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Dementia Education for Youth

SIIP will bring partners together to develop a youth-focused dementia education program and prepare young people for experiential learning opportunities within intergenerational programs.

We will adapt the RIA’s award-winning LIVING the Dementia Journey program for a youth audience, train and license school-based facilitators, and create an e-learning version to enable independent study. SIIP will pilot the program in selected schools, and then scale the program to schools across Waterloo Region.

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an evidence-informed training program for both formal and informal caregivers who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

The LDJ program:

  • Increases understanding of dementia and provides a new perspective on the experience of living with it,
  • Applies a person-centred approach to provide individualized support,
  • Enhances skills in relationship-building to support individuals with compassion and respect,
  • Shares strategies to recognize, interpret, and respond to personal expressions (behaviours), and
  • Addresses ways to tackle boredom, loneliness, and helplessness by creating opportunities for meaning, purpose and growth.

LDJ was created in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners. It provides a fresh perspective on dementia care and support based on real life experiences.

The program emphasizes the importance of shifting care and services to focus on a person’s strengths and abilities, and how each person can be supported in living life to the fullest.

For more information about LDJ, visit livingdementia.ca.