Sherry Dupuis – Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo

Sherry Dupuis – Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo


Dementia is the second most feared illness in Canada after cancer. By 2031 more than 1.4 million people will be living with it. Despite the increasing prevalence much stigma continues to exist around dementia and many misunderstandings that cause harm and suffering for people living with it. My name is Sherry Dupuis and I’m working hard to change the way we think about dementia and dementia care in Canada. I’m working to change dementia care in a number of ways but one of the most powerful ways I’m using is theater as a way to expose the assumptions and misunderstandings that we have about people with dementia and absurdities that we have in practice so we can actually help people to reflect on those assumptions and practices and change them. For me the purpose of teaching is to really challenge the way that young people think about many things in life. For me it’s to try to tear apart the status quo and taken for granted ideas that young people have and to really turn it on its head. Our young people really are the future and as the prevalence of dementia continues to increase we’re going to need more and more young researchers who are going to be able to deal with the very complex issues that comes with an illness causing dementia both in terms of supporting people living with it and their families but also with educating health care providers about how we can carry more life-affirming ways.

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