Champlain Dementia Network Officially Launches Public Awareness Campaign On Advanced Care Planning

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The Champlain Dementia Network is pleased to announce the official launch of an ongoing public awareness and social media campaign designed to encourage people diagnosed or impacted by dementia to plan, discuss, and implement their wishes through Advanced Care Planning.

When a diagnosis of dementia is received there are so many feelings, fears and plans to make. While the dementia journey is different for every person and family, there will come a time when deeper conversations are difficult. Talking about advanced care, and developing a detailed plan, can help ease the burden.

The Advanced Care Planning resources developed by the CDN, in partnership with the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, are designed to guide people who have been diagnosed with dementia, to develop a plan for advanced care. They include information sheets that help separate the myths from the realities of advanced care planning, a video on the five stages of planning, personalized guides that help shape the conversations about advanced care planning, and a workbook that can help individuals set up their own advanced care plan.

These resources can be found online through the following link: http://rethinkdementia.ca/#advancecareplan

“We know many people avoid thinking about their future care needs,” said Paddy Bowen, CDN Member and CEO of The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. “But I know, even in my family, it was so important to know what mom wanted when the time for a decision came.”

Rethink Dementia is a project of the Champlain Dementia Network, funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network. It’s a multi-year public education and awareness campaign which is laying the groundwork for dementia-friendly communities.

The Champlain Dementia Network involves more than 40 providers of dementia care across Ottawa. The focus of this year’s campaign is timely, as the incidence of dementia in our community grows.

For more information or to arrange an interview with CDN Member Paddy Bowen (CEO, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County) contact:

Cole Rivard, Manager of Administration
The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County
crivard@dsorc.org or 613-523-4004 ext. 3153

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