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Although many people with dementia live well in the community for quite a long time, staying engaged in the activities a person once enjoyed can become more difficult as their cognitive abilities change. In addition to social and physical barriers, stigma can make it harder for people with dementia to feel supported and remain involved in their communities. Read more...

A Breakfast to Remember allows participants in both Vancouver and Victoria to hear from inspiring business leaders and network while they support the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the over 70,000 individuals – and their families – impacted by dementia in B.C.

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On January 25, 2015, people in 24 communities across British Columbia will participate in the Investors Group Walk for Memories. They will be walking to raise funds for research and support for over 70,000 people who face dementia in B.C.

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This time of year is all about family — getting together, sharing, caring, happy times and fond memories. But this time of year isn’t always joyful for everyone. Gaile Guevara is a 30-something entrepreneur whose mother was diagnosed with dementia over the holidays two years ago. Read more...

The holiday season can be an overwhelming time for many people. This is particularly true if you are a person with dementia or caring for someone with dementia. However, with some adjustments to these traditional festivities, people with dementia and their families can enjoy what the holidays have to offer. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. wishes to thank the Ministry of Health for $4 million in new funding for the expansion of the First Link® program to more communities across the province by 2018. Health Minister Terry Lake announced the funding at the Alzheimer Resource Centre in Vancouver. Read more.

On November 15th, 2014 British Columbians will participate in elections across the province. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is committed to providing the education and information to help municipalities meet their goals, but the Society needs you to share your voice, too. Writing to or meeting with your local mayor and mayoral candidate is a great place to start. Read more...

Over the last few months, many Alzheimer Society of B.C. advocates wrote to Premier Clark to tell her that B.C. families were eagerly watching as she prepared to attend the Council of the Federation meetings on dementia in August. They encouraged her to bring the voices of B.C. to the forefront and to advocate for a national dementia plan. On October 1, 2014 it was announced that Health Minister Rona Ambrose and her provincial and territorial counterparts agreed to work together to develop a national dementia strategy. Read more ...

More seniors in British Columbia live alone than ever before. Many have family members who will help them if they experience health problems or need care. Others have developed a “chosen family” of close and trusted friends. Some live alone in the community without support from anyone. The Alzheimer Society of B.C., with help from the Notary Foundation of B.C., has developed a booklet to help fill the gap. Read more...

 Each year at this time, we like to remind you that you can designate the Alzheimer Society of B.C. as your charity of choice in the annual United Way Workplace Campaign. Read More...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is proud to sponsor the 9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias from October 23-25 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in Vancouver. More than 600 international delegates are expected to attend. Read more...

Alzheimer Society of B.C. Advocacy Analyst Rebecca Morris was among the young Canadian innovators invited by British High Commission in Ottawa to share ideas to support the ongoing work of the World Dementia Council and to create a sustainable global network which will continue to address the challenges presented by dementia. Read more...

September 18, 2014 marks the start of Coffee Break®. For a month afterwards, people throughout the province — and across Canada — will be hosting Coffee Break sessions to show support for people living with dementia. In British Columbia alone, 70,000 people are impacted by the disease, and that number is always growing. But how can people get involved?

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A new report, Dementia and Risk Reduction, just released by Alzheimer’s Disease International, provides an analysis of the evidence on reducing the risk of dementia. It also calls on world governments to make risk reduction an integral part of public health programs. Read more...

The Canada-France Global Dementia Legacy Event was held in Ottawa, September 11 and 12. The event brought together 200 experts from G7 countries and focused on building global academic-industry partnerships and promoting innovation in dementia prevention, treatment and care. Read more...

During September, World Alzheimer’s Month, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. would like to invite all British Columbians to participate in one of the Society’s free one-hour tele-workshops on protecting and maintaining the health of their brain. Read more...

During September, World Alzheimer’s Month, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and renowned UBC professor and researcher Dr. Howard Feldman are working to help give British Columbians the tools they need to improve and maintain brain health. Read more...

Ready for a challenge that will leave you with a great sense of accomplishment and help improve the lives of the more than 70,000 British Columbians with Alzheimer’s disease at the same time? Join the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for the Mt. Kilimanjaro - Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s (MKGG) event.

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An estimated 44 million people worldwide – including more than 70,000 British Columbians – live with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites all British Columbians to reduce their risk of developing dementia by taking steps to improve and maintain brain health. Read more...

The Government of Canada recently announced that it will welcome approximately 200 invited international dementia experts to Ottawa on September 11-12, 2014. Co-hosted with the Government of France, this gathering is one of four global dementia legacy events scheduled since the G8 Dementia Summit last December. Read more...

On Thursday August 14, 2014, Alzheimer Society of B.C. supporters gathered for a tour of the new Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC, hosted by Dr. Cheryl Wellington and her team of inspiring researchers. