The Horizon Program for Geriatric Psychiatry is hoping to develop a sensory room to expand treatment options for patients who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The program, which is located in the Bayfield building at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, currently provides care to 28 seniors who either have a serious mental illness or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

While treatment options are limited for patients with reduce cognitive functions, research has shown that sensory boards and other tools can be used to help calm patients and jog memories.

“For many patients with late-stage dementia, the only way to communicate and allow personal connection is through the []