November 2022
We've had an action-packed Fall at AGI!
At AGI, we continue to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia and caregivers in the Montreal community through our person-centred approach. While the effects of the pandemic persisted during the 2021-2022 fiscal year, there was an opportunity for a few in-person activities and fundraising events to be re-instated.
Overall, there was a feeling of optimism and hope as daily operations resumed with a sense of normalcy.
A Year in Review: 2021-2022
Over the past year, AGI has aimed to provide meaningful interactions and shared common experiences through virtual programming in order to repair isolation, improve mental health and well-being for both caregivers and people living with dementia.


From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, AGI:
AGI's Board of Directors
AGI is pleased to introduce our Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 year.
AGI President
Kenny Tajfel

"I have a special affiliation with AGI and I am proud to be a board member. 12 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s and the only real resource was AGI, both for my mother and our family. I was so appreciative for the help and the kindness offered to us. I now feel it is my turn to give back and help wherever I can to increase awareness about this incredible organization."  
AGI Immediate Past President
Paula Levinson

"I became interested in AGI on both a personal and professional basis more than 20 years ago: personally because I had a mother who was living with dementia and professionally as I was working in long term care where a large number of the clients were experiencing dementia. AGI provides excellent services; I am proud to have been able to contribute my knowledge and experience to this outstanding organization."
AGI Vice-President | Treasurer
Harold Busner

"I am a CA, married for 23 years with 3 beautiful kids. We are avid hockey fans. My father-in-law was a client of AGI. We became supporters of AGI when he started using the services and we witnessed the amazing work being done."
AGI Secretary
Debra Schwartz Chomski

“I became involved with AGI because, like many others, my family has been touched by Alzheimer’s. I have seen first-hand the effects this disease has on the person living with dementia and the family. AGI’s work is vital for those going through the process. I am very proud to be a part of AGI.”
AGI Director
Leon Caron

Witnessing his father's last few years with dementia, Leon had a first hand experience dealing with the impact of dementia on the family. Joining the AGI Board is an opportunity to give back to those who are going through what he had to go through with his family.
AGI Director
Daniel Cohen

AGI is particularly meaningful to Daniel as his grandmother has battled with Alzheimers for 20+ years and his family has been heavily involved with AGI ever since.
AGI Director
Anne-Marie Panzini

Anne-Marie is a corporate lawyer with a practice focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions of private companies at Stikeman Elliott LLP, a role she has held since 2017. Anne-Marie will bring a new background and insights to AGI, and is very happy to be joining the board and giving something back to an organization which has such a positive impact on the quality of life of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as of their support network.
AGI Director
Michael Saracino

"When I was first introduced to AGI, I was immediately drawn to this organization as it hits home for me. Growing up, my grandmother was affected by Alzheimer’s, so I know first hand how hard it is on the individual and family members. When I was given the opportunity to help, I jumped on the chance. Being part of AGI has been an amazing experience. I look forward to growing with AGI and helping in any way I can."
AGI Director
Richard Walsh

“My father lived with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I wish that my mother had known about this wonderful organization. The support, guidance and help that AGI provides is irreplaceable.”
It was a Full House at AGI’s 1st Annual
Charity Poker Tournament!
Through your support, we had a sell out evening with over 110 players
and raised more than $30 000. 

Funds raised will enable AGI to continue to provide programs for people living with dementia and support for caregivers. This year alone AGI was able to reach
over 2 400 Montrealers and beyond.
Thank you to our sponsors: AYA Restaurant, Cellcom Communications and Mint,
RES-AV, Playground Poker, Golf town and Sporting Life.
 
To our amazing Poker committee: Kenny Tajfel, Harold Busner, Debra Schwartz Chomski, Daniel Cohen, Michael Saracino, Richard Walsh, Anne-Marie Panzini,
Paula Levinson and Leon Caron
For People Living with Dementia
and Caregivers
Helpline

Asking for help is hard. That is why AGI has knowledgeable professionals who are there to listen.

Our experienced counsellors are available to speak with you, better understand your situation and guide you according to your needs. No referral is necessary. You may remain anonymous if you prefer.

Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm
Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm

Call or email us:
514.485.7233 | info@agiteam.org
Client and Family Advisory Council
AGI is recruiting members for our new Client and Family Advisory Council!

This council will serve in an advisory capacity, making recommendations on programs and services. Members will provide feedback on, and ideas for, initiatives and programs that enhance, ensure and embrace AGI’s vision and mandate.

If you are a person living with dementia or a care partner, consider making a difference and join this council.

For more information, call or email us: 514.485.7233 | info@agiteam.org
Tidbits to keep you in the loop!
AGI Webinars

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.
 
Enhancing Social Connections after a Diagnosis of Dementia
 
While a dementia diagnosis can place individuals at an increased risk of social isolation and loneliness, this does not have to characterize life after a diagnosis.
For more information about the friendship study, please click the button below.
You'll have access to: videos, conversation guides and interviews.
National Caregivers' Week

National Caregivers’ Week is celebrated in Quebec this year from November 1 to November 7, 2022.

AGI extends a special thank you to all caregivers for the precious time and support they devote towards the well-being of those you care for, each and every day!

There are simple steps you can take to help support caregivers that you know:

Pick up the phone and check in to see how they're doing.

Offer to go for a walk with the person living with dementia to provide respite to their caregiver.

Extend a helpful hand - offer to pick up their groceries, or run some errands.
Quebec's Flu Vaccination

Quebec's Flu Vaccination campaign has started for 2022.

Under the Flu Vaccination Program, the flu vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are most at risk of developing serious complications from the flu. The program aims to reduce hospitalizations and mortality in people who are most at risk. The aim is not to prevent all cases of flu.

To learn more or to schedule your appointment, click here
Don't Forget to Fall Back!

Daylight saving time for 2022 is about to end and Quebecers will have to turn their clocks back!

Did you know that the idea of aligning waking hours to daylight hours to conserve candles was first proposed in 1784 by American Benjamin Franklin?

Mark your calendar! The time will change in Quebec at 2 a.m. on November 6th, marking the end of daylight saving time and bringing in darker evenings.
Your donation to AGI today ensures that Montreal families continue to be well supported in a positive and caring way as they live with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. 
Office Hours
Monday to Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 4:00pm

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.