What's New at AGI

AGI Lassner Institute of Learning: Courses for Family Members and Professional Caregivers
Spring / Summer 2017 Schedule 

AGI offers Montreal’s most comprehensive curriculum for learning about how to care for a person who has dementia. From courses that teach basic knowledge and principles for interaction, to specialized trainings that focus more in-depth on particular issues in dementia caregiving, AGI has a course for every caregiver at every step along the way.

AGI’s Alzheimer 101

Thursdays, May 11 & 18, 9:30am-1:30pm

This enormously popular 8-hour course teaches basic principles in dementia caregiving. You will gain an understanding of how dementia affects the brain, how to communicate, interact, and adapt to behavioural challenges as well as how to diffuse challenging situations. $90.

Alzheimer 101 d’AGI - Maintenant en français! 

Mardi, 30 mai et 6 juin, 9:30 à 13:30

Ce cours très populaire de 8 heures enseigne les principes de base dans les soins de troubles de mémoire et autres troubles connexes. Vous allez comprendre comment la démence affecte le cerveau, comment communiquer, interagir et s’adapter aux défis comportementaux et gérer ces situations difficiles. Cout 90$ 

Empathic Curiosity Workshop

Thursday, June 1, 10am-1pm

Do less, listen more. In this 3-hour course, we explore the concept of empathic curiosity and share techniques and strategies for putting it into practice, while still getting necessary tasks done.  Cost $40.

Communication Skills Workshop

Wednesday, June 7, 10am-1pm

It is estimated that in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, individuals comprehend about one in four of the words they hear. Given such serious language impairment, how can we communicate effectively? This 3-hour course provides participants with the tools needed to make meaningful communication a reality. Cost $40. 

Managing Your Stress as a Caregiver

Friday, June 16, 10am-1pm

“You need to take care of yourself.” This common advice for caregivers is often given but rarely taken, because we simply don’t know how. This course will explore the dangers of Compassion Fatigue and Burnout, ways to prevent them, and steps to treat them when they occur. $40. 

Diffusing Extreme Emotional Reactions and Behaviours

Fridays, July 21 and July  28, 10am-2pm
This 8-hour hands-on workshop allows caregivers to practice skills needed to calm catastrophic reactions and to understand and manage responsive behaviours. Cost $90. 

* AGI Courses can be used towards LPN Licensing Hours. Attestations of attendance are provided upon request. 

To Register, call 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org

Click HERE to download a copy of AGI's entire Spring/Summer Course Schedule.




AGI’s Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture series

AGI hosts engaging monthly lectures in both Montreal and Pointe-Claire on the West Island, featuring guest speakers discussing specialized and relevant topics related to dementia. These lectures are tailored for family caregivers giving them the tools to enhance their lives with their loved one. Lectures are free and open to the public.

The 2016/17 topics (beginning in October) may include: Oral Care for Seniors, Driving and Dementia, Medications and interaction protocol, Aphasia and Ataxia, Navigating the Healthcare System, and Self Care.
  • Lectures are in English only
  • West Island Location compliments of the City of Pointe Claire
  • Special appreciation for the generosity of the Lindsay Memorial Foundation

Download a copy of the 2017 Lindsay Memorial Foundation Lecture series in Montreal and the West Island HERE


AGI’s Ongoing Services


The Aisenstadt Activity Centre

AGI's Activity centre operates 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year and provides stimulation and socialisation for people with cognitive impairments. 

All activities focus on enhancing individual abilities while compensating for unique difficulties. Every individual has different needs, and activities are tailored to the individual's age and state of progression. The dynamic team includes recreational therapists, art therapists, music specialists, social workers, students and volunteers.

For more information on AGI's Activity Centre's schedule - 514-485-7233


AGI'S Spousal Caregiver Support Groups

Ongoing - Mondays, 10:30 am- 12:00 noon (bi-weekly)

Ongoing - Wednesdays, 10am to 11:30 ( bi-weekly)

All Support Groups take place at AGI's office at 5555 Westminster Ave., Suite 304, Montreal H4W 2J2

For more information, please contact 514-485-7233


AGI's Lassner Instute of Learning 

Are you caring for someone with dementia?

