Our Connections Matter
Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County

May 2021 - Issue 5

Connections That Matter

Hello, Friend!

We hope you are staying safe and well. During this time, our phone lines remain open. If you need to reach our counselling staff, or have questions about programs and services, please call 705-722-1066.

We also invite you to keep checking our website to learn about upcoming online events and programs. You will also be able to catch up on any newsletters you may have missed. Happy reading!

In this edition:

  1. IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's Simcoe County 2021
  2. What’s happening in Simcoe County? Local events, social recreation programs, webinars, and more!
  3. Staffing Update
  4. How to Leave a Lasting Legacy
  5. Donor Spotlight
  6. Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's Simcoe County 2021

We never thought when we hosted a virtual IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in 2020 that we would be doing the same thing a full year later! But here we are! We hope you are keeping well! To those who have already registered for the 2021 Walk - thank you! To past walkers, we would be grateful if you would walk with us again.

While we do receive funding from the provincial government through Ontario Health to support dementia programs and services, it is just not enough to meet the growing needs of our community. We rely on the funds raised through the Walk to keep our essential programs and services operating in every community we serve. We need your help.

From now until May 30th participants are encouraged to walk, climb or run 10,006 steps in support of the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and the 10,006 people living with dementia in our community. This challenge is perfect for the whole family. Everyone can get involved, either in-person within their household or virtually. Hit the trails, the treadmill, or anything else to take those steps! We thank you in advance for joining us this year to make it the biggest and best Walk yet!

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Click here to register today!

What’s happening in Simcoe County? Local events, social recreation programs, webinars, and more!

Programs and services update

With the nicer weather upon us and more and more of the population getting vaccinated, we have a lot to look forward to! At the time of writing this, however, our programs and services continue to be offered over the phone and virtually in alignment with the provincial reopening framework. Please continue to connect with our staff by phone and take part in our virtual programs.

Click here to view what we are offering.

Next Steps for Care Partners

Join us June 3 & 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for a two-part introductory series intended for care partners of a person living with dementia. Next Steps covers the following topics:

  • What is dementia?
  • Symptoms of dementia
  • Adapting to changes
  • Assessing risk & having conversations about managing risk
  • Planning for the future
  • Creating a circle of support

For more information, contact Erika Rice at 705-329-0909 ext. 2 or erice@alzheimersociety.ca. To register clickhere.

Staffing Update


We are excited to share that two members of our team will be “putting on new hats” within our organization. Dana Bessette, who joined the Alzheimer Society back in 2013 as a volunteer and then as a member of the Education Team, has assumed the role of Family Support Coordinator. She is supporting clients in the South Georgian Bay area, providing one-to-one supportive counselling and facilitating one of our virtual support groups.

This transition left an opening on the Education Team and we are pleased to announce that Taryl Bougie has moved into the position of Education Coordinator. Taryl joined our team in 2017 as our Minds in Motion Coordinator and brought that program to life! Moving into the education role, Taryl will be delivering and facilitating education and awareness across the region, with a particular focus on the Barrie & South Simcoe areas (once in-person services resume). Taryl will still be assisting with Minds in Motion programming until a new Coordinator is hired.

Hats off to Dana and Taryl!!

How to Leave a Lasting Legacy

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We all want to leave our mark on this world to know that our life mattered.

What does it mean to leave a legacy? It means making a contribution for future generations. The most common type of legacy gift is a charitable bequest in a person’s Will. However, Canadians are realizing the benefits of giving gifts of registered assets, life insurance policies, annuities, and charitable remainder trusts.

Will your legacy support the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County?

For more information, please contact our Fund Development Officer, Sandy MacNevin, at fdo@alzheimersociety.ca .

Donor Spotlight

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Thank you to the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s - Simcoe County COMMUNITY PRESENTING SPONSOR: Amica Little Lake

A Message from Amica Little Lake: Calm, serene and inviting are just some of the ways we would describe Amica Little Lake. Surrounded by nature and tranquil lakeside views, worries simply melt away.

Our Residents, Families and Friends are excited to unite and show our support. We are walking for all our loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s and different dementias. We know firsthand the struggles we face when a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and Amica Little Lake are an excellent resource. They have been there to help numerous families navigate during difficult and uncertain times.

Amica Little Lake can provide care and support from certified and professional staff if needed. Feel confident knowing Amica Little Lake has been designed to provide you with everything you need today and in years to come.

A variety of private suites are accompanied by elegantly decorated shared spaces. Enjoy fresh, nutritious meals prepared daily by our in-house culinary team. Connect with new friends and old, take advantage of recreational programs, exercise classes and leisure activities. Our amenities include a pool, bistro, fitness centre, hair salon, billiards, library and more.

It’s important to the staff and residents of Amica Little Lake to be involved in community initiatives. We support the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County because we know firsthand the effects Alzheimer’s can have on those we love and care for. Each year, Amica Little Lake participates in the Walk for Alzheimer’s to help raise awareness and funds for treatment, research and cures for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Visit Amica Little Lake’s website here.

Thank you to our IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s Simcoe County Gold Sponsor: Comfort Keepers Barrie

A Message from Comfort Keepers Barrie: In-Home Care That Elevates the Human Spirit

Comfort Keepers Barrie has been a long-time supporter of the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer's in Simcoe County. Comfort Keepers provides award-winning in-home care for seniors and other adults in need of assistance. Our dedicated and trained caregivers help maintain independence and quality of life so loved ones can continue living safely at home. Just some of their services include: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care, Senior Care, Respite Care, Nursing Services, Transportation Services, Transition Services and Advanced Care Needs.

Visit Comfort Keepers Barrie's website to learn more here.

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week

From May 9 to 15, celebrate National Women’s Health Week by making your physical and mental health a priority, especially during COVID-19. Here are some ways that you can protect your health and take care of yourself!

Get recommended screenings and preventive care

Protect your health by getting the care you need through regular check-ups. During COVID-19, some health services are now being done online or by phone. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out what screenings and exams you may need and when.

Prioritize mental health

Keep your mind and body healthy. It may be tough to maintain healthy behaviours and manage stress during COVID-19, but there are some steps you can take to cope with stress by taking care of your body, taking a break from listening to news stories, connecting with others, and recognizing when you may need more help.

Donate Now

People living with Alzheimer’s and dementia are especially vulnerable at this time, if you are able to, please consider supporting the essential services and programs that benefit this community.

Our mailing address is:
20 Anne Street South, P.O. Box 1414
Barrie, Ontario L4M 5R4

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