Société Alzheimer des Laurentides (Services Anglophones)
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, which gravely affects thinking and memory. It is the most common form of dementia which currently has no cure or means to prevent it.
Founded in 1983, the Société Alzheimer des Laurentides is a community, non-profit organization, recognized by the Agence de santé et services sociaux des Laurentides and who has as its' mission to inform, support, accompany and represent people affected by Alzheimer's disease or related dementia (ADRD). The society is also there to educate professionals, volunteers and students as well as to promote and contribute to ADRD research. The society is a member of the Quebec Federation of Alzheimer's Societies.
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THE ANGLOPHONES SERVICES OFFERED:
A telephone helpline is available for those individuals needing support and information. The objectives of this service are to: listen, reassure and answer to the needs of the individual through facilitating their understanding and comprehension of the diagnosis. Additionally, the help line informs individuals of the resources and services available to them throughout the duration of the illness.
Support and information meetings for the caregivers:
Information and support meetings are offered at the Lachute Residence to Anglophone care partners on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (with the exception of July and August). These meetings are free of charge and are designed specifically for carers of a person with ADRD.
A group facilitator trained and experienced in Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD) is present during all monthly meetings to help respond to and guide any questions the group may have related to ADRD. The objectives of these meetings are to:
Exchange experiences with other people living similar circumstances;
Acquire information on the evolution of ADRD, more specifically, memory, judgment, reasoning, insecurity, loss of skills, etc;
Find alternate means of using verbal and non-verbal communication to facilitate understanding;
Learn more about the diseases in order to develop new attitudes and coping strategies;
Learn how to take care of oneself to prevent exhaustion that can affect the physical and mental health of the care partner;
Address any other related caregiving needs
Individual familial meetings:
Familial meetings can be scheduled by appointment with an Alzheimer Society counsellor either at the home of the family or at the Alzheimer Society office. This environment will enable the person with ADRD and/or their family to obtain personalized support, and to express feelings and needs related to diagnosis.
In home Respite-Support-Stimulation:
This service is offered to individuals with ADRD who are currently living at home with their family. An attendant visits the home either 4 hours weekly or 4 hours bi-monthly to allow the care partner to profit from a few hours of respite, relaxation and fun, while the person with ADRD benefits from activities adapted to his or her interests and abilities.
Documentation and resources are available on ADRD including the different aspects surrounding the diagnosis. If the person is not able to come to the office, the documentation could be sent to them by mail. Some books and videos could also be borrowed free of charge from the Société Alzheimer des Laurentides.
One of the objectives of the Société Alzheimer des Laurentides is to promote and contribute to ADRD research to further examine the causes and treatments of Alzheimer's disease and the related dementia (ADRD). With the help of donations, In Memoriam donations and the fundraising campaigns, the Société Alzheimer des Laurentides is significantly contributing in the name of research.
Promotion of the national Medic Alert-Safely Home program:
The nationwide Medic Alert-Safely Home program is designed to help identify a person with ADRD who may be lost, and assist them in their safe return home. The Société Alzheimer des Laurentides works in partnership with families and health care professionals to help create awareness and promote the usage of the Medic Alert-Safely Home Program.
SOCIÉTÉ ALZHEIMER DES LAURENTIDES
31, rue Principale Est, P.O. box 276
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Qc J8C 3A3
800.978.7881 or 819.326.7136
Did you know that…
More than 120,000 Quebecers are living with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia?
The number of people diagnosed will rise by 57% in the coming years?
Alzheimer's disease is the 4th leading cause of mortality amongst our older adults?
One Quebecer in two directly knows a person with ADRD?
One older adult in eleven has Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder?
More than 7,000 people in 2012-2013 referred to the services of the Société Alzheimer