We use technology to support caregivers and promote independence.
The Dementia Association for Awareness and Support (DAAS) operates through a series of volunteers who are passionate about its mission, vision and values. Explore the links below to learn about the organization, and read our history in the FAQs below.
Learn about our goal to support caregivers of individuals and families living with dementia.
Learn about our team, governance structure, and other not-for-profit operations.
Learn about the geographic areas we support, office locations, and more.
Our experience trying to help loved ones cope with managing the degenerative condition of dementia led us to recognize that caregivers are burdened. They are burdened by the fear of the unknown, and the stress of navigating the system on their own. In our experience, there wasn’t a centralized process or organization that could effectively assist with answering all of the questions or finding resources to assist the families. While every situation is slightly different, meaning that solutions need to be personalized for particular circumstances, there are in fact many commonalities, and areas where caregivers could be guided along their journey.
We wanted to create a not for profit organization devoted to focusing on bringing awareness and support to the caregivers. We hope that caregivers can use the technology tools to gain and maintain independence and feel supported in their journey.
DAAS recognizes that there are multiple ways to bring awareness and support to caregivers, and that not all caregivers will find the same usefulness in the same tools. At this moment, we have two platforms for providing awareness and support:
(1) The Life with Dementia Podcast, which is produced monthly, and showcases how to live well with dementia. Our podcast host, Johnna Lowther, showcases researchers, caregivers, health care workers, family members and people living well with dementia, to share practical tips and tools for enhancing the quality of life for those people living with dementia.
(2) Tusk Platform: a proprietary software platform focusing on the wellness of the caregiver. Depending on the responses, the platform will curate a list of resources to support the caregiver with where he or she is at on the caregiving journey. The system can also allow caregivers on the care team providing support to the caregivers that are providing care to the person living with dementia as well as the primary caregiver.
We recognize that dementia is becoming more prevalent. We recognize that people are living longer. We recognize that people want to age in place with dignity and participate in their communities for as long as possible.
With baby boomers aging, the length of a caregiving journey is becoming increasingly long, and complicated, as there can be other variables for a person living with dementia in addition to the underlying dementia diagnosis. There can also be health events that decrease the caregiving capacity for the caregiver over the life of the condition. We want to support the caregivers to improve the quality of their lives along the caregiving journey.
Our podcast reaches all corners of the world. We have profiled people from various places in the world.
The Tusk platform is populated with resources from all over the world. However, the service providers that offer services are targeting Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. We are hopeful that it will expand beyond Alberta.