Overview: This project is intended for people living with dementia and their care partners, and the broader community. A Dementia-Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported; an environment where people living with dementia will be confident that they can contribute to community life. The development of dementia friendly communities helps reduce stigma and create inclusive environments.

This project focuses on:

  • Equitable involvement and leadership of people living with dementia
  • Capacity building for development of dementia-inclusive social and physical environments
  • Establishing dementia-friendly approaches in communities to help reduce stigma and create inclusive environments

Summary:  The Empowering Dementia-Friendly Communities Hamilton, Haldimand project is a communities- based initiative led by the Hamilton Council on Aging, people living with dementia and a multi-disciplinary team of partners, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Dementia Community Investment Fund. This four-year investment provides an opportunity to engage people living with dementia, their care partners, families and other stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate promising practices, programs or initiatives that improve quality of life for persons living with dementia within their communities.