Dementia Friendly Communities

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!

Interested in booking a Dementia Friendly Community session or learning more?  Contact Maryse Raymond, Education Coordinator at [email protected] or by calling 705-722-1066 ext 229

What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

A Dementia Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia and their care partners are welcomed, included 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. It is a community that pays attention to the social and physical needs of the person living with dementia.

Everyone – local governments, the professional sector, community groups and the general public – can work towards becoming more dementia friendly.

Help Make Your Community Dementia Friendly!

There are a few steps you can take to become dementia friendly. 

1.  Individually:

  • Attend an awareness session (see what is coming up here)
  • Read up on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia's
  • If you're a person with dementia, you can join an Advisory Group
  • Sign up to volunteer with the Alzheimer Society

2.   As a Business/Organization:

      Become a Dementia Friendly Supporter

  • Arrange a training session for your organization with our Education Coordinator, Maryse Raymond
  • Commit to having 75% of your employees trained and receive a "Dementia Friendly Supporter" decal to display
  • We will work with you to establish an ongoing partnership and support network

     Complete Dementia-Friendly CanadaTM Online Modules

  • Complete 4 online modules that target individuals working in recreation/library facilities; restaurants & retail; and public transportation sectors.  Learn more here 
  • Follow up this online learning with an in-person Q & A session with our Education Coordinator, Maryse Raymond.