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 Alzheimer Society Granby and region has been offering its clientele the “Together for fun!” program developed by a research team from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières for more than eight years. The project aims to mobilize its expertise to implement the program in ten community settings providing recreation to seniors in Québec and Nova Scotia and to assess its impact. The program targets rural, urban, francophone and anglophone environments and aims to counter the stigmatization of people with neurocognitive impairment by integrating the Together for fun! program into community settings that offer recreation for seniors.

The goal of the project is to identify approaches for adapting and supporting the program implementation in a community center. We also expect to develop partnership opportunities with the local Alzheimer Society in the region the project is being implemented in order to raise awareness of the program and continue their participation. Given the pandemic context of Covid-19, we have adapted the program to allow it to be offered in virtual or classroom modules. Trials are underway at the Alzheimer Society of Granby to test the training, guides and tools before their implementation in virtual mode.

Who is this project for?

The program targets rural, urban, francophone and anglophone environments and aims to counter the stigmatization of people living with dementia by integrating the program into ten community settings in Quebec and Nova Scotia that offer recreation for seniors.

Resources this project has created

  • Promotional materials about the program, including posters, inserts, pamphlets, and mini videos
  • PowerPoint training slides
  • Training guides
  • Videos related to dementia and its associated symptoms
  • Internal Google drive and website

3 Key Takeaways

  • Implementing the program in the community is necessary to create welcoming and inclusive environments for people living with dementia and their caregivers in the recreational settings they attend.
  • When caregivers become familiar with the program at an earlier stage in the dementia journey, they are better equipped to navigate the challenges associated with dementia.
  • The program is a “turnkey” program; it is complete and ready to be implemented. It consists of a training program, coaching, promotional tools, training guides, 48 activity sheets, and thematic vignettes, as well as implementation tools for leaders who want to roll out the program in their communities. The program is available in English and French for in-person or virtual settings.

Project Details

Location: Granby, Québec

Duration: 2019-2023

Organization Lead(s): Alzheimer Society of Granby and Region

Project Team:

  • Josée Perras, Project Manager

  • Sophie Foisy, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Granby and Region

  • Hélène Carbonneau, Author of the program and Senior Researcher

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