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Building dementia-friendly communities

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Presenters:

  • Ronan Ryan, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer Society of Canada
  • Heather Cowie, National Project Manager, Dementia-Friendly Canada
  • Sana Aziz, Provincial Coordinator, Dementia-Friendly Communities, Alzheimer Society of B.C.
  • Jennifer May Vicente-Licardo, Education Manager, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
  • Maggie Scanlon, Program Manager, Provincial Programs and Partnerships, Alzheimer Society Ontario
  • Susan Oster, Coordinator, Public Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners
  • Stuart MacDonald, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria

Summary:

The Dementia-Friendly Canada project is a partnership between Alzheimer Societies across the country. The project is intended to grow dementia-friendly communities by creating a truly nation-wide impact. One of the project goals is to train Canada’s workforce to be dementia friendly, and one way we are doing this is by developing free tools and resources in order to give Canadians knowledge and confidence when it comes to supporting and including people affected by dementia. This presentation will provide an introduction to our newly developed course Building dementia-friendly communities. This course is designed for professionals working in the following three sector groups: recreation and library, restaurant and retail, and public transportation sectors. The course will provide a foundational knowledge of dementia, and outline the considerations that organizations can include in their social and physical environments in order to better support and include people living with dementia. To learn more visit: alzheimer.ca/dementiafriendlycanada

 

This project has been generously funded by the Government of Canada, administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed in this presentation do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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