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The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo, with its partner, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) have created a two-time award-winning training program that focuses on supporting the well-being of persons living with dementia across the continuum of care.

LIVING the Dementia Journey is intended to help organizations (e.g., long-term care, retirement and community settings) create a shared understanding and philosophy of dementia care that builds awareness, understanding, and compassion.

Program modules

LEARNING about the experience of dementia

  • Learn about factors that contribute to the experience of living with dementia

IMPROVING well-being

  • Support and nurture the well-being of each person using creativity and collaboration

VALIDATING and honouring each person in the moment

  • Validate and honour each person’s reality, experiences, contributions, and preferences

INTERPRETING personal expressions, actions, and reactions

  • Understand differences between ‘behaviours’ and personal expressions, actions, and reactions; work proactively to support each person and individualize responsive supports

NURTURING all relationships

  • Nurture relationships with all care partners to enhance quality of life

GREETING each day as an opportunity

  • Greet each day as an opportunity for meaning, purpose, and growth

The training is available in three ways:


For care partners, family members, and persons living with dementia.

  • Summary of the 6 program modules.
  • Each participant will receive a workbook.
  • Participants will have an increased understanding of dementia and be introduced to strategies to support the well-being of persons living with dementia.


For care partners working in long-term care, retirement or community settings.

  • Deep dive into each of the 6 program modules and how they can be applied in practice.
  • Each participant will receive a workbook.
  • Participants will fully understand the 6 modules and be able to implement learnings and strategies to support the well-being of persons living with dementia.


For organizations interested in building in-house capacity to train and support their team.

  • Train-the-trainer workshop with an in-depth review of the 6 program modules and adult learning and facilitation skills.
  • Each participant will receive a Facilitator Manual and all necessary teaching resources.
  • Participants will learn to effectively teach adult learners about LIVING the Dementia Journey and be certified facilitators of the Overview and In-Depth Workshops.


  • LDJ Leadership Accepting the OLTCA AwardIn 2016, LIVING the Dementia Journey was recognized by Argentum (USA senior living leadership association) as an Innovative Education/Training program in memory care.
  • In 2017, LIVING the Dementia Journey was awarded:  Best New Product or Service in Long-Term Care by the Ontario Long Term Care Association.

The program is not only based on research but guided by the perspectives of persons living with dementia, their family members, and professionals. For more information about LIVING the Dementia Journey, please contact | 519-904-0660 ext. 4107.

Go to the LIVING the Dementia Journey website.