The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Dementia Society

This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Dementia Society helps people with dementia, their caregivers and families so no one faces dementia alone. We provide guidance and support, social programs and peer engagement, education, information and resources. 

Dementia Link connects people to Dementia Care Coaches who help navigate the journey of dementia from diagnosis to late stages. 

Dementia Basics education provides an overview of dementia, associated behaviours and response strategies. 

Music and recreation programs provide a welcoming environment for people with dementia and their caregivers to enjoy activities together.

As a founding member of the Champlain Dementia Network, we work collaboratively with partners to ensure dementia care is available in our communities.

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The Dementia Society offers various music programs. Music is fun, stimulates memory recall, brings people out of isolation and creates community.

At a glance

Year founded: 1980 as Alzheimer Society of Ottawa-Carleton; 2007 name change to Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County; 2017 name change to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County.

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and Renfrew County

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $2,309,319

Top funding sources:

  • Government: 45%
  • Donations: 34%
  • Bequests: 14%
  • Investment/other: 7%

Fundraising priorities: 

  • Expanding support programs to meet the needs of the growing number of caregivers and people living with dementia
  • Expanding programs for and increasing outreach to Francophone clients
  • Enhancing our technology to better connect to rural communities and to further develop our website

How you can help


Dementia affects nearly 20,000 people in Ottawa and Renfrew County. This number is only growing. People are increasingly turning to The Dementia Society for support. In order to meet the needs of the ever-growing number of caregivers and people diagnosed with dementia, The Dementia Society relies on donor support. Financial donations cover 48% of operating costs.

Along with maintaining and expanding existing programs, The Dementia Society looks to develop new programs to meet newly-identified dementia care needs. 


Volunteers are essential to The Dementia Society’s ability to help caregivers and people living with dementia. Annually, more than 300 volunteers contribute their time and expertise. Volunteer opportunities include delivering education sessions, co-leading support groups, assisting in the delivery of recreation programs and supporting the Walk for Dementia.

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People with dementia and their caregivers participate in the exercise program Let’s Get Moving. With the help of volunteers, fitness instructors adapt the classes to meet participants’ needs.

Events and fundraising

Walk for Dementia

The Walk for Dementia is an annual community event that brings people together to raise funds for much-needed programs and services for those impacted by dementia. Please join us on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Tunney’s Pasture.

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The Walk for Dementia is The Dementia Society’s annual fundraising event held at Tunney’s Pasture in May. Participants fundraise and walk to support caregivers and people diagnosed with dementia.

Board members and executives

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CEO Sheila Bauer (left) and Board of Directors chair Lynda Colley

Mike Lupiano

Paul Morton

Eric Williams

Zaineb Al-Kutoby

Linda Assad-Butcher

Margaret Egan

Cynthia MacKay

Francis (Fred) Gariepy

Louise Laramée

Get in touch

1750 Russell Rd., Suite 1742
Ottawa, Ont.
K1G 5Z6

Twitter: @TheDementiaSoc
Facebook: /TheDementiaSociety