About the BrainyActive Challenge

The BrainyActive Challenge is The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County’s annual fundraiser to bring our community together to take action to prevent and delay dementia. Anyone can take the BrainyActive Challenge, September 25 at the Canada Food and Agriculture Museum, Meadowview Barn!

Did you know that you can prevent and delay dementia?

Many commonly known health risks can lead to the development of dementia such as poor diet, lack of exercise, an excess of alcohol, and head injury. There are also lesser-known factors such as lack of social interaction, hearing loss, and depression which can also contribute to dementia later in life.

Event Schedule

10AM - 1PM The BrainyActive Challenge
Meadowview Barn, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Parking entrance: 901 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa (map)
Free parking and entrance to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.
10AM Event Begins
Participant Check In
Information Fair
10:30AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
10:45AM BrainyActive Challenge: Get Mindful!
Guided Mindfulness Session With Dr. Anne Hennessey
11AM Change The Story: A word from some Dementia Society clients
11:30AM A word from our Founding Sponsor, Baker Tilly
11:40AM BrainyActive Challenge: Get Moving!
Join us for a walk around The Meadow
1:00PM Event Ends
Participants may enjoy the Museum at no additional charge until 5 pm.

The Merry Dairy Ice Cream Truck will also be onsite!

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*Free Merry Dairy ice cream for BrainyActive Challenge fundraisers*

Help us to reach our goal of $160,000. Every dollar counts to ensure people living with dementia in our region and the people who care for them receive the support, education and programming needed to live well with dementia.

BrainyActive Categories

Here are some BrainyActivities that may help you to reduce your risk for dementia.

1. Get Mindful with Dr. Anne Hennessy

Prolonged stress can cause changes in the immune system and may play a role in the development or progression of dementia. Reducing or managing your stress can help you to reduce your risk of dementia.

  • Meditate for 10 minutes every day
  • Get 8 hours of sleep every night

2. Get Nourished with Krystal Merrells

Certain foods have been shown to slow cognitive decline as we age. Finding sustainable ways to include more of these foods in your diet has been shown will help to reduce the risk of dementia. Small changes to how you eat can have a big impact!

  • Get enough fibre by adding whole grains, legumes, or an additional fruit and vegetable each day
  • Get more unsaturated fats such as olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds

3. Get Moving with Bea Alt

Doing regular moderate to vigorous physical activity is linked to overall health benefits and can help prevent the onset of dementia.

  • Get 21 minutes of cardio every day: walk, run, bike, swim or boogie that third of an hour away!
  • Pass on the elevator and take the stairs!

Didn't get on the list to receive the pre-event emails? Send us an email at BrainyActive@dsorc.org and we can send you all the brain health tips as a PDF!

Benefits of the BrainyActive Challenge

By participating in the BrainyActive Challenge, you will experience both immediate and long term results. You’ll increase your brain’s “cognitive reserve”: its ability to compensate for damage caused by dementia.

This challenge engages people to connect with their loved ones and community safely both virtually and in-person while respecting COVID measures.

BrainyActive Challenge Sponsors

Founding Sponsor


About Baker Tilly Canada

With member firms from coast to coast, the Baker Tilly Canada Cooperative is one of the country’s largest associations of chartered professional accounting firms. As an all-Canadian network, we have a longstanding reputation for value-added audit, tax and advisory solutions, due to the depth and breadth of our in-house skills, customized offerings and service excellence. Through our strong network infrastructure, shared expertise, resources and offices across the country, our independent member firms provide clients ranging in size from large, publicly traded companies to owner-managed and emerging businesses with a full complement of professional services across every major industry sector.


Supporting Sponsors

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About Star Motors

Star Motors of Ottawa Mercedes-Benz: ‘Ottawa’s original Mercedes-Benz dealer’ with three generations of commitment to Mercedes-Benz customers since 1957. Our new, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, combined with a staff that is focused on the highest level of customer service, ensure an efficient and pleasant Mercedes-Benz experience. At Star Motors of Ottawa, our community matters. We are privileged to be actively involved with many great organizations, partners and friends. From businesses who help the community build and grow, to not-for-profits who help champion causes that improve our quality of life.


Kelly Funeral Homes

About Kelly Funeral Homes

Proudly serving Ottawa and the surrounding area since 1954, Kelly Funeral Home will help you customize your arrangements, while respecting your faith, taste and budget. You can feel confident putting your trust in our compassionate professionals. We are proud to be a part of this community. Our helpful, dedicated staff are passionate about supporting families, local associations, religious organizations and cultural groups, and we are honoured to host a series of free memorial events throughout the year. As well, we are happy to provide the use of our spacious Community Room at no charge for local non-profit meetings.


Richardson Wealth

About Richardson Wealth

When we meet with our clients, we always start by listening. We want to hear your story or the changes since we last met. Only then can we begin to think of a plan or who, within our team of experts, should be involved, in order for us to best serve your particular needs. This understanding of you informs our thinking, strategies, recommendations and plans which are created with your perspective, your preferences, and your best interests in mind. This philosophy does not just drive our investment recommendations or our approach to wealth management. It is also the thinking behind our business model, the way we handle risk and our unique stance on fiduciary responsibility. There is a reason why we are the way we are. That reason is you.


About The Dementia Society

Many people experience symptoms of dementia long before diagnosis. Many people are relieved to finally understand what is “going on” yet for others, the diagnosis creates fear and worry. What does it all mean, what does it mean for my spouse, partner, family, friends and future? All of these thoughts are natural and expected, and they need not overwhelm. The Dementia Society is here to walk with you, and to understand your goals and help you live them. We are your own community of support.

Did you know? You don’t need to be referred to the Dementia Society

Call Us Anytime. You don’t need to be referred by a medical professional or social worker to connect with the Dementia Society? Navigating care options for dementia is tough enough. We don’t add to that; rather we’re here to help with that and more. From dementia education to practical strategies for people living with dementia and their care partners, to fun, safe (now online!) activities like music and art. You can take advantage of these services at no cost.

For more information on The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County, please visit www.dementiahelp.ca.