To learn more about the Dementia-Friendly Communities work happening across the country, check this page often for updates.
What is Dementia-Friendly Canada?
The Dementia-Friendly Canada project is a partnership between the Alzheimer Societies of Canada, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and is intended to foster the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the country.
A dementia-friendly community is a place where people living with dementia, their families and care partners feel included and supported. While creating dementia-friendly communities, individuals and organizations should focus on both the physical and social environments to ensure they are fully accessible.
The Dementia-Friendly Canada project provides educational opportunities for the general public and professionals working in the community to mobilize them to champion dementia-friendly principles wherever they go.
What are the goals of Dementia-Friendly Canada?
It is critical that the everything we do as part of the Dementia-Friendly Canada project is guided by the voices of people with lived experience. We are also committed to building tools and resources that stem from best practices and can be easily utilized across the country.
These guiding principles play a key role in achieving each of the project’s three main goals:
- To train Canada’s workforce to be dementia friendly.
- Promoting and educating the general public about dementia through awareness campaigns and resources.
- Achieve sustainability and ensure growth of the Dementia-Friendly Canada initiative across the country.
Dementia-Friendly Communities initiatives
Building Dementia-Friendly Communities online education for: Recreation and Library, Restaurant and Retail, and Public Transportation (coming Fall/Winter 2021!)
Building Dementia-Friendly Communities tip sheets:
Incorporating these tips into everyday interactions will help staff at all levels of your organization contribute to a more supportive, inclusive and dementia-friendly community.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact in our communities and public spaces. Staying connected and engaged is a challenge for all of us, but particularly for people living with dementia. Ensuring the community is dementia friendly has become even more important.
Here are some things you can do in your workplace to build on your dementia-friendly communication skills while keeping everyone safe.
In a dementia-friendly community, people use language that is respectful and inclusive of people who live with dementia and their care partners. By using dementia-friendly language, you can help reduce the stigma.
Use this checklist to assess your workplace environment and develop your action plan for making the space more dementia friendly.
Written communication can be confusing for people living with dementia. Here are some tips to help make your organization’s written materials more dementia friendly.
- What is dementia? (PDF)
- Charter of Rights for People Living with Dementia
- Meaningful Engagement of People with Dementia: A Resource Guide
- Person-centred language guidelines
- 2017 Awareness Survey: Executive Summary (PDF)
- Dementia-Friendly Canada Project webinar 2020 (Vimeo)
- MedicAlert® Safely Home®
- Public Health Agency of Canada: A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve: 2020 Annual Report (PDF)
- Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CD-LRN)
- Towards a dementia-inclusive society: WHO toolkit for dementia-friendly initiatives (DFIs)
Thank you to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
The Alzheimer Society of Canada welcomes the $940,000 investment in the ‘Dementia-Friendly Canada’ project under the Dementia Community Investment from the Government of Canada, administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The Society applauds the Government of Canada for recognizing the impact of dementia, as well as its commitment to creating more understanding and acceptance of dementia.
The views expressed on the Dementia-Friendly Canada webpages do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.