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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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Sunny Lenarduzzi is heading up 'Team Lenarduzzi' as part of the Alzheimer Society team in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k on Jun. 22. She will be joined by her family, including father and Vancouver Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi, to raise valuable funds and awareness for those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by taking part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. They will also honour the memories of family members Denny Veitch and Clelia Lenarduzzi who have passed away from the disease.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C and SafeCare BC announced the launch of a new initiative to deliver dementia care training to long term care workers in BC on May 22, 2014. The partnership between the two organizations will see nearly 500 workshop training spots open up for care workers over the next year.
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UPDATE: Our May Tele-workshop has been postponed. We will announce the new Dementia Research tele-workshop date on our website as soon as it is available. 

Please read on to learn about our June tele-workshop, Heads Up: An Introduction to Brain Health.

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Events



Events for July 2014

July 30, 2014

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