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Living Well with Dementia: Toward Dementia-Friendly Policy

March 16, 2017 Ryerson University, Toronto, ON 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM
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PLACE: The Atrium, George Vari Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto
COST: $80 (students and seniors $40) including light morning refreshments & a networking lunch


  • Rob Oliphant, Liberal MP, Don Valley West, co-sponsor of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia
  • Henk Nies, Chair, Vilans (Dutch Knowledge Center for Aging and Long-term Care) and Professor of Organization and Policy, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Eckart Schnabel, Lead, Research Centre for Care Insurance, National Association of Health and Care Insurance Funds, Berlin, Germany


  • Frances Morton-Chang, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Ashnoor Rahim, Vice President Community Care Unit, Seniors & Wellness, Mental Health & Developmental Services, WoodGreen Community Services, Toronto
  • Phyllis Fehr, Person with Lived Experience, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group

Although the onset of dementia is sometimes portrayed as a catastrophic event leading almost inevitably to loss of independence, institutionalization, and unsustainable health care costs, a majority of Canadians living with dementia and their caregivers can, and do, continue to live relatively independently for most or all of their lives. To ensure that this happens in as safe and supportive way as possible, a growing number of jurisdictions are now shifting their focus to what it takes for people experiencing dementia to “live well” in their own homes and communities as active and valued citizens.

This symposium tackles key assumptions around dementia and dementia care starting with the assumption that persons living with dementia are incapable of contributing to their own lives or the lives of others. It considers initiatives now being undertaken internationally, nationally and locally, to move beyond thinking about dementia as an individual medical condition, to dementia as a collective responsibility best addressed through the creation of dementia-friendly communities.


This symposium is presented by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (www.CRNCC.ca) in partnership with the Health System Performance Research Network (www.hsprn.ca), the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto (www.ihpme.utoronto.ca), the Ontario Community Support Association (www.ocsa.on.ca) and the National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University (www.ryerson.ca/nia/).