Dementia Services

The Region of Waterloo offers a variety of programs and services to support the needs of people living with dementia in the community.


In response to an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community and across the Province, the day programs, dinner club and overnight stay programs are closed. Virtual programs are available. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our website with any changes.  We are continuously monitoring the situation and will update the website with any changes. View the full list of closures and service changes in Seniors' Services.

Day and Dinner Club programs

Day and Dinner Clubs provide meaningful social and recreational opportunities for people living with dementia. For care partners, it is an opportunity for a temporary rest so they can continue providing care safely in the home.

Each program offers a safe and welcoming home-like environment, with an open-concept dining room, living room and kitchen, and home-cooked meals. Help is available for meals, personal care and taking medication. Program staff work with each participant to understand their needs, interests and abilities so that the program and activities can be tailored to them.

These programs are part of the Community Alzheimer Program and are funded by the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.

How to apply

To apply for the day and dinner programs, call the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network at 519-748-2222.
Locations, fees and schedule
Kitchener - 247 Franklin St. N.

Phone: 519-893-8494, ext. 6307 or ext. 6289

Fax: 519-893-1036

Email The Community Alzheimer Program

View the Kitchener day program calendar

View the Kitchener dinner club calendar

  • Day Program (Monday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.) - $17.50 per day
  • Dinner Club (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) - $17.50 per day
  • Extended Day (support before and after program) - $22.50 per day
  • Transportation - $6.50 per day
  • Subsidies are available to those who qualify

Cambridge - 150 Main St.

Phone: 519-893-8494, ext. 7807

Fax: 519-623-7649

Email The Cambridge Community Alzheimer Program

View the Cambridge program calendar

  • Day Program (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) - $17.50 per day
  • Transportation - $6.50 per day
  • Subsidies are available to those who qualify

Waterloo - 250 Laurelwood Dr.

Phone: 519-893-8494, ext. 7806

Email The Waterloo Community Alzheimer Program

View the Waterloo program calendar

  • Day Program (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,10 a.m.-3 p.m.) - $17.50 per day
  • Transportation - $6.50 per day
  • Subsidies are available to those who qualify.
What participants and care partners say about the program

"It's like a holiday to get out of the house and it gives my mind a chance to wake up a bit."

-Program Participant

"There is no way that I could have been able to continue working without all the community support services we have received.  Each and every one of you are caring, supportive, compassionate and professional even during challenging times.  You have all become an extension of our family."

-Care Partner

"It's keeping the disease at bay. I can't express enough, what I feel has saved this man. It's the staff. They make him feel like he's worth something."

-Care Partner

Video tours

Overnight Stay Program

Available in our Kitchener location, this program offers short-stay overnight care for persons living with dementia. Participants will be invited to join the day and dinner club programs during their stay.

How to apply

To apply for the Overnight Stay Program, please call the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network at 519-748-2222.

Location and fees 

The Overnight Stay Program is located at 247 Franklin St. N. in Kitchener and costs $40.24 per night. Subsidies are available to those who qualify.

 

Phone: 519-893-8494, ext. 6307

Fax: 519-893-1036

Email the Overnight Stay Program 


Young Onset Dementia AssociationLogo for Young Onset Dementia Association

When you are diagnosed with dementia before you are 65, it is called young onset dementia. To support the unique needs of persons living with this dementia, the Region created a social group called Young Onset Dementia Association (YODA).

YODA brings together people who are living with younger onset dementia to learn, socialize and explore new talents. Members design the program and decide what they want to do or learn; drawing on their individual interests, hobbies and skills. 

How to join
Email the Young Onset Dementia Association or call 519-893-8494 ext. 7806 for more information or to apply. 
Location, fees and schedule

YODA is offered on Wednesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 250 Laurelwood Drive, Waterloo. The cost is $17.50 per day. Subsidies are available to those who qualify.

Phone: 519-893-8494, ext. 7806

Email the Young Onset Dementia Association

View the YODA program calendar

What YODA members say about the program

In this video, YODA members share what the program means to them. 

"There's a routine there, like when I was working. It reminds me that I have some strengths to offer, qualities I can share, experiences that others find interesting. It reminds me that I am still me. It's a welcomed break from my struggles with my brain.

-YODA Member

"It provides me with a sense of accomplishment with being able to contribute and participate meaningfully in a group. And I feel like I can add something to someone else's day as they add to mine."

-YODA Member

 

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