YouQuest - focusing on young onset dementia

Type of Program
Education, Recreation, & Arts
Safety, Security & Personal Planning
Social Connectedness
Wellness & Mental Health

YouQuest improves quality of life for people with young-onset dementia and their care partners through practical daytime support in a public recreation setting. YouQuest is a rehabilitative intervention for a terminal diagnosis that typically leads to inertia and isolation.

  • Participants define their needs and decide how to spend their day.
  • Participants have an inviting place to engage in meaningful activities co-planned with recreation therapists and volunteers.
  • Care partners have peace of mind and a full day to maintain work, family life and their own health.


  • Fosters public understanding of the unique needs of people with young-onset dementia in an established community environment.
  • Builds social connections, supports autonomy and independence in a meaningful role without the stigma of dementia.
  • Keeps families together, delaying person’s relocation to long-term care facilities incompatible with their age and cognitive abilities.

Cost-efficient and Scalable

YouQuest is designed to expand into other urban, rural and remote communities by utilizing existing recreation facilities.

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