With funding support from the Province of British Columbia, and in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the Fraser Health Authority, the City of New Westminster has become the first local government in B.C. to develop a Dementia-Friendly Community Action Plan in British Columbia.
In January, 2015 the City of New Westminster became the first Council to become Dementia Friendly by receiving Dementia Friends education from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Since then the Society has been working closely with the City of New Westminster to support the development of a Dementia-Friendly Action Plan. The plan, which is based on a comprehensive literature review and an extensive community consultation process involving over 200 residents, will raise public awareness and understanding about dementia and help ensure that City facilities, infrastructure, programs, and services are accessible to and inclusive of the increasing numbers of people living with dementia.
“This is an exciting milestone,” stated Maria Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Since the launch of our Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative in 2014, the City of New Westminster has been a dedicated partner and leader in this area, and we look forward to working together with the City to implement this important plan.”A copy of the plan is available on the City’s website.
To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s provincial Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative and what the Society is doing across the province, click here.