Empowering Dementia- Friendly Communities

Hamilton & Haldimand



What is a Dementia-Friendly Community? 

 A Dementia-Friendly Community is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected and supported; an environment where people living with dementia will be confident that they can contribute to community life. In a Dementia-Friendly Community,  people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people living with dementia will be included and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives and level of engagement.




Project Overview

 The ‘Empowering Dementia-Friendly Communities’ (Hamilton, Haldimand) is a communities-based initiative funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This four-year investment provides an opportunity to engage persons living with dementia, care partners and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate promising practices, programs or initiatives that improve quality of life for persons living with dementia within their communities.


#1: To create dementia friendly action plans:

  • As a component of the Hamilton Age Friendly Plan in Hamilton, ON; and
  • In communities in Haldimand, ON that do not have an Age Friendly Plan.

#2: To enhance awareness about the need for dementia friendly strategies in order to reduce stigma and create inclusive environments for persons living with dementia, their care partners, families and friends within a community with an age friendly plan and without.

#3: Undertake intervention research to assess the effectiveness of the program or initiative and promote/apply this knowledge to support expansion of the project’s reach to new communities, sectors, populations and/or jurisdictions.

  • To evaluate the strategies and processes associated with the development and implementation of dementia friendly strategies in distinct communities: (1) in a largely urban community supported by an Age Friendly Plan (Hamilton); and (2) in a rural community without an Age Friendly Plan (Haldimand).
  • To share the learnings from the development and implementation of the project.


This project is a collaborative initiative, led by a multi-disciplinary team of organizations, including the Hamilton Council on Aging, the City of Hamilton, the City of Hamilton Seniors Advisory Committee, the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton, the GERAS Centre for Aging Research, Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, Senior Support Services of Haldimand, Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, McMaster University, the Regional Geriatric Program central and the Age Friendly Collaborative Governance Committee. This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. 




Press Release

Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA)

August 13, 2020 – Empowering Dementia Friendly Communities Hamilton & Haldimand

The recent announcement of a $800,000 four-year grant will enable the Hamilton Council on Aging  (HCoA) to continue and expand the development of dementia friendly communities in Hamilton  and Haldimand. The Dementia Community Investment Fund grant is distributed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. 


Press Release

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

August 13, 2020 – Dementia Community Investment

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of more than $7.85 million over four years, towards 12 new projects that will support individuals living with dementia, their families, caregivers and communities. The Government of Canada is funding these projects through the Dementia Community Investment (DCI), which supports community-based projects that address the challenges of dementia. 

Communiqué de press

Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA)

Le 13 août 2020 – Communautés amies des personnes atteintes de démence – Hamilton et Haldimand

Hamilton – Une subvention de 800 000 $ sur quatre ans annoncée récemment permettra au Hamilton Council on Aging (HCoA) de poursuivre la création de communautés amies des personnes atteintes de démence à Hamilton et à Haldimand. Cette subvention dans le cadre du Fonds d’investissement en matière de démence dans les communautés est accordée par l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada.

Communiqué de press

Agence de la santé publique du Canada

Le 13 août 2020 – Investissement en matière de démence dans les communautés (IDC)

L’honorable Patty Hajdu, ministre de la Santé, a annoncé aujourd’hui un investissement de plus de 7,85 millions de dollars sur 4 ans dans 12 nouveaux projets qui aideront les personnes atteintes de démence, leurs familles, leurs aidants naturels et leurs collectivités. Le gouvernement du Canada finance ces projets par l’intermédiaire de l’Investissement en matière de démence dans les communautés (IDC), qui soutient des projets de proximité abordant les défis associés aux démences.