Program Supports Dementia Workshops, Policy Development

Health Minister Rona Ambrose, in partnership with Alzheimer Societies across Canada, officially launched Dementia Friends Canada at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Edmonton. Several mayors and MPs signed up as the first Dementia Friends, kick-starting the program’s goal of signing up 1 million Canadians by July 1, 2017.

As part of its Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has been working with a number of local governments to support people living with dementia in their communities, sometimes with support from Age-friendly BC grants.

The Society is also providing educational workshops and dementia-friendly policy support to local government councils, boards and staff, and the general public.  The workshops provide additional information tailored to audiences to help build understanding of dementia and of the people living with dementia.

If you are a caregiver, or person living with dementia, looking for information or assistance please contact an Alzheimer Society of B.C. resource centre in your area.

Become a Dementia Friend at Dementia Friends Canada website, or learn more about these initiatives by contacting them directly.

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