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Dimensions Newsletter Fall 2022

Dimensions Fall 2022

The Value of Music

One can never overestimate the power of music for people with dementia. Music provides an important connection to memory and can be used in many different ways. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, “Music can be a powerful source of joy and comfort for people with dementia and for those around them. When words fail, music provides a way for the person with dementia to connect with others and engage with memories and emotions.”

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Why Volunteer?

If you’ve been thinking of volunteering, consider that studies have shown volunteers live longer and are healthier. In fact, later in life, volunteering is even more beneficial for one's health than exercising and eating well.

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Be Prepared…and Be Flexible!

As we begin the fall season, we also begin the time when preparations begin for the upcoming holiday season. You can already see signs in the stores, in the community and even in your mailbox!  It is never too early to be prepared for the excitement, activity -- and even feelings of stress or apprehension -- that can arise at this time of year, particularly for caregivers and families of someone with dementia.

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The Caregiver Roller Coaster

There is a well-said quote by Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer caregiver support specialist: “(Dementia) caregivers ride the world’s biggest, fastest, scariest emotional roller coaster every day.”

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McCormick Home Air Conditioning Compliance Order

A Message from the CEO
I would like to provide further information regarding the air conditioning compliance order from the Ministry of Long-Term Care. I acknowledge that many of you may have some concerns over this issue and the related news coverage.  We hope this additional information will give you a better understanding of the situation.

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Please note that most of the photos in this issue were taken pre-COVID. All staff and visitors are still required to wear masks and perform proper hand hygiene when connecting with our residents and clients.

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