The Alzheimer Society of Calgary (Alzheimer Calgary) supports local families impacted by dementia. As a leader in our community, we strive to ensure people with dementia, their families and caregivers have access to high-quality education, care and support.
For many families, a dementia diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. In Calgary, over 17,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia. Many of these people are surrounded by loved ones – this means that countless friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, caregivers, and healthcare workers are also directly touched by the diagnosis.
In the next decade, the number of dementia diagnoses is expected to double – which means the need to arm our community with emerging, evidence-based information and local resources has never been greater. Alzheimer Calgary provides support, meaningful education and care for families facing dementia:
Support: Connect with a friendly voice or explore local support groups. Take advantage of confidential one-on-one support sessions with registered social workers.
Meaningful Education: This is where people of all ages come to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias including the warning signs, prevention, and risk reduction. We also teach people how to become exceptional caregivers.
Care: Our Club 36 Adult Day Program provides people with dementia the opportunity to make new friends and participate in meaningful activities while their caregivers enjoy respite. Today, the program blends in-person and virtual care with consideration of public health guidelines.
“By giving me a chance to ‘recharge my batteries’, I have more energy to care for my husband at home.” – A local caregiver
For thousands of local families impacted by dementia, Alzheimer Calgary is where community, insight and empowerment begin. Thanks to donors like you, local people have a place to turn to for help when they need it most.
Donors like you provide hope and comfort for thousands of Calgarians – people like Colette. This is Colette’s story…
Preparing to travel the world, everything was suddenly in jeopardy as a feared nightmare became a reality. Colette had become aware of Rod’s memory troubles a few years ago, but the severity didn’t sink in until she was forced to take action after an upsetting event disrupted one of their vacations.
On a trip to the Dominican Republic, Rod found himself disoriented and unable to follow the tour guide on an expedition. This led to him getting separated from his group and becoming lost on a remote Caribbean island.
No longer able to ignore the signs and symptoms, Colette took Rod to see a specialist as soon as they got home. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Devastated and unsure of where to begin, Colette became depressed and felt alone. She turned to Alzheimer Calgary for help. Colette connected with the support team, where she received emotional support and practical advice. She discovered new resources to help her and her husband manage.
Thanks to donors like you, families like Colette’s can find an ally for their journey.