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District 19 provides grant to support dementia-friendly communities

Mar 16, 2022

Thanks to a $2,500 grant in 2021 from District 19 Hastings and Prince Edward, the local Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) program can support the recruitment and training of dedicated volunteers.

The funding is going to the Alzheimer Society of Hastings-Prince Edward. DFC training helps organizations, businesses and the public better understand the everyday experiences of people with dementia, and equips them with the skills and confidence to interact with persons living with dementia and their care partners.

The DFC movement began in Japan to accommodate an aging population, and from there spread to the U.K., Europe, Australia and North America. Alzheimer Societies across Canada have started to offer programming to their communities to help support this vision.

The District 19 funding is part of RTOERO’s annual Community Grants program. Districts apply for individual projects (education-related or other community initiatives) that support local programs. Up to $2,500 per project is available.

Since 1968, RTOERO has been a voice for those who work in and retire from the education sector. Our mission is to improve the lives of our members and seniors.

Currently, 565,000 people in Canada are living with dementia, but in less than 15 years that number will be close to 1 million. Local ASHPE staff have seen an increase in demand for services, support, education and awareness

“We’re proud to help support a local and global effort to create communities that acknowledge the human dignity of people living with dementia,” says Gerald Watts, President, District 19 Hastings & Prince Edward.