Reducing Risk and Increasing Support: Future Directions in Dementia Care

December 1, 2022
1:00 – 2:00 PM

As baby boomers continue to age and retire, prevalence of dementia will continue to rise at an alarming rate. Currently, over 260,000 Ontarians live with dementia. As Ontario’s population ages, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is expected to double within a generation.

Recently, ground-breaking reports have been released on Dementia Care in Canada to examine our current prevalence and future state of support and care for those living with dementia and their caregivers, actions that can be taken that may help reduce the risk of developing dementia and the role the government has to play in stewarding, and funding, a collaborative approach to this important work across the country. The evidence clearly suggests that the risk for late-life cognitive decline and dementia can be addressed by preventative actions.

The webinar brings together leading experts of these Landmark Reports to provide an insightful discussion on the future of dementia care in Canada. The speakers will draw on their experience, learnings and recommendations within their reports: Roadmap Towards aRenewed Ontario Dementia Strategy (Alzheimer Society of Ontario) and Dementiain Canada Cross-Country Report 2022 (CanAge) and draw upon the report NavigatingThe Path Forward For Dementia In Canada (Alzheimer Society Canada), to highlight:

  • Prevalence and projections of dementia in Ontario and across the Country
  • Reduce discrimination, stigma and stereotypes, and challenges that come with the onset of dementia
  • The impact on the health care system, seniors and family caregivers
  • Understanding of the risk factors for dementia and risk reduction measures that can help delay onset and reduce severity of symptoms, prolonging an individual’s ability to live with dignity at home
  • Proposed equitable solutions to prevent dementia, advance research into therapies and a cure, and improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers
  • Clarify the path forward to inspire individuals, researchers, health-care providers, funding agencies, and governments to support and work toward programs and policies that promote better brain health

Encouraging aging in place with appropriate supports and funding programs for those living with dementia can reduce the strenuous emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial burden placed on care partners. With investments in reducing risk factors and increasing support services can also help promote quality care, and aging with respect and dignity.

Collectively, we can all take actions to reduce risks and promote change for our future care. Register now to learn the actions you can take!


Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter


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Laura Tamblyn Watts

CEO, CanAge

Laura Tamblyn Watts is the Founder and CEO of CanAge, Canada’s national seniors’ advocacy organization. Laura is a passionate advocate on a variety of urgent issues affecting older Canadians, including long-term care and home care, financial security, elder abuse, health care, ageism and inclusion of marginalized communities.

Laura previously served as Chief Public Policy Officer at the Canadian Association of Retired Persons before establishing CanAge at the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic. Since then, CanAge has emerged as a go-to media commentator and trusted voice for Canadian seniors, underscored by Laura’s more than 20 years’ experience defending the rights and dignity of older people as a lawyer and thought-leader.

Laura is actively involved in seniors’ legal, financial and regulatory reform initiatives in Canada, the US, Australia and the South Pacific, including sitting on several federal government advisory boards and working groups guiding public policy standards and legislation

After being called to the bar in 1999, Laura gained extensive legal experience in matters surrounding aging. She currently teaches the Law and Aging course at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, where she is also a Fellow of the Institute for Life Course and Aging. Having served as past chair, Laura is currently an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Elder Law section and Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario.

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Cathy Barrack

CEO, Alzheimer Society of Ontario

As the Chief Executive Officer of Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Cathy Barrick leads with enthusiasm, creativity and a drive to create impact within the not-for-profit sector. Cathy drives innovation through fundraising and program development. Cathy believes that not-for-profits should step up and shine by increasing their social profit margins.

Cathy has worked in the not-for-profit sector from the start, beginning her career as a gerontological social worker. Using her ability to cultivate and foster relationships with others, Cathy has become a fundraising champion. Her leadership of organizations for the last 20 years continues to evolve with a focus on creating an environment where staff feel both valued and supported in their efforts to do good.

As a recent Intrapreneur Fellowship graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Cathy tackles organizational challenges and change from the inside out. Using design thinking to drive success, Cathy believes we can change the culture of the not-for-profit sector.

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