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Generic versions of Cholinesterase Inhibitor medications which include donepezil, galantamine, and rivastigmine (oral). Brand names Aricept®, Reminyl® and Exelon® (oral) are now available in Canada. At this time a generic version of the Exelon (rivastigmine) Patch is not available. 

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In recent years Gordie Howe joined the Alzheimer Society of B.C. as Honorary Chair of the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s tournament in memory of his wife, Colleen, who died of Pick’s disease in 2009. Now living with a form of dementia himself, we’re asking you to visit our tribute page to send Gordie Howe a message of support and donate funds for dementia research.

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On Mar. 19, 2014 Minister of Health, Terry Lake announced that Isobel Mackenzie has been appointed as B.C.’s first Seniors Advocate. After a period of consultation with local communities the position was created to represent the voices of the 700,000 British Columbians over the age of 65. Ms. Mackenzie brings 18 years of experience in working with seniors to her new role.

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In celebration of National Volunteer Week (Apr. 6-12), the Alzheimer Society of B.C. proudly honours its 500 plus volunteers whose time and commitment contribute towards the vision of a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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This is the 17th year a team will hike Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team comprises Ben Creasser, Paulette Lacroix, Lydia Meister, Abbie and Roxanne Milavsky, Kevin Root and Lynn Tetarenko-Root. The team will join a select group of over 180 alumni who have embarked on a journey that reflects the uphill struggle of those affected by dementia.

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Have you been neglecting your New Year’s resolutions like getting to the gym? National Brain Awareness Month is a perfect time to renew your resolutions because a healthy body is a healthy brain, says the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

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Jan Robson will host an advocacy tele-workshop that features guest speakers Barbara Lindsay and Rebecca Morris on Apr. 1, 2014 at 7 p.m. (PST). This tele-workshop will teach strategies to help you tell your story as a person with dementia, caregiver or community member, to engage your Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and to become an advocate in your community. There is a role for everyone and no experience is necessary.

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On Mar. 9, 2014 news broke about a new blood test developed by scientists at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. They claim the test can predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease with 90 per cent accuracy three years in advance of symptoms appearing.

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Energized Alzheimer Society of B.C. staff welcomed almost 250 business and community leaders to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Mar. 6, 2014 for the Society’s third annual A Breakfast to Remember. Thank you to all those who attended and helped raise close to $200,000.

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 Today, business community leaders will come together at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for A Breakfast to Remember to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. confront the dementia crisis. Supporters will hear a keynote speech by the Principal Owner of The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, Jake Kerr. 

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Events



Events for April 2014

April 29, 2014

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