Engagement & Empowerment Groups: Place-based community organizing for dementia inclusive communities

Development and expansion of engagement and empowerment groups of people living with dementia to contribute to influential engagement and empowerment work in the communities of Hamilton, Haldimand, Halton, and Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario.

Key information

Who is this project for? This project is for people living with dementia, facilitators and partners in Ontario communities: Hamilton, Haldimand, Halton, and Six Nations of the Grand River.

Project Lead: Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA)

Project partners: Alzheimer Society – Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton; Six Nations of the Grand River Health Services, GERAS Centre for Aging Research, McMaster Gilbrea Centre for Studies on Aging, Dementia Friends in Our Community Hamilton, Memory Inclusive Communities Everywhere Haldimand

Project status: ongoing, 2023-2025

Project location: Hamilton, Haldimand County, Halton Region, and Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario.

Project team members:

  • Mary Burnett, HCoA Board Lead
  • Anita Gombos Hill, HCoA Project Management Co-Lead
  • Tracy Gibbs, HCoA Project Management Co-Lead
  • Andrea Bridge, HCoA Project Facilitator
  • Phyllis Fehr, HCoA Project Facilitator

Project story

Background:

This project will build upon the previously funded DCI project, Empowering Dementia-Friendly Communities Hamilton, Haldimand, which enabled people living with dementia to actively participate in influential community engagement and empowerment efforts. This project aims to further enhance and broaden engagement and empowerment initiatives across Hamilton, Haldimand, Halton, and Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. The project will establish a regional network comprising individuals with dementia, facilitators, and stakeholders to create a sustainability action plan and a guide for establishing engagement and empowerment groups in other communities. The outcomes and efficacy of these groups will be evaluated and key insights will be disseminated.

This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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