What's New at AGI
 
 

AGI Lassner Institute of Learning: 

Courses on Dementia Caregiving for Family Members and Professional Caregivers

AGI offers Montreal’s most in-depth curriculum for learning about caring for someone who has dementia. 
From courses that teach basic knowledge and principles for interaction, to specialized trainings that focus more in-depth
on particular issues in dementia caregiving, AGI has a course for every caregiver
(family members and professionals) at every step along the way.


Places are limited - Register Early!  514-485-7233


Download the entire Autumn 2017 course schedule here.
 

AGI Fall Training Schedule:
 
AGI Alzheimer 101:      

Part 1: Thursday, September 28 -- 9:30am -1:30pm
Part 2: October 5  -- 9:30 -1:30pm
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. Cost $90
 
Managing Your Stress as a Caregiver: Wednesday, October 18  -- 10am - 1pm

“You need to take care of yourself.” This common advice for caregivers is often given but rarely taken, because we simply don’t know how. This course will explore the dangers of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, ways to prevent them, and steps to treat them when they occur. Cost $40
 

Meaningful Activities for People with Dementia

Part 1: Friday, October 27--  9:30am-1pm                        
Part 2: Friday, November 3 --  9:30am-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. $80
 
Communication Skills workshop: Thursday, November 16  -- 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. Cost $40
 
Alzheimer 101 d’AGI   (en français)

Mardi,  28 novembre -- Partie 1 :  9h à 13h
Mardi,   5 décembre -- Partie 2 : 9h à 13h

Ce cours de 8 heures enseigne les principes de base dans les  soins de troubles de mémoire et autres troubles connexes.  Vous allez comprendre comment la démence affecte le cerveau, comment communiquer, interagir et s’adapter aux défis comportementaux et gérer ces situations difficiles.  Cout $90

Becoming an Expert with Daily Care:

Friday, December 8 10am -1pm

One of the hardest challenges for caregivers is hygiene and assisted daily living (ADL). This 3hr course will introduce practical tips for daily care including dressing, toileting, and bathing. Participants will work together to become comfortable with the Positive Physical Approach. Cost $40
 

Download the entire Autumn 2017 course schedule here. 


Register Today!  Call 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org

 

 
 
 

Linking Generations through Song 

AGI's unique Sunday Singing Group continues!    


The New Session begins on Sunday, September 10, 2017 

Thanks to a Federal New Horizon’s Grant, we’re enriching our community with an intergenerational music program.
Individuals with dementia, accompanied by a caregiver and their grandchildren are invited twice a month on Sunday to AGI’s Activity Centre to sing and socialize.  

The Linking Generations through Song program, led by a music therapist and AGI professional, provides participants with a positive, meaningful activity in a friendly, informal setting two Sundays a month (a day on which no services are offered in our community).  The program allows youngsters and those with dementia to connect in a non-competitive way that plays on the strengths and that comes naturally to both – song.  


The New Session begins on Sunday, September 10, 2017 


Register Today! Call 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org 

 

 
 
 

AGI’s Ongoing Services

 

The Aisenstadt Activity Centre


AGI's Activity centre operates 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year and provides stimulation and socialisation for people with cognitive impairments. 

All activities focus on enhancing individual abilities while compensating for unique difficulties. Every individual has different needs, and activities are tailored to the individual's age and state of progression. The dynamic team includes recreational therapists, art therapists, music specialists, social workers, students and volunteers.

For more information on AGI's Activity Centre's schedule - 514-485-7233
 

 
 
 

AGI'S Spousal Caregiver Support Groups


Ongoing - Mondays, 10:30 am- 12:00 noon (bi-weekly)

Ongoing - Wednesdays, 10am to 11:30 ( bi-weekly)


All Support Groups take place at AGI's office at 5555 Westminster Ave., Suite 304, Montreal H4W 2J2


For more information, please contact 514-485-7233

 
 
 

AGI's Lassner Instute of Learning 

Are you caring for someone with dementia?


AGI’s Alzheimer 101 and our Alzheimer's Specialized Training series
Offered regularly, these interactive training courses give family and home care providers positive techniques and solutions to help face the challenges of caring for someone with dementia. Courses cover a wide range of topics, emphasizing practical knowledge that you can apply on a day-to-day basis. You will learn to anticipate challenges, communicate better, reduce and diffuse conflict and react appropriately when your loved-one is confused or disoriented.

AGI courses can be used towards LPN licensing hours. 

Cost: $90 each training course
Location: AGI’s Boardroom, 5555 Westminster Ave., Suite 304, Montreal, QC H4W 2J2

Contact AGI for more information, or to find out the dates of the next training course schedule.
 

 
 
 

AGI’s Safety Net Mentorship Program for Caregivers


Safety Net is a free service that offers support, encouragement and an attentive ear to family caregivers.

Safety Net is a unique mentorship program specifically designed to help the family caregiver through the caregiving journey. Caring Mentors, trained by AGI guide the caregiver in navigating the healthcare system, accessing community services and planning for the future.
This innovative program pairs caregivers with trained mentors and gives them guidance and support throughout their caregiving journey. 

AGI is looking for more mentors to help caregivers! 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!

For more details, please contact Maude at 514-485-7233 or maude@agiteam.org


For more information about our Safety Net Program, please call 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org

Click here for a downloadable pdf brochure
 

 
 
 

Young Onset Dementia Social Group

Register for the Fall Session today!   
We're looking for volunteers!

AGI offers an ongoing weekly social group for those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia (a diagnosis before age 65) It’s an opportunity to engage in age-appropriate sports and creative activities.

Groups are offered in French and English

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 Meghan at 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org
 

 
 
 

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 info@agiteam.org