A new project for seniors

Caroline Hadlock, Société Alzheimer Granby et région 

In 2022, representatives from the Wellness Volunteer Centre, the Action Communautaire Lac-Brome, the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS and the Town of Brome Lake were invited to a meeting at the Centre Lac-Brome. Louise Penny, who wanted to know what services are/or could be available in the area for people with dementia and their caregivers, initiated the meeting. This core group began the groundwork to identify available services and what the need is. Information was shared and partnerships were formed. 

Funding from the Fédération des Médecins Spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ) made this program, dedicated to supporting and improving the quality of life of individuals with cognitive impairments and their loved ones, possible. 

The Alzheimer’s Society of Granby and region has been running the program “Together for Fun!” in English at Manoir Lac Brome since February 20, 2023. This program invites 4-5 couples each consisting of an individual with a cognitive impairment and his/her caregiver, to participate in adaptive recreational activities. Caregivers gain important knowledge on how to maintain a good quality of life despite the disease’s daily challenges. The program consists of ten 2-hour meetings that promote pleasure, well-being and resourcing through fostering connections and collaboration among participants. An evaluation of the program is planned for the beginning of May to determine the overall satisfaction of the participants. 

This program was developed 10 years ago by The University of Quebec in Three Rivers in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society of Granby and region, as well as national partners such as the “Fédération Quebecoise des Loisirs en Institution’’ (FQLI). 

The Alzheimer’s Society of Granby is currently working with other partners in Brome Lake to identify the services that could fulfill the needs of the anglophone population within the town and its surroundings. 

For more info contact: info@alzheimergranby.ca 450-777-3363