Resources for Healthy Aging for Ethno-cultural Seniors


Cultural Home Visiting Support Guide

Ethno-cultural seniors cultural home visitors training guide

This practical volunteer training and support guide was created to help ethno-cultural seniors’ groups develop and conduct formal culturally appropriate volunteer training and support. The training guide will enhance the volunteer work currently done by the different communities and will meet the need for more formalized training and support that has a cultural component. The guide is intended to help increase the capacity and sustainability of existing ethno-cultural groups in Ottawa who provide volunteer services. It is also meant to act as a resource to mentor young people from different cultural backgrounds who want to volunteer in their own community, to help them learn and practice their language skills, and to increase knowledge of their own cultures of origin.

 Funding provided by the Government of Canada, New Horizon for Seniors Program.

Dementia Program Design Toolkit

This tool is developed as part of Developmental Evaluation of Culturally Responsive Community Based Healthy Brain program. Our goal is to help community stakeholders in developing their model of Healthy Brain program which will be added to the pool of pilot programs.

Tip Sheets

The following Tip Sheets are provided by the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County:

10 Warning Signs of Dementia (and 8 ways to be brain healthy)

10 tips to help you communicate with a person who has dementia


Challenges For Ethno-Cultural Caregivers
Culturally Responsive Dementia Care From the South Asian Perspective
Dementia Community Programming – Conceptual Framework
Forum Report: Culturally Responsive Dementia Care for the South Asian Community
Forum Report: Needs of Ethno-cultural Seniors Aging in Ottawa (2018)

Other Resources

External Research: InFocus Informal Caregiving and Diversity
 The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Do you have questions about memory loss or dementia? Are you caring for someone living with dementia? The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is our trusted partner and the regions best source for information and support.

If you would like to receive Dementia Friendly training for yourself, community, organization or business. Please contact the Dementia Society or fill out this form here.

More Links for Seniors With Dementia and Caregivers

Resources Available on COVID-19

Alzheimer Society, Canada

Tips for People with Dementia, Caregivers and Families

The Ontario Caregivers Organization

Caregiver Tips & Resources

Alzheimer Society British Columbia

Good resources are available on COVID-19

Public Health Agency of Canada

United States:

Alzheimer Association Chicago, IL

Information translated in Spanish

Alliance, National Family Caregivers Center for Caregivers

Fact and Tip Sheet

            Health Topics

            Caregiving Issues and Strategies

Translated in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Articles for Family Caregivers

Dementia UK

Useful information from Calming Techniques, looking after yourself and Caring from a Distance.

Dementia Australia

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Tips for Carers, Families and Friends of People Living with Dementia

Brain Exchange

This site links to many different dementia resources, webinars, and other websites sorted by category (Ex. Art, music, communication, sleep, physical activity, LGBTQ, police etc.) 

Resources for Healthy Communities
Six Healthy Developments Checklists (2013)

A series of six checklists, for different types of developments, to help residents think about how developments planned for their neighbourhood will affect their health or the health of their neighbours.  Developed for the Centretown Community Health Centre