Friend­lier places

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A $100,000 On­tario gov­ern­ment grant will help the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Corn­wall and District to de­velop 50 new De­men­tia Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties and train 2,000 peo­ple within neigh­bour­hoods, or­ga­ni­za­tions, busi­nesses, work­places and ser­vices within the Cham­plain re­gion.

Re­search has shown that while aware­ness about de­men­tia has in­creased, stigma and neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes around it con­tinue to per­sist.

The re­gional Alzheimer So­ci­ety branch has tack­led the is­sue through a pi­lot project it un­der­took last year, pro­vid­ing De­men­tia Friendly Com­mu­nity (DFC) train­ing to pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions.

With this re­cent grant from the Min­istry of Se­niors Af­fairs, the Alzheimer So­ci­ety aims to ex­pand on the suc­cess of the pi­lot ef­forts in Corn­wall and ex­tend the pro­gram to other parts of Eastern On­tario.

The knowl­edge gained from the train­ing ses­sions will be shared with other Alzheimer So­ci­eties through­out On­tario so they can do the same in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

All in­quiries to be­come a DFC are wel­come by the AS of Corn­wall and District.

The so­ci­ety is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from busi­nesses, or­ga­ni­za­tions, work­places, neigh­bour­hoods in Stor­mont, Dundas, Glen­garry, Prescott, Rus­sell and Ak­we­sasne.

Those who re­ceive the free three-hour train­ing ses­sion are for­mally rec­og­nized as a De­men­tia Friendly Com­mu­nity and will be pro­vided with DFC de­cals to dis­play in their win­dows, will be high­lighted on On­tario’s DFC mi­crosite and most im­por­tantly will be­come bet­ter equipped to sup­port this grow­ing need.

Con­tact the AS at 613-932-4914 or [email protected] for more in­for­ma­tion.

Dis­crim­i­na­tion

A Leger-led sur­vey, which polled 1,500 Cana­di­ans be­tween 18 and 65, found that 46 per cent of re­spon­dents would feel ashamed or em­bar­rassed if they had de­men­tia, while 61 per cent said they would face dis­crim­i­na­tion of some kind.

The sur­vey also shows that one in four Cana­di­ans believes that he or she would be shunned by friends and fam­ily he or she was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia.

Only five per cent of Cana­di­ans would learn more about de­men­tia if a fam­ily mem­ber, friend or co-worker were di­ag­nosed.

One in five in­di­vid­u­als would avoid seek­ing help for as long as pos­si­ble in or­der to avoid be­ing os­tra­cized.

“This is some­thing that a com­mu­nity has the power to change,” notes the so­ci­ety.

DFC train­ing has al­ready been of­fered to first re­spon­ders, city em­ploy­ees, a tourist at­trac­tion, and a phar­macy.

Each group has mod­i­fied its cus­tomer ser­vice prin­ci­ples to en­hance com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies when in­ter­act­ing with some­one liv­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease or de­men­tia.

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