Cape Breton Community Initiatives


The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia works in partnership with organizations in Cape Breton to provide five Caregiver Support Groups throughout the island that provide opportunities to learn and exchange information and education.


To receive additional information on education and support services available in Cape Breton, contact Catherine Shepherd, Regional Coordinator:


The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia works in partnership with organizations in Cape Breton to provide education and support services in the community. In 2003, the Dementia Network of Cape Breton was established and includes service provider agencies, departments and stakeholders who work together to identify needs for persons with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and their family caregivers. Meetings are held every second month at various locations throughout Cape Breton.

In-person caregiver support groups are currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health restrictions. For more information on our response to COVID-19, click here. Learn about our virtual caregiver support groups here.

A yearly Family & Friends Night provides an evening of education in the format of speakers and exhibitors. This interactive evening provides opportunities for family caregivers to ask questions of local community health professionals and is held in June of each year.

The Regional Coordinator in Cape Breton provides educational sessions to community groups throughout the Island, upon request. Most recently, many communities including Inverness, Cheticamp and various locations in CBRM have received information on “Heads Up for Healthy Brains”.

Members of the Dementia Network receive information on relevant education sessions throughout the island and also participate in the annual provincial conference hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. In addition, sessions can be arranged for staff to learn of services and supports offered by the Society to assist health care professionals.