Currently 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia and that number is expected to almost double in the next 15 years. Research shows that 65% of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women and that the annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia is $10.4 billion dollars. Consequently, the need to support people with dementia and their caregivers and the need for public awareness and action has never been greater. For that reason, the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District is committed to providing information, resources and support both for the 3,600 local people living with dementia and their families, as well as for the communities in which they work, live and do business.
Last fiscal year, the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District as very fortunate to receive a provincial grant from the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility in order to train 50 new dementia friendly communities and 2,000 dementia friends at no cost throughout the Champlain region! We did it! Our chapter of the Alzheimer Society has lead the way in Ontario by training community organizations such as first responders, support service providers, transportation providers, banks, faith communities, legal communities, pharmacies and libraries to understand, respect, support, and include people living with dementia and their families. Furthermore, we are proud that our training was available in English and French, although majority of the communities elected training in English.
The feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive with 92% reporting that their confidence to approach someone living with dementia increased and 100% of respondents stating that the information that they learned will help them to engage and to support people living with dementia. To hear video testimonials from local Dementia Friendly Communities and for the full list of communities that have been trained to date in Ontario, please visit the Dementia Friendly Communities Showcase.
While we no longer have grant funding to pursue Dementia Friendly Communities training, we remain committed to continuing educating community partners so that our regions is equipped and prepared to meet the growing needs of people living with dementia.
What is the estimated cost of the project? $10,000
What is the estimated date of completion of this project? 06/13/2020
We are applying for funding from 100 Women Who Care - Cornwall & Area to continue to train organizations in Cornwall and area as Dementia Friendly Communities. At a cost of $300 per three hour training session, we are applying for $10,000 in funding from this 100 Women Who Care - Cornwall & Area to provide 33 sessions by June 2020.
A dementia friendly community provides an environment where people living with dementia and their caregivers are included and supported in day-to-day life. By helping community members better understand dementia and how to interact with someone who lives with it, Dementia Friendly Communities reduce the stigma around the disease and provide an environment where people with dementia and their caregivers are included, supported and can live well.
The Dementia Friendly Communities training empowers local organizations to understand dementia and to make changes on their policies and procedures to be able to respect and include those living with dementia and their families.
The Alzheimer Society helps those living with Alzheimer's Disease or other dementias and their families live well through: support, education, advocacy, and research.