Albertans have expressed a desire to remain in their homes and communities as they age. In order to support individuals to remain at home, integrated community-based health and social services are required that optimize individuals independence, quality of life and wellbeing, including those Albertans living with dementia.
Dementia Friendly Communities, The Brenda Strafford Foundation, Calgary Zone
Starting in two communities, this initiative will build community capacity to support people to age-in-place, while also raising public awareness about dementia with the aim to reduce stigma. Findings will be used to create a Dementia Friendly Community toolkit to support dementia friendly community development across Alberta.
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Brenda Strafford Foundation
Moving for Memory, Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network, Edmonton Zone
The Moving for Memory program combines cognitive and physical activity to promote health promoting behavior changes targeting people diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment to those with more pronounced dementia. This health promotion initiative also provides transportation for those where transportation is an issue and promotes early linkages to community supports.
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MusicLINKs, LINKages Society of Alberta, Calgary Zone
MusicLINKs is an innovative approach to music programming involving youth and people living with dementia in long term care. Twenty-four dementia residents will each be paired with two youth volunteers. Each pairing will work with the family and care team to develop a weekly plan of engagement activities and a personalised music playlist will be provided to each participating resident at the end of the initiative.
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Stakeholder Inclusion in Practice Change, The University of Lethbridge, South Zone
The goal of this project is to provide opportunities for inclusion of residents living in long term care to participate in normal activities of daily living. Residents will participate in mealtime activities such as food preparation, mealtime set up and clean up alongside staff, thus promoting choice, participation and inclusion.
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CARERS Program, The Calgary Chinese Elderly Citizens’ Association, Calgary Zone
The CARERS program is an evidence-based training program designed to deliver targeted and tailored skill-building interventions using simulated patients in order to teach family caregivers about how to better manage day-to-day caregiving demands. Three groups will go through the CARERS program, with sessions being delivered in Mandarin and in Cantonese.
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WestView Dementia Support Community Collaborative, AHS Westview Health Centre, Edmonton Zone
This initiative focuses on how by working together, the Westview health, social and business sectors can increase inclusion and reduce stigma for people affected by dementia. The project team, working closely with people affected by dementia will build an understanding of barriers that limit opportunities to participate fully in their community. Individualized community engagement plans will be developed, leading to strategies for ongoing community partnerships and education.
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Life – My Way…Living Well with Dementia, Lifestyle Options Retirement Communities and Choices in Community Living, Edmonton Zone and South Zone
This initiative provides opportunity to increase organizational capacity to deliver, evaluate and sustain the Butterfly Household Model of care, which focuses on relationship-based vs. task-based approaches to dementia care. The evaluation of practice change will occur at four Supportive Living sites, two Lifestyle Options sites and two Choices in Community Living sites.
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