimulating activities to diagnosed individuals living at home.
For more information, please call 514-485-7233
Click HERE for a downloadable copy of the program brochure.
• Men in the Kitchen
A delicious new program that combines a slice of respite, a dash of camaraderie and a cup full of new cooking skills!
AGI’s newest program aims to get male caregivers more comfortable in the kitchen while offering them respite and a chance to get out and enjoy themselves!
It’s a great opportunity for male caregivers to finesse their kitchen skills, learn some new cooking tricks and spend some quality time with other men.
Offered over an 8 week period, participants take part in a cooking group for a three hour session. A team of facilitators, made up of an AGI Counsellor, a Provigo Culinary School Representative and an Instructional Chef, accompany and guide participants through simple, quick and delicious meal preparation focusing on good nutrition.
Each three hour session offers 10 – 12 participants:
- A welcoming meet and greet with a team of facilitators including an AGI Counsellor, a Provigo Culinary School Representative, and an Instructional Chef.
- A walk through Provigo to select the ingredients and items for the day’s recipes. Participants learn how to purchase and select grocery items with the guidance of the facilitators.
- Participants then prepare the ingredients for the meal together in small groups of 3 or 4. The Chef demonstrates preparation techniques, aiding each group as needed.
- The participants cook the recipes for the day: there’s always a starter, an entrée and a yummy dessert!
- A sit-down lunch to enjoy each other’s company, and share the nutritious meal they’ve just made together.
- After the cooking class, participants have an opportunity to purchase the grocery items they need to make the recipes at home.
For more information, or to sign up for Men in the Kitchen: 514-485-7233 or email@example.com
Caregiver Education and Training
AGI offers Montreal's most in-depth curriculum for learning about caring for someone with dementia. AGI has a course for every caregiver, family and professional, at every step along the way. Attestations will be provided, upon request, for LPN licensing hours.
• AGI's Alzheimer 101 Training
This intensive 8-hour course covers a broad range of topics, from the signs and symptoms of dementia to helpful strategies for communicating, interacting and managing challenging behaviors of loved ones affected with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The course is open both to family members and paid home caregivers.
This informative training program is designed for small groups, and is a dynamic and interactive way to learn about the disease. An attestation will be awarded upon completion of the program.
For more information or to register for the Alzheimer 101Training program, please call 514-485-7233.
• AGI's Alzheimer 201 and Specialized Training sessions
AGI's Alzheimer 201 is an 8 hour advanced training course for family and professional caregivers that provides a more in-depth look into caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Pre-requisite: AGI Alzheimer’s 101
AGI's Specialized Training Sessions focus more in-depth on particular issues caregivers may experience while caring for someone with dementia.
For more information or to register for these training programs, please call 514-485-7233.
Our next series of workshops and courses begins in February 2017, and runs through April, 2017.
AGI’s Winter Education Schedule
The complete list of AGI's winter course schedule can be downloaded HERE.
Part 1, Thursday, February 9, 9am-1pm
Part 2, Thursday, February 16, 9am-1pm
This enormously popular 8-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, adapt to behavioural challenges and diffuse challenging situations.
Weekend Workshop: Alzheimer 101
Saturday, February 25, 9am-4pm
Unavailable during the week? Then our Weekend Workshops are for you!
This enormously popular 7-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, adapt to behavioural challenges and diffuse challenging situations. Bring a bagged lunch (refrigerator and microwave are available).
Communication Skills Workshop
Wednesday, March 1, 10am - 1pm
It is estimated that in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, people comprehend about one in four of the words they hear. Given such serious language impairment, how can we communicate effectively? This 3-hour course provides participants with the tools needed to make good communication a reality.
Diffusing Extreme Emotional Reactions and Managing Dangerous Behaviours
Part 1, Tuesday, March 14, 9am-1pm
Part 2, Tuesday, March 21, 9am-1pm
This 8-hour, hands-on workshop allows caregivers to practice skills needed to calm catastrophic reactions and to understand and manage responsive behaviours.
Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia
Part 1, Thursday, March 30, 10am - 1pm
Part 2, Thursday, April 6, 10am - 1pm
This 7-hour course provides home caregivers with the skills to be successful planning for meaningful activities at home and teaches an activity mind-set that gets necessary tasks done.
Part 1, Thursday, April 13, 9am - 1pm
Part 2, Thursday, Apil 20, 9am-1pm
From time to time, all caregivers need to go back to the basics, applying AGI’s caregiving principles to their unique situations. Participants in our 8-hour Alzheimer 201 course refresh their knowledge and problem-solve real-life challenges.
Prerequisite: Alzheimer 101.
To Register, call 514-485-7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The complete list of AGI's winter course schedule can be downloaded HERE.
Conference and Lectures
Our annual Education and Awareness Conferences provide ongoing education about Alzheimer's and dementia to families and professional caregivers. Guest speakers discuss topics relevant to Alzheimer’s and related dementias, teach new caregiving approaches and share findings in research, detection, treatment and prevention, providing pertinent information to professional and family caregivers alike.
AGI's Education Conferences
These annual conferences take place in late fall, usually in November and feature guest experts in the field of dementia, teaching new techniques approaches to help family and professional caregivers alike.
AGI's Marva Whyte Alzheimer Awareness Conferences
AGI’s yearly Awareness Conference is open to the public at large and features a panel of renowned doctors and other experts reporting on the latest developments in Alzheimer treatment and prevention. There is also an interactive question and answer period for specific questions.
AGI’s Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture Series
AGI hosts engaging monthly lectures in both Montreal and Pointe-Claire, featuring guest speakers discussing specialized and relevant topics related to dementia.
These lectures are tailored for family caregivers, giving them the tools to enhance their lives with their loved one. We invite experts in each area to address caregivers and family members eager to learn more about these important issues.
Lectures are free and open to the public.
2017 Topics may include: Facilitating Nutrition and Mealtime, Mandates, Communication, Warning signs you may need more home support, Caring for the caregiver, etc.
• West Island Location compliments of the City of Pointe Claire
• Special appreciation for the generosity of the Lindsay Memorial Foundation
Limited Space. PRE-REGISTRATION required
514 485-7233 or email@example.com.
Download the 2017 Lindsay Memorial Foundation dates and times for Montreal and the West Island HERE.