Tools for Engagement

Stakeholders everywhere in our society can foster resilience in loved ones who are experiencing cognitive difficulties. Everyone strives for social inclusion and recognition of their personhood, and people living with dementia and their caregivers are no exceptions.

What is the recipe for success in fostering resilience?


Dementia Ventures aims to reach a broad range of stakeholders and provide community organizations with tools to engage effectively with people experiencing cognitive challenges.


Let’s give them more opportunities! And how?


Let the voices and experience of loved ones living with dementia inform the planning of meaningful activities that bring joy to everyone involved! You will find some amazing tools below to help you engage and make a difference. 

      Powerful words & approaches       Meaningful engagement       Concise rationales for change

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Powerful words and approaches


Practice Tools and Factsheets (I-CAARE)

A Quick Guide To…Approaches; PIECES of My Relationships (Guidelines, Questions, Family Supplement); Medicine Wheel: Preventing Dementia in Indigenous People by Aging Well; The Pathway of Dementia


Person-centred Language Guidelines (Alzheimer Society of Canada)

“By being more conscious of the language we use, we can avoid reducing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to a series of labels, symptoms or medical terms.”


Dementia and the Media (Dementia Alliance International)

Organizational philosophy:”Nothing about us, without us.” Approach conversations with and about people living with dementia using respectful language that does not stigmatize and demean.


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Meaningful Engagement


Meaningful Engagement: a Resource Guide (Alzheimer Society of Canada)

“A Resource Guide for staff and leadership volunteers …to foster relationship building between staff and leadership volunteers and people with dementia…improve the experience of meaningful engagement for both the organization and the person with dementia…build capacity within organizations to collaboratively address the needs of persons with dementia.”

Tipsheet for Accessibility and Equity in Online Engagement during COVID-19 (MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC) 

“It is important to consider how community members’ identities and experiences may impact their ability to learn about, access or participate safely in an engagement—and tailor plans to suit diverse needs.” 

Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement (MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, Burnaby, BC) 

“Hearing from people with diverse lived experiences leads to more innovative ideas, better decisions, greater public support of outcomes…This guide is designed for individuals sponsoring or planning public engagement initiatives that will inform decision-making...outlines some factors practitioners can reflect on when scoping and designing engagement processes.”

Healthy Community Engagement Action Guide (PlanH, BC Healthy Communities)

Featuring community examples, resources, strategies and other useful information, this guide helps local governments plan their community input process to ensure…equity-centred, inclusive community engagement…to create healthier, more accessible communities.

Making Your Workplace Dementia Friendly (Alzheimer Society of BC)

Specific resources for professionals who are in legal, financial, housing, and recreation professions…”to understand and recognize the signs of dementia…communicate in an effective, respectful way…think about specific ways they can support a person with dementia in their work and how their workplace may become more dementia friendly.…know what resources are available to them and their customers or clients.”

Busting Dementia Stigma: One Children’s Book at a Time (WA Dementia Action Collaborative) 

“Are you a parent, teacher or librarian who wants to help build dementia awareness and challenge stigma? Children’s books can be a great tool! The criteria below can help you evaluate children’s books and select ones that carry a respectful, stigma-busting message.”

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Concise Rationales for Change


Why Arts-based Activities? (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC)

Rationale for social engagement through the arts, credible evidence, and links to model programs that demonstrate how arts-based creative activities can have profound impacts on people at every stage of the dementia trajectory.


Alzheimer Cafés (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC)

Alzheimer cafés were developed to support people with various types of dementia and their caregivers and families in a safe, social setting where they can come and go, as in a regular café. Why and how to educate, engage, and enable in a group setting that assists in overcoming social isolation and caregiver distress.

What is the Building Capacity project all about? (Westside Seniors Hub, Vancouver, BC)

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