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Recently, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. received an intriguing letter, requesting that a Burberry scarf join the Ascent for Alzheimer’s team in its ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro this September. The scarf has previously summated Mt. Kilimanjaro, worn by the husband of the women who wrote to the Society.  Read More....

The annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), considered the world’s premier forum for groundbreaking research on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, was held in Copenhagen, Denmark last month. More than 100 Canadian researchers presented at the conference. Read more ...

Do you or someone you know have a Safely Home® identification bracelet? The Alzheimer Society of Canada has partnered with the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation to improve the program, incorporating the best features of both the Safely Home and MedicAlert services. The existing program will be changing on December 31, 2014 and, as a result, Safely Home bracelets will no longer be active. Read more…

Researchers have long known that health problems related to smoking (such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke and diabetes) are underlying risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Yet, new research is indicating that the relationship between smoking and dementia could be even stronger than originally thought. Read more...

On Jun. 13, 2014 Health Minister Terry Lake announced that the Better at Home program will receive an additional two million dollars to help support B.C. seniors, including some seniors who have dementia, to stay in their own homes for longer. Read more...

The World Dementia Council held its first meeting on Apr. 30. The council includes 13 members, independent of government, who aim to “stimulate innovation, development and the commercialization of life enhancing drugs, treatments and care for people with dementia, or at risk of dementia.” The Council aims to achieve their vision by 2025 through non-government advocacy and international leadership. Read more...

For the past thirteen years, communities across British Columbia have participated in the Investors Group Walk for Memories. Held on the last Sunday in January, the event raises vital funds and awareness for families impacted by dementia. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is calling for volunteers to help plan and coordinate this cherished community event in 2015. Read more...

A private members bill, focusing on a national dementia strategy, will receive second reading this fall. Bill C-356 was brought forward by Nickel Belt, Ontario MP, Claude Gravelle. Having lost his mother to dementia in 2003, Gravelle feels that more needs to be done to support people with dementia and their friend and family caregivers. Read more...

Online registration is now open for the Investors Group Walk for Memories. This is your chance to show your support for the 70,000 B.C. families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

This annual event takes place in communities across B.C. on the last Sunday in January, as part of National Alzheimer Awareness Month – Jan. 25, 2015.

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Late last month TransLink announced that they will commit one million dollars to provide 30,000 additional taxi rides in 2014. This will assist people with disabilities, including people with dementia, who may have challenges taking conventional transit because of safety or accessibility concerns.
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Events



Events for August 2014

August 27, 2014

Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well!

August 27, 2014

Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well!