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 New Brunswick Dementia Friendly Initiative is led by the Collaborative for Healthy Aging and Care. This project seeks to support and assist New Brunswick communities that have an interest in better supporting people living with dementia, through the introduction and implementation of dementia friendly approaches (such as education and awareness-raising) to their local context.

The project engages two distinct groups: communities that are recognized as age friendly, and those who are interested in becoming so. The two cohorts will enable an understanding if existing age friendly initiatives impact the integration of dementia friendly approaches.

Who is this project for?

New Brunswick communities who have an interest in becoming more inclusive of people living with dementia. 

Resources this project has created

3 Key Takeaways

  1. This project benefits everyone in the community. By offering dementia-related education to individuals living in the participating communities, stigma surrounding dementia is reduced which benefits not only people living with dementia, but also the whole community. 
  2. Most project activities have been moved to a virtual platform due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Efforts to recruit participants for virtual meetings or project activities are ongoing. 
  3. To help support the participating communities in implementing their own dementia friendly initiatives, we have created two resources. One is a guide called “Creating an Inclusive Community for People Living with Dementia” and the other is a toolkit for communities to use when planning a Community Conversation.

Project Details

Duration: 2020-2023

Organization Lead(s): Collaborative for Healthy Aging and Care

Project Team:

  • Samantha Hachey, Project Lead

  • Julie Caissie, Project Researcher

  • Julie Weir, Chief Executive Officer of New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes

Project Partner(s):
  • New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes
  • Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick
  • New Brunswick Continuing Care Safety Association
  • Department of Social Development – Seniors Healthy Aging Secretariat

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