No one should face dementia alone. Dementia can be challenging as it progresses. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is the single local resource to support those living with dementia, including persons living with dementia, caregivers and families. Dementia is on the rise in our region. Dementia affects our memory, thinking, emotions and ability to perform everyday tasks. In Ottawa and Renfrew County today, 24,000 people are living with a diagnosis of dementia. This number is expected to double in the next decade. Our Give65 Event campaign is raising funds to help us reach and meet the needs of more people in our region.
By our community, for our community
The Dementia Society is the recognized provider of dementia services and programs in Ottawa and Renfrew County. We respond to local needs, delivering services in 3 languages at multiple sites, by phone and online, while advocating for a dementia-inclusive region. Everything you give stays in our community.
• Individual Support
We support people with dementia and their families through screening, assessment, care planning, coaching, peer support, care system navigation and referral to specialized services.
• Dementia-Inclusive Programs
We develop, deliver and innovate a wide range of social, recreational and educational programs to reduce isolation and engage people living with dementia and their caregivers and families in meaningful activities.
• Leading Experts
Our experienced and specialized staff are the leading dementia care experts in our region trained to respond to your changing needs at every stage of dementia.
Dementia in a Pandemic
COVID-19 has been especially challenging for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families. While isolating in itself, living with dementia during a pandemic means fewer opportunities for social interaction, disruption of routine, and reduced respite for caregivers-all of which are so important to living well with dementia. The need for our services has never been greater.
With your support, we are responding to the changing needs of people living with dementia given the challenges of social distancing, delivering support, education and recreational programs at a safe distance, when possible, and on virtual platforms, daily.
Your Donations Make a Difference.
"The isolation was difficult for both of us and probably precipitated my dad's decline. The Dementia Society was by my side throughout our journey: They provided me with support and ensured I took care of myself to be able to help my father, including on his last day. They continue to help me now to deal with the grief of his loss during in these surreal circumstances."
Brigette, Daughter / Caregiver
"If you are a caregiver or loved one of someone with dementia or have dementia yourself, the Dementia Society is your best source for support, information, education programs, support groups, etc. The care coaches are fantastic, compassionate people, always ready to take a call and offer great advice!"
Laura Polegato, owner, Supporting Seniors
"The Dementia Society's Arts and Minds classes have helped me and my mom connect with each other in a most wonderful way, in the midst of a most difficult disease. I'm so glad to know that Arts and Minds - and all of the Dementia Society's programs - have moved online in response to COVID-19."
Russ Paquette, caregiver
"I have difficulties, but I'm not incapable. This Dementia Society program helps people me to feel safe…and to have a positive experience."
Paul, a person with dementia
Your support helps us to help more people in our region impacted by dementia, by providing expert:
- Guidance and support
- Social programs and peer engagement
- Information and resources
Thank you for your support!