Have you heard? Toronto has officially joined the global movement to build dementia-friendly communities!
The Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s Dementia-Friendly Communities program was launched on October 23, 2017 and there were over 100 participants, including people living with dementia and memory loss, care partners, and local businesses and organisations.
Together, we talked about how we can support people living with dementia to be included in all aspects of community life. YOU can help. As community members, businesses, and organizations, we must promote the independence and safety of people living with dementia by learning, raising awareness, and working together.
Our goal here at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto is to change social and physical environments so that our neighbourhoods are places where people living with dementia and their care partners feel valued and empowered.
We know this won’t happen overnight, and it certainly won’t happen without your help.
Based on our conversations at our launch, graphic recorder Patricia Kambitsch created these visuals of changes we hope to accomplish within the next year, as well as changes we think will take a little longer. Take a look, and let us know if you have any ideas to add!
We need you to take action now to help us build a dementia-friendly Toronto! Here are some simple things you can do that will have a big effort in our neighbourhoods:
- Email the Dementia-Friendly Toronto video and website to your family and friends.
- Invite us to do a FREE Dementia-Friendly Communities training for your team or community group. BONUS: You’ll receive an official badge for your organization once all training is complete!
- Join the Advisory Committee if you are a person living with memory loss or a care partner. Reply to this email for more information.
- Distribute Dementia-Friendly Toronto postcards to local businesses and organizations. Ask for some today– they are free of charge!
- Join the conversation online using the hashtag #DementiaFriendlyTO.
The Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative has been generously sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.