November 2021
Happy Chanukah!
A season of love, light and happiness.
AGI extends warm wishes for the spirit of Chanukah to fill your home and heart.
AGI's Fall Session is continuing until the end of December. To learn more about current activities for people living with dementia and caregiver programs, visit www.agiteam.org, call AGI at 514-485-7233 or e-mail info@agiteam.org
Support for Caregivers
Recently, CBC Radio's program Let's Go with Sabrina Marandola spoke with AGI about our new Creative Workshop: Understanding Grief through Journaling that began in November.

Special thanks to Ethel Udashkin who shared her experiences in caregiving and grief during this segment, as well as AGI social work intern Jasmine Piques, who is leading the workshop.

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Programs for People Living with Dementia
AGI's Activity Centre resumes in-person programming
We can all agree that it has been too long waiting to see each other in person. All of the team at AGI have been working hard to reopen the Activity Centre.

The space has been redone in anticipation of bringing back in-person groups. The reopening of the centre has been filled with excitement. AGI follows all of the government COVID-19 protocols. This has not dampened anyone’s enthusiasm. Both staff and participants have adapted to the “new normal.”

Working on Zoom is such an innovative way for us to stay connected and allow our clients to still be a part of the AGI family. The addition of having the in-person groups gives both staff and participants another opportunity to have a place to belong.

The social in-person groups are where people can develop a personal rapport and bond with each other. It has been a pleasure for the recreologists and our members to recreate these wonderful group dynamics.

Everyone looks forward to more magical moments together at the AGI Activity Centre!

AGI’s Activity Centre re-opened on November 1, 2021 after being closed to in-person activities since March 16, 2020. Currently, 3-hour sessions are being offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with programming on Thursdays to begin December 2nd.

If you are interested in your loved one participating in the Activity Centre, please call AGI at 514-485-7233 for more information.
Education and Training
AGI Webinar Series:
Navigating the Holidays for Caregivers
Join the AGI Support Services team to learn about ways you can make the festive season enjoyable for all!

Thursday, December 16, 2021
12:00 PM noon
Online via Zoom | Free

Register online - click here
Or by phone at 514-485-7233

Made possible through the generosity of the
Lassner Learning Centre and the
Lindsay Memorial Foundation.
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AGI On-Demand
In the event that you missed our most recent webinar, you can view this and many others at any time on your own schedule via AGI's YouTube Channel. Here are a few suggestions of what are available (click on image to view):

Exploring Mild Cognitive Impairment and How You Can Keep Your Memory Healthy

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Elise Levinoff
MD, FRCP(C)
The Challenges of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) in Dementia Care


Guest Speaker:
Joan Foster
BN
Panel Discussion: Exploring
Sundowning


Speakers:
Professionals from AGI's Support Services Team
Community Outreach
Dawson College Information Fair

AGI's Recreation Therapist, Omega Julien, attended the Dawson College fieldwork information fair on Thursday, October 21st. Omega had the opportunity to speak to students in the Community Recreation Leadership Training program, providing them with information about AGI's Activity Centre programs and activities.
McGill School of Social Work

AGI Counselor and Art Therapist, Karin Derouaux, was invited to speak to two classes at McGill’s School of Social Work in November. In a graduate seminar on caregiving, Karin’s online presentation focused on the clinical underpinnings used by AGI's Support Services Team when counselling family members who are care partnering with a loved-one who has been diagnosed with dementia. For an undergraduate course on aging, Karin provided students with a better understanding of the needs and experiences of people living with dementia.
Community Fundraisers in support of AGI
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Geoffrey Webster

Geoffrey Webster has created a book highlighting photographs that he took from November 2020 to May 2021, chronicling his response to his father's progression with Alzheimer's and ultimate move into care. Proceeds from Geoffrey's book to benefit AGI.

Instagram Artwork Sale
Susanne Strater

From November 15 to December 15, 2021, Montreal-based artist Susanne Strater will be posting one piece of her artwork each day via her Instagram page that is available for purchase. Susanne will be donating 50% of sale proceeds to AGI.

Tidbits to keep you in the loop!
AGI Annual Campaign is Underway
Your donation today through AGI's Annual Campaign helps ensure that Montreal families continue to be well supported in a positive and caring way as they live with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Thank you if you have already donated to this year's campaign!

Click to donate online here. Or call the AGI Office at 514-485-7233 to give by phone.
Quebec Flu Vaccination
Quebec's Flu Vaccination campaign is underway. The flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are most at risk of developing serious complications from the flu.

To learn more or to schedule your appointment, click here
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AGI's Holiday and Tribute Cards
Celebrating a birthday or a special anniversary? Offering condolences? Our beautiful selection of cards can help you express your sentiment and support AGI at the same time. A thoughtful, personalized message printed on the Tribute Card will be sent to the recipient on your behalf and a tax receipt will be issued to you.

AGI December Office Hours
The AGI Office will close for the holidays at 12 PM noon on Friday, December 24th and will remain closed through to Friday December 31, 2021.

Please call 211 or 811 should you be in need of assistance or support during this time.
 
AGI will re-open in the new year on Monday, January 3, 2022 with normal hours: Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM; Friday 9 AM to 4 PM.
Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Charitable registration # 896090487RR0001

514-485-7233 | info@agiteam.org | www.agiteam.org

Alzheimer Groupe Inc (AGI) is a charitable organization that offers therapeutic programs to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Additionally, AGI provides support services to families and professional care partners, focusing on best practices in dementia care, while sensitizing the community at large through education and awareness.