The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County
MORE AND MORE of us are affected by Dementia, but it’s a term that is not always understood—just like those impacted by it. Dementia is an umbrella term for the symptoms caused by different disorders that affect the brain including Alzheimer’s, vascular, frontotemporal, and mixed dementia. Symptoms can vary depending on the type and stage of dementia.
For forty years, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County has been connecting people impacted by dementia to free programs, education and support to help them stay social and active, feel valued and live meaningful lives. Early diagnosis and intervention helps families access support, plan for the future and live better with dementia.
1 in 5 Canadians has experience caring for someone living with dementia.
Most people living with dementia live at home with support from a spouse, family member, or friend. Many care partners report feeling unwelcome in the community—particularly in retail businesses like pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, and in entertainment and recreational facilities—all services which help us to live well.
The Dementia Society’s bilingual no-cost Dementia-Inclusive Training helps to make our community a better place for people impacted by dementia. Organizations like Giant Tiger, RBC branches in Renfrew County, The Shaw Centre, The National Arts Centre and OC Transpo have trained staff to identify the signs of dementia; communicate better with a person living with dementia; and optimized their business environment to be more inclusive and accessible.
Training is web-based, or can be onsite and customized for businesses.
“The information presented gave our service teams the tools to better recognize the signs of dementia, and to adjust our service delivery accordingly. Thank you!” National Arts Centre
Training includes certification in Dementia-Inclusion, and businesses receive a complimentary post-training audit and toolkit; listing on Dementia613.ca, and on-going support.
For more information, visit DementiaHelp.ca (select “Dementia Inclusive” under the Education tab), or call 1.888.411.2067.