Alzheimer Calgary leads with our influence and expertise to help people impacted by dementia to live well and we build community capacity to support them.
Thanks to the support of generous donors, Alzheimer Calgary has been supporting local families impacted by dementia for over 40 years. Alzheimer Calgary provides education, care, and support for families when they need it most.
As a leader in our community, we know the challenges that families face are real and pressing. As diagnoses increase and demand for support grows, Alzheimer Calgary is here to help. By working together, we can make meaningful change now and into the future for everyone impacted by dementia. Our strength-based, person-centered approach that respects diversity in all its forms is helping build dementia-inclusive communities and reduce stigma. Together, we can work toward an inclusive and caring community where people impacted by dementia are valued and empowered.
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.
By 2030, 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. Together, we are helping caregivers build resilience, grow their networks of support, and navigate the complexity of a dementia diagnosis of a loved one.
“By giving me a chance to ‘recharge my batteries’, I have more energy to care for my husband at home.” – A local caregiver
Donors like you provide hope and comfort for thousands of Calgarians – people like Colette and Rod. This is their 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.