Webinar Discussion Series: Community Dementia Care and Support

Innovations supporting people living with dementia and care partners closer to home

There are more than 419,000 Canadians aged 65 years and older diagnosed with dementia; and more than 78,000 new cases diagnosed every year among this age group. In addition, more than 460,000 people living in Canada are care partners for a person living with dementia.1 For many people, living well means living independently, or in their homes and communities, and for as long as possible. As dementia progresses, people can require more help with daily activities, which is often provided by family or friends as care partners.

Working together with partners and people dedicated to improving the experience of care for people living with dementia and care partners, we have identified emerging and demonstrated innovations2 that have improved early diagnosis of dementia and coordination and navigation of community supports.

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is hosting a webinar series to profile and discuss innovations that aim to improve:

  • Timely, competent and compassionate dementia diagnosis, in primary care, including virtual access along with availability of resources and support.
  • Competent, and compassionate post diagnostic supports, including care coordination & navigation.

Through the webinars, innovators will present their innovation and participants will join a conversation to help inform the feasibility of its spread. We will also explore how CFHI can add value and support this.

The focus of the innovations being shared are aligned with the recommendations outlined in Canada’s national dementia strategy report, A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire.

Upcoming Webinars

Tuesday July 21, 12.00pm (EDT)
Webinar 2: Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI) and CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnosis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISANCE) 

Panel Members: Mary Beth Wighton (Chair & Co-founder, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group and Dementia Advocacy Canada, Member - Federal Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia) and Mimi Lowi-Young (Chair of the Board of Directors, AGE-WELL Network Centre of Excellence INC.)

Innovators: Dr Karenn Chan (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Care of the Elderly), Helen Lightfoot (Provincial Practice Lead, Seniors Health SCN, Alberta Health Services) and Carrie McAiney (Schlegel Research Chair in Dementia, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo and Scientific Director, Murray Alzheimer Research & Education Program)

CFHI host: Jennifer Major

This webinar will feature:

  1. An innovation that has worked in Alberta to support people living with dementia and care partners in the community – Primary Health Care Integrated Geriatric Services Initiative (PHC IGSI): Connecting People and Community for Living Well
  2. An international research project that will create toolkits and campaigns to improve the dementia diagnostic process and post-diagnostic support – CO-desiGning demeNtia dIagnosis ANd post-diagnostic CarE (COGNISANCE).

We will discuss the potential to spread of these innovations to improve care and support in the community for people living with dementia, and care partners.

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September 15, 12.00pm (EDT)

More details about this webinar to come.

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Recent webinars

Tuesday June 16, 12.00pm (EDT)
Webinar 1: Introduction and Ontario Health - Quality Standards

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Panel Members: Mary Beth Wighton (Chair & Co-founder, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group and Dementia Advocacy Canada, Member - Federal Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia) and Mimi Lowi-Young (Chair of the Board of Directors, AGE-WELL Network Centre of Excellence INC.)
Presenter: Stacey Johnson (Lead, Quality Standards, Ontario Health)
CFHI host: Jennifer Major

This webinar provided an overview of CFHI’s Community Dementia Care and Support webinar discussion series. Participants discussed Ontario Health’s Quality Standard and associated resources designed to help improve care for people living with dementia, and care partners, in the community. Participants also engaged in a discussion around the potential spread of standards and innovations improving care and support for dementia. 


Public Health Agency of Canada. A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. 2019. Available from: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/images/services/publications/diseases-conditions/dementia-strategy/National%20Dementia%20Strategy_ENG.pdf

2 Within healthcare, an innovation can be a practice, policy or program that is novel in that it is proven to be more effective than the status quo – enhancing or outperforming the way care is currently delivered, funded or governed and improving experience and outcomes for patients, caregivers and families.