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A Dementia Strategy for Canada

The National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act, passed in 2017, mandates the federal Minister of Health to develop a national dementia strategy, host a national conference and establish a Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia. The conference, held in 2018, included diverse participants such as people living with dementia, care partners, researchers and health professionals. The strategy was further shaped by stakeholder roundtables across Canada focused on research and innovation.

The resulting strategy, A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire, outlines three priorities:

  • Prevent dementia
  • Advance therapies and find a cure
  • Improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and caregivers

In 2018, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) launched the Dementia Community Investment, a $4 million annual funding to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners. The DCI investment supports community-based projects (referred to as DCI projects) to:

  • Develop and implement tools, resources, programs, and other interventions to enhance the well-being of people with dementia and their care partners,
  • Increase knowledge about dementia and its risk factors, and
  • Support research to evaluate the effectiveness of project interventions.

The Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network Supports Dementia Community Investment Projects

Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Dementia Community Investment, the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network (CDLRN) is a knowledge hub that facilitates collaboration between the DCI projects across Canada and amplifies their successes. Led by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), CDLRN is supported by a staff and research team at the RIA and is guided by a Community Advisory Committee.

How can this Playbook help you?

This Playbook was created to summarize, share, and showcase the work of the Dementia Community Investment projects in a way that will allow individuals and organizations to learn about and from their work, their successes, and the end products created through their projects. This Playbook is for individuals and organizations who engage with, support, and provide services to people living with dementia and care partners.

In this Playbook, each project is presented as a “Play” from which you can learn from the successes and challenges of the DCI projects. This might mean sharing DCI projects’ toolkits or eLearning modules with the community and clients you work with. This could also mean adopting an existing project that is suitable for the needs and priorities of your local community.

Alternatively, for researchers and organizations, this could mean applying lessons learned by these projects, allowing them to avoid pitfalls and leverage the key learnings identified by projects that have done similar work.

Navigating the Playbook: what does the Playbook include?

Download the Playbook here, or access the Playbook through the CDLRN website using the links below to jump to the section of your choosing.

The Before you begin: foundational knowledge for everyone section includes the following themes and categories:

Equity, Empowerment, and Hope
Fostering Community Partnerships
Meaningful Engagement of People Living with Dementia
Stigma and Dementia
Flexibility and Adaptability

The Plays (past projects):

Play: Building Capacity for Meaningful Participation by People Living with Dementia
Play: Coming Together to Support 2SLGBTQI People Living with Dementia and their Unpaid Primary Carers
Play: Cummings Centre Therapeutic Dementia Care Program
Play: Dementia Resources for Eating, Activity and Meaningful Inclusion
Play: Dementia-Friendly Canada
Play: Dementia-Friendly Communities Supporting the Life Trajectory of People Living with Dementia
Play: Empowering Dementia-Friendly Communities Hamilton, Haldimand
Play: Enhancing Minds in Motion® as a Virtual Program Delivery Model for People Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners
Play: My Tools 4 Care-In Care
Play: Our Dementia Journey Journal
Play: Supporting a Circle of Care
Play: The New Brunswick Dementia Friendly Initiative
Play: Together for Fun!
Play: What Connects Us~Ce qui nous lie

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