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.

This project aims to optimize the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia and family and/or friend caregivers in Inuit communities of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. Community members are being engaged to help create culturally sensitive educational resources, which will be tested through in-community and in-home workshops.

This work is important as it will provide these communities with culturally appropriate resources aimed at increasing the knowledge among family and/or friend caregivers of the various stages of dementia and how to support people living with dementia. This project also hopes to share the resulting resources with long-term care staff to help ensure that Inuit Elders can receive more culturally appropriate care from non-Inuit professionals.

Who is this project for?

The intended participants of this project are people living with dementia and family and/or friend caregivers in Inuit communities of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. The resources generated by this project will also be shared with long-term care staff to improve the provision of culturally appropriate.

3 Key Takeaways

  1. We are a community based project that supports the Inuvialuit Settlement Region that includes 6 communities of those living with dementia, their families and health workers.
  2. We work on educating Inuvialuit on the basic signs and symptoms of dementia, as well as the health and wellness of our people living with dementia, their families and health workers.
  3. We provide resources and materials such as handouts with signs and symptoms, health care information, and education about dementia.

Project Details

Duration: 2020-2023

Project Team:

  • Sarah MacNabb, Dementia Project Coordinator

  • Evelyn Storr, Director of Health and Wellness

  • Megan Etter, Director of Counselling Services

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