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Learning as Power for People Living with Dementia

The brainXchange has been a partner in a national research project to develop the program, “Taking Control of Our Lives: A self-management program for people living with dementia.” In the fall of 2014, this program was piloted in two sites in Ontario. 10 people living with dementia and 8 care partners participated in the 8 week program, covering various topics such as memory strategies, finding meaning and purpose, adapting to change, communication, decision-making, building and keeping connections, emotional wellness, and staying well. Key outcomes identified by participants living with dementia included: standing up to stigma, having more confidence, feeling valued, making strong connections and not feeling alone, and learning more about how to cope with dementia. The program is being piloted in Vancouver and a final report will be created following completion. 
Questions? Contact: Kathy Hickman, Knowledge Mobilization Lead, brainXchange
 

One Step Closer to an Ontario Dementia Strategy

With the support of Ontario’s Premier, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has mandated that his Parliamentary Assistant to work with the “Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs to develop a comprehensive strategy to care for patients with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease”. In order to ensure people with dementia are at the centre of planning in the development of this strategy, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario has proposed to the Parliamentary Assistant, Ministers and Premier that  they undertake an engagement process that begins with the lived experience of people with dementia and their caregivers. (mandate letter, engagement proposal) Today we are one step closer, and the Alzheimer Society will continue to work with government as they begin planning and developing this strategy. Questions? Contact, Delia Sinclair Frigault, Public Policy and Stakeholders Relations Coordinator, ASO
 

Alzheimer Awareness Campaign for Women

Did you know that women represent 72 per cent of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease?  This January the Alzheimer Society has kicked off Alzheimer Awareness Month with a nationwide bilingual campaign called “The 72 percent” to inform women in their 40’s and older about the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and how the Alzheimer Society can help. Learn more 

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