HELPING YOU UNDERSTAND!

THE ALZHEIMER SOCIETY OF MONTREAL SUPPORTS CAREGIVERS

Caring for a person living with dementia is not always easy

Being a caregiver means facing physical and emotional challenges every day. Caregivers often fail to detect the warning signs of stress and the impact of their role on their health. They prioritize the well-being of those they care for— at the expense of their own needs— even though they are often the ones who need the most support.

This is why the Alzheimer Society of Montreal offers a range of services for caregivers: to provide them with the support they need and show them how to look after themselves.

Am I Eligible to Receive Caregiving Benefits?

At the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, we know that caregivers invest a lot of time and energy into caring for their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia.

But did you know that caregivers are also entitled receive support? You could be eligible to receive respite services, tax credits, and caregiving benefits from the government.

Make a donation. Make a difference!

Each year, the Alzheimer Society of Montreal supports over 1,700 Montrealers living with dementia and their families. You can make a difference and ensure that our services are available in the future by making a simple donation.

Services for Caregivers

Individual Consultations: Counselling-Network
Do you care for a friend or family member living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia? Would you like to talk about your situation and the challenges you are facing? Do you need support and want to know where you can find it?

Our counsellors are available to meet caregivers at a number of service points throughout Montreal and offer the following services: accompaniment, free and confidential counselling, information, resources, and support.

To discuss your situation and make an appointment:

Download the program above (p.2 and 3)

Information and Support Groups
These groups are for family and friends of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia, long-distance caregivers included. 

Our information and support groups cover a variety of topics, including: an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, various aspects of communication, understanding responsive behaviours, taking care of yourself as a caregiver, and the different community resources available in your area.For more information and to register:

Download the program above (p.5, 6, 7, and 8)

Meditation Groups
Meditation is proven to help reduce stress, lower distress and exhaustion, and enhance our responses to challenging situations.

These groups offer caregivers a welcoming space to share a guided practice of relaxation and meditation techniques, and to learn about related topics, including: bodily sensations (breathing, taste) and compassion.

For more information and to register:

Download the program above (p.8 and 9)

Bereavement Support Groups
Caregivers grieving the passing of a loved one are invited to join this group to discuss their grief and hear about the experiences of other participants.

This is a bilingual group led by a facilitator who is trained to accompany participants through the grieving process.

For more information and to register:

Download the program above (p.9)

Activity Centres
The objective of our activity centres is to provide caregivers and families with a few hours of respite on Saturdays, while also offering stimulating activities to their participants living with dementia.

The Alzheimer Society of Montreal currently operates in three activity centres located in Ahuntsic, Lachine, and Westmount. Each centre employs qualified staff and volunteers who possess the knowledge and experience.

For more information and to register:

Download the program above (p.12)

In-Home Respite and Stimulation Program
Our qualified professionals provide caregivers with a planned period of respite, varying from 2 to 4 hours per week.

This service provides stimulating, therapeutic, and socially engaging experiences to its participants living with dementia in a reassuring setting.

For more information and to register:

Download the program above (p.12)

The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia are progressive and lead to the degeneration of brain cells. In general, the disease progresses slowly, however, the speed of its progression varies from person to person. The following is is an overview of each stage of the disease to help you better prepare for the journey ahead. Please note that symptoms may not appear in the order summarized below, and that the duration of each stage is, in itself, variable.

Early Stage

At the early stage of the disease, people living with dementia may experience memory loss, as well as changes in their behaviour, ways of communicating, mood, and concentration. At this stage, they will often have a good level of autonomy and, if diagnosed early, can participate in decision-making in regard to future care.

Middle Stage

During the middle stage of the disease, the functional and cognitive capacities of people living with dementia experience further decline. Many everyday tasks— e.g. shopping, dressing, bathing, etc.— require more and more assistance.  At this stage, some people with dementia retain a level of awareness of their condition and caregivers help them maintain their autonomy by focusing their efforts on preserving their current abilities.

Late Stage

During the late (or “advanced”) stage of the disease, people living with dementia may no longer be able to care for themselves, and may communicate more through gestures than speech.

At this stage, full-time care may be required to ensure optimal quality of life for the person living with the disease.

End of Life

At the end of life stage of the disease, full-time care is required to ensure that the person living with dementia is as comfortable as possible in their final months. 

At this stage, the care provided aims to fulfil the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the person with dementia, whose cognitive and physical capacities will be greatly reduced.

Spring-Summer Program 2019

The Alzheimer Society of Montreal advocates a person-centred approach to care. Reflective of Montreal's culturally diversity, all our services are offered in English and French.

To participate in one of our programs, contact us or

Making an Appointment with a Doctor

A doctor’s appointment can be an intimidating experience for a person who may be living with dementia, as well as for their friends and family. There are, however, a number of actions you can take before and after the appointment to alleviate any potential problems.

e.g. Make an appointment at a time convenient both for you and the person who may have dementia, rest beforehand; etc.

Decision-Making

The progressive nature of Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia means that the decision-making abilities of the person living with the disease may change over time.

As a caregiver, you can help the person you care for to make decisions that reflect their wishes and their needs.

Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for a person living with dementia can be very rewarding; you will likely share some wonderful moments with the person you care for. There will also be times, however, when you feel discouraged, lost, and both physically and mentally drained.

This is why caregivers need to learn to look after themselves. If you do not look after yourself, you cannot care for someone else.

Loss and Grief

It is normal for caregivers to experience a sense of loss, especially at the more advanced stages of the disease, e.g. when the person living with dementia no longer recognizes them or can no longer speak. It is likely that people living with dementia also grieve as they notice the gradual decline in their abilities.

The loss and grief experienced by caregivers of people living with dementia is unique, because it cannot be fully resolved while the person living with the disease is still alive.

Testimonial from a Caregiver!

“My advice to caregivers is simple: don’t go through this alone, contact the Alzheimer Society of Montreal! You will be listened to, helped, comforted, and entertained! You will laugh, maybe cry,and have fun with your loved one, probably more than ever. You will see him or her smile, be proud, and be thankful. You will never regret the day you had to find a solution to your continuous stress and worries and decided to call!”

Anne Marie Parent

Caregiver

Other ways to contribute:

Volunteer!

Volunteers play a key role at the Alzheimer Society of Montreal. They help us to enhance the lives of Montrealers living with dementia and those of their families.

Volunteers are people who, like you, want to make a difference!

Organize a Fundraiser!

Your fundraising activity, whether it is sponsored or not, does not have to be complicated.

It is always possible to organize a fundraising event, whatever your age and level of physical fitness.

Participate in an Event!

Whether as a sponsor, partner, benefactor, spokesperson, or participant, your involvement in fundraising events is important! By supporting these events, you become a source of inspiration and hope for thousands of families living with dementia.
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