What's New at AGI
 
 

Every month is Alzheimer Awareness Month!

AGI is committed to providing excellence in dementia education and training to family caregivers and professional care providers through the Lassner Institute of Learning. 

 

Coming Soon! 


 
 
 

Special Event! 
February 8 at 7pm  - Cinema du Parc 


Click here to purchase tickets to this special screening!

What's life like for young caregivers of parents with dementia? 

MUCH TOO YOUNG

This touching documentary by Christopher Wynn and Russell Gienapp reveals the intense relationships between children and their parents living with Alzheimer's and shows how living with the disease alters the family dynamic, taking a toll on everyone within the family unit. 

Presented in partnership with AGI and Alzheimer's Society of Montreal

Call AGI for more information: 514-485-7233
 

 

 
2018 Lindsay Memorial Lecture Series 

Pointe-Claire -  Monday, February 12
Arthur Séguin Chalet, 365 Saint Louis Ave., Pointe-Claire, H9R 2A1 

 

Addressing Challenges with Activities of Daily Living in Dementia Care

Speaker: Joan Foster, BN, Community Nurse Specializing in Home Care
Montreal -  Thursday, February 22

5555 Westminster, Suite 304, Montreal, H4W 2J2
 

Addressing Challenges with Activities of Daily Living in Dementia Care

Speaker: Meghan Williams, MSW, Director of Support Services, AGI 
 
   

The Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture Series - 2018 

 
   
 
   
AGI hosts engaging monthly lectures in both Montreal and Pointe-Claire on the West Island, 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.
Lectures are in English only 
  

 
Two Locations:
- Pointe-Claire location: Arthur-Séguin Chalet, 365 St Louis Avenue, Pointe-Claire, H9R 2A1
- Montreal location: AGI Offices, 5555 Westminster, Suite 304, Montreal, H4W 2J2
 
• West Island Location compliments of the City of Pointe Claire
• Special appreciation for the generosity of the Lindsay Memorial Foundation
 
Click here for the entire 2018 Lindsay Memorial Lecture Schedule 
 

 
 

 
 

AGI Lassner Institute of Learning: 

Training Courses on Dementia Caregiving

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.
Attestations for LPN licensing hours will be provided upon request.
 

Experiencing dementia through your senses


Thursday, February 15
10 am - 1 pm


This 3-hour workshop explores the five sensory changes associated with dementia. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain insight into how people living with dementia experience the world.
Cost $40
 

Places are limited - be sure to register early! 514-485-7233

 
Download the entire Winter 2018 course schedule here.
 
AGI's Winter Training Course schedule:
 
Managing your Stress as a Caregiver
 
Tuesday, February 27
1 pm - 4 pm

 
 “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

 
Communication Skills Workshop
 
Thursday, March 1
6 pm - 9 pm    
 
                         
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, individuals understand 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 meaningful communication a reality. Cost $40


Diffusing Extreme Reactions and Behaviours
 
Part 1: 9:30 am—1:30 pm
Friday, March 23
Part 2: 9:30 am—1:30 pm

This 8-hour hands-on workshop allows caregivers to practice skills needed to calm catastrophic reactions and to understand and manage responsive behaviours. 
Cost $90

 
AGI’s Alzheimer 101

Friday, April 13 
Part 1: 9:30 am—1:30 pm
Friday, April 20  
Part 2: 9:30 am—1:30 pm

 This popular 8-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. Understand how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, and adapt to behavioural challenges, as well as how to diffuse challenging situations. Cost $90
 


 
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
 

 
 
  This fun and very delicious program combines a slice of respite, a dash of camaraderie and a cup full of new cooking skills!

Caregivers in the Kitchen aims to get 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 caregivers to finesse their kitchen skills, learn some new cooking tricks and spend some quality time with others.

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 the next session of Caregivers in the Kitchen: 514-485-7233 or info@agiteam.org