Dementia Friendly Communities Ontario

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A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected, and supported. Read more about how to be dementia-friendly and how you can help on this page!

Dementia Friendly Communities Ontario

Join us in creating safe and supportive spaces for people with dementia by learning how to create a Dementia Friendly Community!

What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected, and supported. It's an environment where they will feel more confident in their abilities to contribute to community life, will be included in conversations, and have a choice and control over their day-to-day lives. 

People with dementia and their care partners have the right to live well in the community, together. As more people are diagnosed with dementia every year and choose to live at home, we need to determine how we can better support people living with dementia. 

Join thousands of Ontarians in showing your support for people living with dementia and their care partners. Together, we can create a Dementia Friendly Community.

Help Make Your Community Dementia Friendly

Dementia Friendly Communities™ training will help you better understand the everyday experiences of people living with dementia.

How to get started

For Individuals

  • Access training through your local Society.
  • If you're a person with dementia, you can join an Advisory Group.
  • Sign up to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society.
  • Become a Dementia Friend.

For Community Leaders

Are you a community partner or member of a local government? Here are 3 easy steps to become a Dementia Friendly Community supporter.

  • Connect with a Society offering Dementia Friendly training.
  • The Society will work with you to determine your training needs and will provide customized in-person training.
  • The Society will work with you to establish an ongoing partnership and support network.

For Businesses, Organizations & Agencies

Are you a business, organization, or agency who wants to become a Dementia Friendly Community supporter? Here's how:

  • Connect with a Society offering Dementia Friendly training.
  • The Society will work with you to determine your training needs and will provide customized in-person training.
  • The Society will work with you to establish an ongoing partnership and support network.

The Benefits of Becoming a Dementia Friendly Community Supporter

  • Join a global movement.
  • Support a large and growing part of the population.
  • Be accessible to people with all types of abilities.
  • Receive recognition in our online directory of current supporters so your community will know you are helping build a Dementia Friendly Ontario!

Get Connected

The following local Alzheimer Societies offer Dementia Friendly Communities™ training. If your local Society is not listed, please contact Kathy Hickman at the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario
  • Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Hamilton-Halton
  • Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District
  • Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
  • Alzheimer Society of Elgin St. Thomas
  • Alzheimer Society of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  • Alzheimer Society of Lanark Leeds Grenville 
  • Alzheimer Society of London Middlesex
  • Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region 
  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Serving Ottawa and Renfrew County
  • Alzheimer Society of Perth County
  • Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton
  • Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste Marie and Algoma District
  • Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County
  • Alzheimer Society of Sudbury-Manitoulin, North Bay and Districts 
  • Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay
  • Alzheimer Society of Toronto 
  • Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington

Our Supporters

The Alzheimer Society recognizes and thanks the municipalities, businesses, service providers, and community leaders listed here who have completed Dementia Friendly community training throughout Ontario.

Click here to view the list of all our Dementia Friendly Community supporters throughout Ontario!

Our Leading Partners

Dementia Friendly Communities Showcase

From care partners to people living with dementia, hear from those who have taken the Dementia Friendly Communities™ training.

Joan Regan - Care Partner - Shoes

Joan Regan - Care Partner - At the cash

Joan Regan, Care Partner - A tire story

Gilbert Arial - Living with dementia

Wayne Markell ACP, Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services

Staff Sergeant George Knezevic - Cornwall Community Police Services

Deniz Bokesoy - Ottawa Public Library

Suzie Pilon, Owner - Pharmacist, Medical Arts Pharmacy

Louise et François Lussier

Louise et François Lussier - La quincaillerie

Louise et François Lussier - L' aéroport

Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament - Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

Kelly Burgess, Manager, Scotiabank, Deep River

Sabiha Azizullah - Care Partner - Respecting Cultural Differences

Bruce Henbest, Upper Canada Village

Mayor Leslie O'Shaughnessy - Cornwall

Laurie Hagan & Charlene Upper - RBC Cornwall

Suzie Pilon - Pharmacienne - Propriétaire - Pharmacie Medical Arts

Bernadette Clement - Roy McMurtry (SDG) Legal Clinic

Bernadette Clement - Roy McMurtry (SDG) Legal Clinic

Laurie Kennedy - Dignity Memorial

Roger Marple - How to be Dementia Friendly

Roger Marple - A Dementia Friendly Story

Dementia Friendly Communities: Cornwall and District