Atwater Library Alzheimer Café

The Atwater Library is partnering with the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to provide a monthly Alzheimer Café for Montrealers in the Library’s elegant Reading Room. Each session features socializing, refreshments, live music, and discussion about aspects of life with dementia.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Victoria McKinlay at or 514-935-7344  ext’n 206.

2016 Events – September to December

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Dr. Brigitte Gilbert, neuropsychologist at Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal
Highlighting cognitive abilities despite Alzheimer’s disease – Alzheimer’s disease is now being diagnosed in its early stages, which means the person living with the disease still show cognitive abilities. How is it possible to stimulate the less impaired cognitive abilities? How can this stimulation affect esteem of oneself?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Stéphanie Erickson, Social Worker and Director of  Erickson Resource Group
Language and Perception – Language has the power to change the way we perceive, evaluate and respond to a situation. The presenter discusses how she used a shift in her own language about her anxiety to improve her life. She now uses her personal experience to encourage others to pay attention to the words they use to describe aging, disease and care, in the hopes of improving support for seniors and caregivers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
A caregiver’s testimony about the loss of spatial orientation
Alzheimer’s disease involves different cognitive changes, including possible loss of orientation in space. It becomes more difficult for the person living with the disease to move freely, whether on foot or by car, either because s/he does not feel confident enough, or because his entourage fears s/he would get lost. What can be done to preserve as much as possible the autonomy of the person while maximizing his or her security? What are the steps to follow if the person gets lost? A caregiver shares her experiences.

Tuesday, December 21, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Melissa Tan, Music Therapist, Music Therapy Westmount
The Joy of Music!

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