There can be many assumptions made about Alzheimer’s Disease and how people living with cognitive impairment look, act, or function. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s research cites that 46% of Canadians do not feel fully comfortable interacting with a person with dementia. The Cummings Centre’s “Drop In” program is a place where participants can socialize without judgment or stigma. The programming is adapted so the focus can be on a person’s strengths and not what they have lost. Participants in the program have significant knowledge to contribute from their careers, family life and lived experiences. Staff encourage everyone to share their opinions during current event discussions. Travel programs often include insights from participants’ own travel history. Creative expression programs are other ways to showcase people’s talents in art, music, or dance. Some guests excel during physical activity programming, while others take the lead in cognitive activities such as crossword puzzles. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia does not have to diminish quality of life and enjoyment. What matters most is keeping physically and intellectually engaged in the right environment.
For more information about the Cummings Centre’s “Drop In” program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, please contact Sheri Stock at 514-734-1819 or [email protected]
The Cummings Centre’s mission is to empower and enhance the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
As the hub of Montreal’s 50+ community, the Centre touches the lives of 10,000 people on an annual basis.
For more information, please contact us by phone at 514-343-3510, online at www.cummingscentre.org or in person at 5700 Westbury Avenue.