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Originating in Toronto, the Spare a Thought for Dementia project brings awareness and advocacy for engaging youth in the local community.

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Spare A Thought for Dementia

Spare a Thought for Dementia raises youth awareness of dementia and how it impacts communities. We aim to inspire youth to become more involved in their communities and become advocates for persons living with dementia. The project consists of an online campaign that shares stories of lived experiences of youth who are care partners for persons with dementia, and an interactive in-school awareness program that educates, challenges, and inspires youths in Grades 9 through 12 to become more involved in the community.

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Spare a Thought for Dementia envisions a world where youth are empowered to become care partners and advocates for persons living with dementia.

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Youth Dementia Awareness Symposim

In 2016, Dr. Kristine Newman from the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University hosted the Youth Dementia Awareness Symposium (YDAS) to bring together a variety of caregiver perspectives. The symposium included voices from youth caregivers, researchers, and community organizations.

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