There are many feelings that accompany a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related disorder and it can be difficult to discuss your concerns with family members or close friends.
Speaking with an AGI counselor will help you find ways to continue living as normal a life as possible, maintain a certain quality of life, be proactive, plan for the future and give you a chance to talk about any other issues you may have.
Here are several ways that AGI can help:
HELP Line: 514-485-7233
Monday to Thursday from 9am-5pm
Fridays from 9am-4pm.
Our counselors will do their best to respond within 24 hours.
One-on-One meeting with a specialized counselor
All meetings are confidential.
Professionally trained counselors help guide you (and your family) through the Alzheimer journey.
During the early stages of the disease, you can learn strategies to help you remember, empower yourself, and enhance your quality of life.
Young onset dementia Social Group
• 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 Meghan at 514-485-7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Programs to Stay Active
Research shows that socializing helps to improve quality of life. AGI takes care in creating activities and interests that are suitable for you.
At whatever point or stage you may be in your journey through Alzheimer’s, maintaining existing skills can give you pleasure and boost your confidence. For this reason, it is important to find activities that you enjoy doing.
Activities enhance individual abilities and AGI offers a variety of programs to help you stay active. These programs and activities are designed to be adapted or adjusted, depending on changing interests and needs.
Many beneficial activities are the simple, everyday tasks that many of us take for granted, which may be enjoyed as a solitary pastime, or in pairs or small groups. Simple activities such as taking a walk, polishing a pair of shoes, listening to the radio or looking after a pet can also help give pleasure and bring purpose to the day.
Aisenstadt Activity Centre
The Aisenstadt Activity Centre is open to anyone in the greater Montreal area diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.
Operating 5 days a week, with activity programs Monday through Friday - AGI’s Aisenstadt Activity Centre provides stimulation and socialization for people with cognitive impairments. The programs offered focus on five areas: Cognitive, Physical, Sensory, Creative, Social.
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 stage of progression. The dynamic team includes recreational therapists, art therapists, music specialists, social workers, students and volunteers.
For a pdf copy of the Aisenstadt Activity Centre brochure, please click HERE.
To register for one or two weekly sessions, please call us at 514-485-7233
Aisenstadt Activity Centre - Intergenerational Program
At AGI, we strive to provide excellent programming for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. To this end, in addition to our regular day programs in the Aisenstadt Activity Centre, we also offer three intergenerational programs designed to engage our clients with a larger, extended community.
• Learning to Care
An Intergenerational Art Program that aims to educate elementary school students about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and to create a social opportunity for clients at AGI. The program is designed for Grade 4 to Grade 6 students.
• Our Community, Our Stories
This innovative program was created to honour, preserve and share stories from the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. It promotes a holistic view of people affected by Alzheimer's, within their families and the community. We share audio recordings of our clients recounting a portion of their life story with high schools in the community. Students are then invited to create artistic pieces inspired by these accounts.
• AGI and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Clients and care givers attend monthly group visits to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Together they enjoy a private tour, an art discussion and a hands-on workshop in one of the museums newly renovated art studios. Novice and seasoned artists and those who appreciate art are always welcome.
For more information on the Intergenerational Programs, please call us at 514-485-7233
Fruchter Respite-on-Wheels Program™
This program is mainly designed, though not exclusively, for those clients who are confined to their homes and cannot afford professional assistance for much needed stimulation and recreation.
Alzheimer Groupe trained caregiving professionals will come into your home with an AGI Kit which mirrors the stimulation activities from our Aisenstadt Activity Centre. Therapeutic recreational activities are specifically designed for “failure free” interactions. Home care services are offered during the sessions such as bathing and light meal preparation.
A nominal fee applies.
To be eligible participants must:
Have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder
Attend no more than one day program per week
Reside in the West Island or Montreal area
Be unable to stay home alone
This program is made possible by the generosity of Ethel and Morty Fruchter and assisted by the Lindsay Memorial Foundation.
For a pdf copy of the Fruchter Respite-on-Wheels, please click HERE.
For more information or to register for any of these programs, please call us at 514-485-7233