Dementia Activity Resource Kits Now Available

Day Out Program Leader Terri Jones (L) and RWTO member & Trefry volunteer Carole Hunt Ford (R) with Kathryn at Thursday's Day Out program.
Day Out Program Leader Terri Jones (L) and RWTO member & Trefry volunteer Carole Hunt Ford (R) with Kathryn at Thursday's Day Out program.

Our local Retired Women’s Teachers Organization (RWTO) has donated several activity resource kits for caregivers of seniors with dementia in our communities.

Dementia kit contents that can be used at Day Out programs or signed out by caregivers.
Dementia kit contents that can be used at Day Out programs or signed out by caregivers.
photo by Carole Hunt Ford

These kits include a variety of activities including puzzles, games, art and music activities, ‘fiddle’ pillows or activity aprons plus an interactive companion pet and baby, along with a caregiver resource book.

These activities are being showcased at the Day Away programs in local communities and can be accessed there or at alternate locations in the community during other days of the week.

Please spread the word to anyone who you think may benefit from this support and let them know they are available for lending.

These activity kits were made possible by a successful grant application by the Central Algoma Teachers Support group (CATS), an action group of Central Algoma RWTO. The grant came from the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO) to support communities affected by geographical or social isolation.

Day Away programs operate at the Bruce Station Community Hall on Tuesday’s, Echo Bay Elks Hall on Wednesdays, and at the Trefry Centre in Richards Landing on Thursday’s. There is no Day Out Program currently running in Thessalon but a kit has been donated for that community and can be signed out at the Thessalon Public Library. Kits can also be signed out at the Township of St. Joseph Public Library and the Municipal  Office in Echo Bay when they are not at the Day Out Program.

For more information about these kits or The Day Away programs, please contact The Trefry Centre at (705) 246-0036 and ask for Jess or email her at dr.trefrycentre@one-mail.on.ca.

Companion pets were a huge hit with everyone at the Day Out program.
Companion pets were a huge hit with everyone at the Day Out program.