This profile originally appeared in the 2021 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.
In Ottawa and Renfrew County, there are 24,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to double by 2030. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides free local services including support, education and activities — online and in-person — for people living with dementia, their caregivers and families with the support of thousands of donors, volunteers and sponsors to sustain our efforts. We support and connect people living with dementia and their caregivers and families to our Dementia Care Coaches and provide them with the right information and resources to help them navigate dementia care throughout this challenging illness.
At a glance:
Year founded: 1980
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,350,448
Top funding sources:
- Government: 35%
- Investments/Other: 27%
- Government COVID Funding: 21%
- Fund Development: 14%
- Bequests: 3%
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and Renfrew County
How you can help
Every dollar donated to The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County goes to developing and supporting programs to support people in our region facing dementia.
You can make a gift in honour of a loved one or express your sympathy to someone who has lost a loved one. Monthly and general donations enable us to provide the right tools and resources to those living with dementia and create awareness of this illness. To celebrate a milestone, giving only adds to the joy! Mark your special day by bringing a smile to the lives of those living with dementia.
Sponsor a special event, a meaningful program or fundraise an initiative that is close to your heart. Sponsor dollars help us continue to create exercise, technology, music and art programs that provide opportunities for people living with dementia and care partners to remain social and engaged. These activities and programs have helped reduce isolation, especially during the challenges of the pandemic.
Donate your time and expertise by volunteering with The Dementia Society. You can help improve the quality of life of people living with dementia and their care partners. Through our Make a Connection program, volunteers can provide meaningful social connections for people living with dementia and enable their caregivers to take a much-needed break. Techno-savvy volunteers share their knowledge through our Technology Lending Program that lends free tablets and technological training to people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members — connecting them to a wealth of Dementia Society online education and activity programs.
Events and fundraising
The BrainyActive Challenge
The Dementia Society’s BrainyActive Challenge, held in September during World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, is an invitation to exercise your brain every day to build a brain-boosting habit while you raise funds to help people living with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County.
BrainyActive is inspired by the things we know can help us to prevent dementia. The brain loves to be challenged! Try or learn something new, and keep moving. Learn about dementia risk factors and prevention at DementiaHelp.ca and pick an activity that works for you.
Every dollar raised helps to ensure people living with dementia in our region and the people who care for them receive the support, education and programming needed to live well with dementia.
Host an event
Consider The Dementia Society while organizing an office fundraiser around the holidays, or at a summer BBQ. Visit DementiaHelp.ca to request our fundraising toolkit. Be sure to let us know about it so we can boost your event on our social channels! Together, we can help the 24,000 people in our community living with dementia by raising funds for The Dementia Society to ensure no one faces dementia alone.
Board members and executives
Chair, Board of Directors
Anne Van Delst
Louise Laramée secretary
Mary Alice Macneil