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1.7 Learn from others with dementia

For many people, meeting others living with dementia was a turning point in finding hope.

For many people with dementia, meeting others living with dementia was a turning point in finding hope. They realize that people living with dementia are just like everyone else, living their lives through a variety of ups and downs. People with dementia might meet others online (e.g., in a chat group, at a Dementia Alliance International meeting, or at an online webinar) or they might have met in person through a support group, or through friends.  

A dementia peer support group is a group of people with dementia who share experiences and support each other; there may or may not be people without dementia (e.g., care partners or a professional facilitator) as part of the group. Some people with dementia find peer support groups helpful because they can share with people going through the same experiences as they are. 

It saved my life” 

You might want to ‘meet’ other people with dementia living meaningful lives by:

  • Exploring the stories section of this website where people with dementia share how they are managing their dementia and what their lives are like after diagnosis.  
  • Reading blogs written by people with dementia.
  • Finding out about available support groups through your local Alzheimer’s Society (find your local society below, by clicking the correct provincial link).  
  • Visit this website, created by Paul Lea, an individual living with vascular dementia.

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is a collaboration of like-minded people living with dementia who provide a unified voice of strength, advocacy, and support in the fight for individual autonomy for people with dementia. DAI was established to provide education and awareness about dementia, to eradicate stigma and discrimination and to improve the quality of the lives of people with dementia.

DAI runs online peer to peer support groups, as well as hosting virtual cafes and an educational webinars series for members around the world. Membership and services are free for people with dementia.

Join a support group to learn from others

Sign up to a support group 

Meet other people who have been recently diagnosed with dementia through your local Alzheimer’s Society. 

To find your local Alzheimer’s Society click your provincial link below. On the top left of the page you can click “Change your Society” and select your local chapter.  

Alzheimer Society of British ColumbiaClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest TerritoriesClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of SaskatchewanClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of ManitobaClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of OntarioClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of QuebecClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of New BrunswickClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward IslandClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Nova ScotiaClick Here 

Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and LabradorClick Here 

Participate in research

Ask your doctor if there is research you can participate in, sign up to participate in our research project or visit the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada‘s research page to learn how you can get involved.