Dementia-friendly Outdoor Spaces Research

A Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University is conducting a study to understand how people living at home with dementia experience outdoor spaces while walking outside in the neighbourhood. The student is particularly interested in exploring how understanding the lived experiences of people with dementia can help city planners make outdoor spaces more dementia-friendly and inclusive. This project is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Please take a look at the study poster below to learn more about the study. His contact information is provided in the poster, so please contact him with your questions about the study and its requirements, and how you can participate in the study.

Dementia Eperience Outdoor poster


Vaccination Transportation Support

TransLink is continuing to work with Vancouver Coastal Health to provide transportation support when and where requested. Wherever you are in Metro Vancouver, Translink's services remain a great option to move you safely and quickly to the vaccination site in your area.  For more information please view here.

If you have any further questions or if your group is experiencing difficulties or just needs a hand in applying for the program, please let Faryar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 604-375-5778) or Dave Lewin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know.

Contact Chris Chan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for any of your Access to transit travel training needs.

Translink Vaccination Shuttle


COVID-19 Vaccinations in BC

People living in British Columbia in certain age groups are able to register for their vaccine appointments now. When you can register is based on your age.  For more information click here.

Registration is open to anyone born in 2003 or earlier (18+)
You can register using the provincial system (Get Vaccinated) now.

People born 1991 and earlier (30+) can get the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine at eligible pharmacies with vaccine supply in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior and Northern B.C. Find an eligible pharmacy near you.


CABHI Summit 2021 - Message From the Prime Minister

CABHI Summit 2021 Letter from PM


The CABHI Summit 2021

Day 2 of the CABHI summit has begun!

BSOSS and the New Dementians are so grateful to have been a part of the summit this year, with our New Dementians choir leader, Jennyfer Hatch, speaking on our behalf.

As many of you may know, BSOSS paired with Music Therapist, Jennyfer Hatch, to create a dementia-friendly, multicultural, intergenerational community choir called “The New Dementians”. We formed this choir in strategic alignment with Burnaby, BC’s Dementia Friendly Action Plan to support aging in place. The goal of our community choir is to assist in reducing the stress and stigma for families living with dementia or memory loss. “The New Dementians” bridges diverse cultural communities and ages, reduces social isolation, supports cognitive stimulation, and promotes physical health through the universal language of music.

Due to COVID-19 and the associated health and safety guidelines of the Provincial Health Office, we moved this successful and well attended program to an online format in 2020.

Staying active and connected with community helps sustain health and well being, and this is of heightened importance due to the increased isolation and anxiety brought about by the pandemic. The passion and enduring commitment of The New Dementians choir allows us to transition and flourish with a growing community of members.

We have nearly weekly rehearsals online and look forward to the day when it will be safe to reconvene together in person!

Stay tuned for more CAHBI updates in the next couple of days and thank you again to this community for the constant support, we couldn’t have done this without you!

CABHI Summt 2021


Raising the Curtain Spring Cohort Recruitment

Currently, Raising the Curtain (RTC) is recruiting collaborators with dementia and facilitators who are interested in learning about and participating in creative engagement workshops.  Please see this document for more information. You can also find out more about RTC and Imagination Network on the website:


Dementia Centre Without Walls


COVID-19 Vaccination

vaccination preparationGet vaccine information and learn about B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan.

Read BC.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan

Vaccine Appointments for Seniors

Fraser Health's Page for the COVID-19 Immunization Plan
The Fraser Health web page above contains useful information in various languages about how to make an appointment and get your vaccination.  Booking may be done by phone or online.  .  Immunization clinic locations for Fraser Health are also found here.



Social Robots Survey

Researchers from UBC Neurology are interested to hear your perspective on a new form of technology: social robots.

Social robots are small pets or characters that respond when you interact with them. A few examples are JustoCat and Paro: lap-sized pet robots that moves their bodies and make happy noises when petted, like real animals. They were designed for people living with dementia and are often used in long-term care or hospital settings where working with live animals might pose a challenge. Social robots are popular in Asia and Scandinavia but are not commonly used yet in Canada.

To understand the perspectives of Canadian older adults on social robots, we are inviting you to participate in a survey. You do not need to have any experience with robots to take part in the study! In fact, your first impressions are very valuable to us.

Who can participate? Anyone aged 50 years old or older and residing in Canada can participate in the survey.

What is the commitment to participate in this study? This is a one-time, online study that is anonymous and takes about 20 minutes.You can provide your contact information at the end if you would like to hear about other studies in the future, but this is optional.

Who is conducting the study? Researchers at the Neuroscience, Engagement, and Smart Tech (NEST) Lab in the UBC Neurology department are conducting this study. The contact person for this study is Dr. Jill Dosso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the director of the lab is Dr. Julie Robillard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Is participation compensated? Participants in the study will be entered in a draw to win 1 of 3 ipad minis.

To participate, please visit

Social Robots Survey