Dementia Friendly Saskatchewan

 

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. With 10 more people in Saskatchewan developing a dementia every 24 hours, this is an critical issue for every Saskatchewan family and community.

 

We believe that part of the answer lies in creating dementia friendly communities to help reduce stigma and improve the quality of life of those affected by dementia. We also believe it is critical that we inform the public about the scale and nature of dementia and empower individuals to seek a timely and early diagnosis.

 

With that in mind, the Alzheimer Society has launched four major dementia friendly initiatives, supported by Government of Canada funding. These initiatives include a Warning Signs campaign, a Dementia Friends program, a Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, and the Dementia Helpline. They are part of a federally funded, collective impact approach to reduce social isolation of seniors in south and central Saskatchewan.

 

It is the first of it’s kind in the province.

 

ABC’s of Dementia Warning Signs Campaign

The ABC’s of Dementia represent three main categories into which ten evidence-based warning signs of dementia are grouped. These warning signs reflect changes in: Abilities, Behaviour, and Communication. The warning signs campaign aims to increase awareness about dementia, the benefits of a timely diagnosis, and to improve public recognition of warning signs other than memory loss. The ABC’s framework has been reviewed by leading health professionals and physicians. You can learn more by visiting www.ABCDementia.ca

 

Dementia Friendly Communities

The Dementia Friendly Communities project strives to create communities throughout Saskatchewan that are welcoming to people with dementia, support them to live well, and engage them meaningfully in everyday life.

 

Dementia Friendly Communities consider not only the environment and design of a space, but also the social networks and interactions that exist within it. Further, the people in these communities understand more about dementia, and those affected by it are supported to feel independent, included, with options for involvement in the community.

 

Our vision is that these communities will recognize that a person with dementia may experience the world differently, and will be prepared to make a conscious effort to reduce stigma, social isolation and ensure the social-citizenship and participation of people with dementia.

 

Dementia Friends

The Dementia Friends program is designed to help people in Saskatchewan learn more about dementia, and to make communities more dementia friendly, one person at a time. A Dementia Friend is someone who decides to learn more about dementia and what they can do to help make our province a more accessible and inclusive place for those affected by it.

 

Dementia Friends are not required to volunteer or donate. A monthly Dementia Friends Newsletter shares valuable information with Friends via email, including strategies and tips to incorporate into their everyday interactions, as well as news, videos, and upcoming event opportunities.

 

Dementia Helpline

The Dementia Helpline has been primarily promoted in two health regions during the first and second year of the grant funding. These sites are the Sunrise and Kelsey Trail health regions, which currently do not have a resource centre located within their borders.

 

The Dementia Helpline provides an opportunity to talk to someone that understands. The toll-free number allows for convenient access for people that may be unable to travel to a Resource Centre, however, it is not a crisis line and such calls will be redirected accordingly.

 

About Us

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is the province’s leading non-profit providing information, support services and education for people affected by dementia. We provide support and services to people in communities across the province.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan
301 - 2550 12th Avenue Regina S4P 3X1
www.alzheimer.sk.ca  1-800-263-3367

 

Dementia Friendly Saskatchewan

 

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. With 10 more people in Saskatchewan developing a dementia every 24 hours, this is an critical issue for every Saskatchewan family and community.

 

We believe that part of the answer lies in creating dementia friendly communities to help reduce stigma and improve the quality of life of those affected by dementia. We also believe it is critical that we inform the public about the scale and nature of dementia and empower individuals to seek a timely and early diagnosis.

 

With that in mind, the Alzheimer Society has launched four major dementia friendly initiatives, supported by Government of Canada funding. These initiatives include a Warning Signs campaign, a Dementia Friends program, a Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, and the Dementia Helpline. They are part of a federally funded, collective impact approach to reduce social isolation of seniors in south and central Saskatchewan.

 

It is the first of it’s kind in the province.

 

ABC’s of Dementia Warning Signs Campaign

The ABC’s of Dementia represent three main categories into which ten evidence-based warning signs of dementia are grouped. These warning signs reflect changes in: Abilities, Behaviour, and Communication. The warning signs campaign aims to increase awareness about dementia, the benefits of a timely diagnosis, and to improve public recognition of warning signs other than memory loss. The ABC’s framework has been reviewed by leading health professionals and physicians. You can learn more by visiting www.ABCDementia.ca

 

Dementia Friendly Communities

The Dementia Friendly Communities project strives to create communities throughout Saskatchewan that are welcoming to people with dementia, support them to live well, and engage them meaningfully in everyday life.

 

Dementia Friendly Communities consider not only the environment and design of a space, but also the social networks and interactions that exist within it. Further, the people in these communities understand more about dementia, and those affected by it are supported to feel independent, included, with options for involvement in the community.

 

Our vision is that these communities will recognize that a person with dementia may experience the world differently, and will be prepared to make a conscious effort to reduce stigma, social isolation and ensure the social-citizenship and participation of people with dementia.

 

Dementia Friends

The Dementia Friends program is designed to help people in Saskatchewan learn more about dementia, and to make communities more dementia friendly, one person at a time. A Dementia Friend is someone who decides to learn more about dementia and what they can do to help make our province a more accessible and inclusive place for those affected by it.

 

Dementia Friends are not required to volunteer or donate. A monthly Dementia Friends Newsletter shares valuable information with Friends via email, including strategies and tips to incorporate into their everyday interactions, as well as news, videos, and upcoming event opportunities.

 

Dementia Helpline

The Dementia Helpline has been primarily promoted in two health regions during the first and second year of the grant funding. These sites are the Sunrise and Kelsey Trail health regions, which currently do not have a resource centre located within their borders.

 

The Dementia Helpline provides an opportunity to talk to someone that understands. The toll-free number allows for convenient access for people that may be unable to travel to a Resource Centre, however, it is not a crisis line and such calls will be redirected accordingly.

 

About Us

The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is the province’s leading non-profit providing information, support services and education for people affected by dementia. We provide support and services to people in communities across the province.