What is LIVING the Dementia Journey?

LIVING the Dementia Journey (LDJ) is an award-winning, evidence-informed training program for those who support people living with dementia. Participants gain awareness and understanding that changes not only the way they view dementia, but the way they support people living with it.

The LDJ program:

  • Increases understanding of dementia and provides a new perspective on the experience of living with it
  • Applies a person-centred approach to provide individualized support
  • Enhances skills in relationship-building to support individuals with compassion and respect
  • Shares strategies to recognize, interpret, and respond to personal expressions (behaviours)
  • Addresses ways to tackle boredom, loneliness, and helplessness by creating opportunities for meaning, purpose and growth

LDJ was created in collaboration with people living with dementia and their care partners. It provides a fresh perspective on dementia care and support based on real life experiences.

The program emphasizes the importance of shifting care and services to focus on a person’s strengths and abilities, and how each person can be supported in living life to the fullest.

The program includes presentations, individual reflections, small and large group discussions, and experiential learning to meet the needs of adult learners.

By participating in this program, you’re joining the movement to change the culture of aging that is sweeping across Canada and around the globe.

Program Modules & Learning Outcomes

The LDJ program has six core modules. Click on the tabs below to explore the learning outcomes for each module.

MODULE 1

LEARNING about the experience of living with dementia:

  • Gain a new understanding and perspective of dementia
  • Understand how common myths and misunderstandings about dementia impact the approach to care
  • Learn about the unique, real-life experiences of people living with dementia

MODULE 2

IMPROVING personal well-being:

  • Understand that quality of life goes beyond quality of care and activities of daily living
  • Learn about the seven domains of well-being and what they mean for each person
  • Learn the importance of and strategies for taking care of yourself and others

MODULE 3

VALIDATING and honouring each person in the moment:

  • Recognize the value of the individual beyond diagnosis and knowing each person
  • Understand how people living with dementia perceive and communicate their reality differently
  • Learn how your actions and interactions with a person with dementia can have a negative or positive impact

MODULE 4

INTERPRETING personal expressions, actions, and reactions:

  • Understand that personal expressions (behaviours) having meaning
  • Understand what factors trigger personal expressions
  • Learn how to problem solve and identify strategies to recognize, interpret and respond to personal expressions

MODULE 5

NURTURING all relationships:

  • Understand the importance of the way you speak and act
  • Learn the key ingredients to developing relationships with people whose cognition is changing
  • Explore different styles of caring to promote relationships

MODULE 6

GREETING each day as an opportunity for meaning, purpose, and growth:

  • Understand how to combat the three plagues of long-term care: boredom, loneliness and helplessness
  • Learn how to create meaningful experiences and opportunities for growth for people living with dementia