AGI’s Alzheimer 101 and our Alzheimer's Specialized Training series
Offered regularly, these interactive training courses give family and home care providers positive techniques and solutions to help face the challenges of caring for someone with dementia. Courses cover a wide range of topics, emphasizing practical knowledge that you can apply on a day-to-day basis. You will learn to anticipate challenges, communicate better, reduce and diffuse conflict and react appropriately when your loved-one is confused or disoriented.

AGI courses can be used towards LPN licensing hours. 

Cost: $90 each training course
Location: AGI’s Boardroom, 5555 Westminster Ave., Suite 304, Montreal, QC H4W 2J2

Contact AGI for more information, or to find out the dates of the next training course.


AGI’s Safety Net Mentorship Program for Caregivers

Safety Net is a free service that offers support, encouragement and an attentive ear to family caregivers.

Safety Net is a unique mentorship program specifically designed to help the family caregiver through the caregiving journey. Caring Mentors, trained by AGI guide the caregiver in navigating the healthcare system, accessing community services and planning for the future.
This innovative program pairs caregivers with trained mentors and gives them guidance and support throughout their caregiving journey. 

AGI is looking for more mentors to help caregivers! Are you interested in becoming a mentor?
  • You're compassionate and want to help
  • You have caregiving experience
  • You understand Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
  • You can offer support on a regular basis
Then you could be a wonderful mentor!

For more details, please contact Maude at 514-485-7233 or maude@agiteam.org

For more information about our Safety Net Program, please call 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org

Click here for a downloadable pdf brochure


Young Onset Dementia Social Group

Register for the Fall Session today!   
We're looking for volunteers!

AGI offers an ongoing weekly social group for those diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia (a diagnosis before age 65) It’s an opportunity to engage in age-appropriate sports and creative activities.

Groups are offered in French and English

Young Onset Dementia (or Early Onset Dementia) refers to any form of dementia diagnosed in people under age 65. Younger people with dementia and their families have unique issues. At the time of diagnosis, the person may be working, have dependent children still living at home and have many financial responsibilities. Families may deal with multiple losses and changes, including future plans and income and the need to adjust roles and relationships. Friendships change since people may not know how to respond to a younger person with dementia, often leaving the family feeling isolated and frightened.

AGI’s unique program is specifically tailored for those individuals under 65 years of age who have been diagnosed with dementia. This innovative program provides an opportunity to socialize with peers while engaging in meaningful activities that meet unique and particular needs. An evening support group is also offered for family caregivers affording them the opportunity to share their concerns.

For more information about our Young Onset Social Group, please call  Marivic at 514-485-7233 or email info@agiteam.org


Men in the Kitchen

A delicious new program that combines a slice of respite, a dash of camaraderie and a cup full of new cooking skills!

AGI’s newest program aims to get male caregivers more comfortable in the kitchen while offering them respite and a chance to get out and enjoy themselves!

It’s a great opportunity for male caregivers to finesse their kitchen skills, learn some new cooking tricks and spend some quality time with other men.

Offered over an 8 week period, participants take part in a cooking group for a three hour session. A team of facilitators, made up of an AGI Counsellor, a Provigo Culinary School Representative and an Instructional Chef, accompany and guide participants through simple, quick and delicious meal preparation focusing on good nutrition.

Each three hour session offers 10 – 12 participants:
  • A welcoming meet and greet with a team of facilitators including an AGI Counsellor, a Provigo Culinary School Representative, and an Instructional Chef.
  • A walk through Provigo to select the ingredients and items for the day’s recipes. Participants learn how to purchase and select grocery items with the guidance of the facilitators.
  • Participants then prepare the ingredients for the meal together in small groups of 3 or 4. The Chef demonstrates preparation techniques, aiding each group as needed.
  • The participants cook the recipes for the day: there’s always a starter, an entrée and a yummy dessert!
  • A sit-down lunch to enjoy each other’s company, and share the nutritious meal they’ve just made together.
  • After the cooking class, participants have an opportunity to purchase the grocery items they need to make the recipes at home.

For more information, or to sign up for Men in the Kitchen: 514-485-7233 or info@agiteam.org