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Living Well with Dementia: Towards Dementia-Friendly Policy


Did you know that Penetanguishene, Ontario has adapted the idea of Holland’s Hogeweyk (Dementia Village)? Or that innovative German approaches, including “local alliances for dementia care” are now informing dementia care strategies in Canada?

This symposium features top-tier speakers who will talk not only about cutting-edge innovations in dementia care internationally, but about exciting approaches and possibilities closer to home. Symposium participants will hear the latest news on federal Bill C-233 (National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act) and gain personal insight into Ontario’s emerging dementia care strategy from a person with lived experience.

The Living Well with Dementia: Towards Dementia-Friendly Policy symposium is presented by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community ( in partnership with the Health System Performance Research Network (, the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto (, the Ontario Community Support Association ( and the National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University (



Event Details

Date & Time
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Morning Symposium (with Networking Lunch): 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
(Breakfast and Registration starts at 8:00 AM)


Atrium (3rd Floor), George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, Ryerson University, 245 Church Street, Toronto (Ontario) [Map]

$80 (students and seniors $40) including light morning refreshments & a networking lunch

Event Agenda
Event agenda is available here

Registration is now closed.  There will be no on-site registration.


Opening Speakers

  • Rob Oliphant, Liberal MP, Don Valley West, co-sponsor of Bill C-233, An Act respecting a national strategy for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Henk Nies, Chair, Vilans (Dutch Knowledge Center for Aging and Long-term Care) and Professor of Organization and Policy, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam [presentation]
  • Eckart Schnabel, Lead, Research Centre for Care Insurance, National Association of Health and Care Insurance Funds, Berlin, Germany [presentation]



Panel Speakers

  • Phyllis Fehr, Person with Lived Experience, Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, Ontario [presentation]
  • Ashnoor Rahim, Vice President Community Care Unit, Seniors & Wellness, Mental Health & Developmental Services, WoodGreen Community Services, Toronto [presentation]
  • Frances Morton-Chang, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto [presentation]



Related Reports and Resources

Please see the Dementia section of the CRNCC Knowledge Bank.

The CRNCC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ryerson University
The HSPRN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)