Western-led workshop aims to build dementia-friendly communities

With the number of people living with dementia expected to more than double within the next 25 years, the demand for community care for people with dementia and their families is anticipated to increase dramatically.

To that end, people with dementia, family caregivers, practitioners, educators, administrators, policy makers and researchers will meet in Toronto on Tuesday, May 20 to develop an action plan that will assist Canadians in achieving dementia-friendly communities.

Led by Western University’s Catherine Ward-Griffin, a professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, the Knowledge Translation in Dementia Care: It Takes a Community workshop will examine the challenges and opportunities within community-based dementia care. The ultimate aim of the workshop is to create new and diverse partnerships that will mobilize and advocate for community resources for persons living with dementia and their families.

The free one-day workshop, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), will be held at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre (89 Chestnut Street, Toronto) on Tuesday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Media are invited to attend.

Collaborators from 25 regional, provincial, and national organizations, as well as researchers from Western, Lakehead University, McMaster University and the University of Waterloo have contributed to planning and organizing the workshop.

Through reflection, discussion, and sharing, Ward-Griffin and her collaborators hope to identify specific areas for refinements/changes needed in dementia care practices and policies to better support persons and families experiencing dementia; develop a plan of action to address the identified areas needing refinements and/or changes; and create opportunities to mobilize and advocate for practice and policy changes that help to facilitate a more comprehensive response to supporting persons with dementia and their families.

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