November 2023
Celebrating Caregivers' Week!
Caregivers’ Week is celebrated in Quebec this year from November 6 to November 10, 2023.

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

Let us treat you to a coffee and something sweet! Stop by our office next week!
Drop by the Jewish General Hospital!
AGI will be participating in the National Caregivers' Week at Carrefour Léa Polansky on November 9th. We look forward to meeting caregivers and professionals to talk about our invaluable services at AGI.

It will feature information booths on the various services offered to caregivers by the CIUSSS West Central-Montreal and our community partners.

Free event!
Thursday, November 9, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carrefour Léa Polansky
Jewish General Hospital
The event will close with a webinar (online and in-person) featuring speakers from the University Institute SHERPA. (Please note that registration for the in-person webinar must be made separately).
A Year in Review: 2022-2023
AGI continues to make a difference in the lives of people with dementia and caregivers in the Montreal community. Our approach to caregiving is founded on the premise that all individuals with dementia deserve an excellent quality of care characterized by joyful, loving interaction. The 2022-2023 fiscal year showed an increase in in-person services and events, instilling a sense of positivity for staff and clients. 
Over the past year, AGI has aimed to provide meaningful interactions and shared common experiences through online and in-person programming for both caregivers and people living with dementia.

From July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, AGI:
Introducing our 2023-2024 Board of Directors
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
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
Tatianna Turcotte
Tatianna Turcotte, a corporate lawyer at BCF LLP, joined the AGI board as a tribute to her grandfather, who had Alzheimer’s disease. It was crucial for her to be part of an organization that she believes in and one that offers support to those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias, directly or indirectly. Witnessing the profound impact on those around her, she is passionate about speaking up and dispelling misconceptions about the disease.
Fall Fundraising Event
Come meet us!

Anne-Marie Panzini and Michael Saracino (AGI Board Members) invite you to the first edition of the AGI Fall Fundraising Event.

Join us for an evening filled with wine, food and conversation!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Loïc on Notre-Dame
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$90 / ticket
AGI's Educational Course
and Conference

Dementia 101
Two-part training session where participants will learn how dementia affects the brain and how basic caregiving principles can help with challenging situations.
Presented by:
Karin Derouaux
Counsellor and Art Therapist
Friday, November 24 - Part 1
Friday, December 1 - Part 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm / In-Person
Interactive and in-depth
$100 / for Caregivers
$125 / for Healthcare Professionals 
*requiring an attestation
In Celebration of Caregivers Week
Education Conference
In it Together: A Give and Take Approach to Dementia Care
This full day workshop will provide participants hands on skills in order to create a partnership with the person living with dementia while working together to get tasks done and solve problems.

Presented by:
Marivic Aplaon
Counsellor and Recreation Therapist
Karin Derouaux
Counsellor and Art Therapist
Ainslie Quilliams
Thursday, November 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm / In-Person
An hour break for lunch - Bring your own lunch

In AGI's Activity Centre : limit of 40 people
$60 / per person
For People Living with Dementia
A Sweet Treat for Halloween in Art Therapy
October 25th saw the first set of officers attend the AGI Activity Centre under the police integration initiative’s Immersion Program.  
This initiative developed by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal’s (SPVM) to teach new recruits how to interact with those who are functionally restricted in a physical or mental health capacity. Interacting with specific populations not only makes new recruits aware of the diversity within the Montreal community, but better prepares them to interact with vulnerable populations in times of crisis.
AGI hosted officers who joined in the cognitive, physical, musical and artistic exercises in the Activity Centre. It was a successful day, one of the Officers shared that he felt “privileged” to have been a part of the experience.
Did you know?
Quebec's COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

Quebec's Vaccination campaign has started for 2023.

Under the Vaccination Program, vaccines are offered free of charge to people who are most at risk of developing serious complications. 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
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.
Living Loss: Resiliency and Meaning in Grief
Presented by:
Anita Mehta, RN, PhD, CFT
Counsellor and Couple and Family Therapist, Jewish General Hospital
Don't Forget to Fall Back!

Daylight saving time for 2023 is about to end and Quebecers will have to turn their clocks back!

Did you know that seasonal changes has an effect on dementia? To learn more, click here.

Mark your calendar! The time will change in Quebec on November 5th, 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

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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.