Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia (ASNS) is the leading not-for-profit health charity working to improve the quality of life for Nova Scotians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Our mission: The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is committed to alleviating the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and promoting the search for causes, treatments, and a cure.
Our vision: A world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Every day, research is getting us closer to finding the causes and cures for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as new and effective approaches to improving care and quality of life for those living with dementia.
Today, over 17,000 Nova Scotians are living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In Canada, the number is 747,000. Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with dementia – more than the total population of Canada – making it a global health crisis that must be addressed. These numbers are excepted to double by 2030.
Since 1983, ASNS have been dedicated to providing support through our program and services delivery, which includes education, public awareness, advocacy and the support of research.
Starting in 2020, like many other organizations, we had to make changes to accommodate the new online world of program and service delivery. With donor support, we have become proficient in supporting and delivering e-learning programs. ASNS has nearly 40 years of experience delivering education on dementia and is seen as a trusted resource and will be here when needed.
Every person with dementia has a story to tell. The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia understands what it’s like to live with dementia. Stigma significantly impacts the wellbeing of those living with dementia, making it harder for them to speak to others about it. When they reach out to us, we can help Nova Scotians living with dementia by demonstrating understanding, while providing the resources needed to help them on their dementia journey.
ASNS is here not only for the person living with dementia but their family, loved ones, caregivers and healthcare professionals.