Improving dementia care in Alberta
Alberta Innovates and parners support innovative project for those living with dementia
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 20, 2019 – Under the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan, new resources and supports will increase the quality of life for those living with dementia throughout the province.
Support from Alberta Innovates and its partners will allow the Brenda Strafford Foundation to create a Guide to Create Dementia Friendly Communities in Alberta. Other grants will be provided to Covenant Health’s Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness for six innovative projects, intended to help ensure people living with dementia, and their caregivers, have the supports they need.
Dementia Friendly Communities guide
The new resource is available to help build community capacity to meet the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers.
With $200,000 in funding support from the Government of Alberta, The Brenda Strafford Foundation’s Guide to Create Dementia Friendly Communities in Alberta provides localized information and best practices that individuals, businesses and civil society organizations can use to ensure their communities are dementia friendly.
By educating and engaging the public, Dementia Friendly Community initiatives encourage the creation of local supports, remove barriers and reduce stigmas associated with dementia. The guide will enable more communities to launch these initiatives.
The Brenda Strafford Foundation also contributed $150,000.
The Guide to Create Dementia Friendly Communities in Alberta is available online at dementiafriendlyalberta.ca.
Grants for rural dementia supports
With $100,000 to Covenant Health’s Network of Excellence in Seniors’ Health and Wellness, six innovative projects will focus on practical innovations at the care level and include educating staff, implementing technology that stimulates the senses and cognition, and enhancing environmental factors to increase quality of life.
Covenant Health is matching the government’s commitment with an investment of $100,000.
- Almost 46,000 Albertans are living with dementia.
- The risk of developing dementia doubles every five years beyond age 65.
- As the population ages, in 30 years (by 2048-49), it is projected that more than 165,000 Albertans will be living with dementia.
- To date, the province has invested $12.8 million to expand community programs and services that address the needs of those living with dementia and their caregivers.
- Dementia Strategy and Action Plan: Progress Report
- Dementia Friendly Alberta
- Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan