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.
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%
- 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 dementiahelp.ca
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.
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.
Board members and executives
Francis (Fred) Gariepy
Get in touch
1750 Russell Rd., Suite 1742