New resource for recreation service professionals now available
Recreation and community centres are central to our neighbourhoods and can be the primary way in which people living with dementia and their care partners engage with their community. Although many people living with dementia live well in the community for a long time, staying engaged in activities they once enjoyed can become difficult as physical and cognitive abilities change. Meanwhile, stigma, as well as social and physical barriers, can make it harder for people living with dementia to feel supported and remain involved in their communities. The Society’s newest resource, Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for recreation services providers will give recreation service providers an introduction to dementia and will help them recognize when someone may be living with dementia. The guide includes helpful strategies and tips for communicating with people who are living with dementia, and makes recommendations for programs and services that are mindful of people living with dementia in the community. It concludes with ways recreation or community centres can be adapted to be more dementia friendly from a planning and policies perspective.
The guide was reviewed by both the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s advisory groups of caregivers and people living with dementia, as well as professionals from across the recreation sector. They shared their experiences and expertise to ensure the guide is relevant and meaningful.
Everyone has a responsibility to help make their community dementia friendly. Dementia-friendly communities support people living with dementia to be engaged and active where they work, live and play.
Click here to download Making your workplace dementia friendly: Information for recreation service providers.
We also have resources available for the following professions: legal professionals, finance professionals and housing professionals. If your profession is not listed and you’re interested in learning more about how you can support people living with dementia in your workplace please contact [email protected].
For additional information on the Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative please contact [email protected].