What is this project about and why is it important?

This project is supported by the Canadian Dementia Learning and Resource Network at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) and funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Dementia Community Investment (DCI). These funded projects are actively developing and testing tools, resources, and approaches to promote the well-being of persons living with dementia and care partners.

The Hamilton Council on Aging is working in both Hamilton and Haldimand to develop dementia friendly action plans. The project explores how a community with an existing Age Friendly Plan (Hamilton) versus a community without one (Haldimand) can become a dementia inclusive community.

A Dementia-Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported; an environment where people living with dementia will be confident that they can contribute to community life. The development of dementia friendly communities helps reduce stigma and create inclusive environments.

Who is this project for?

This project is intended for people living with dementia and their care partners, and the broader community.

Resources this project has created


3 Key Takeaways

This project focuses on:

  • Equitable involvement and leadership of people living with dementia.
  • Capacity building for development of dementia-inclusive social and physical environments.
  • Establishing dementia-friendly approaches in communities to help reduce stigma and create inclusive environments.

Project Details

Location: Hamilton and Haldimand County, Ontario

Duration: 2020-2023

Organization Lead(s): Hamilton Council on Aging

Project Team:

  • Tracy Gibbs, Project Manager

  • Mary Burnett, HCoA Project Lead

  • Shelagh Kiely, Project Coordinator

  • Dr. Wendy Renault, Dementia Friendly Communities Educator

  • Laura Garcia Diaz

  • Phyllis Fehr

  • Susan Goodman

  • Dr. George Ioannidis

  • Loretta Hillier

  • Debbie Keay

  • Nicole Mans

  • Jenny Siemon

  • Dr. Lori Letts

  • Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

  • Sharon Pierson

  • Anne Pizzacalla

  • Dr. Anthea Innes

Project Partner(s):

This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Dementia Community Investment (DCI).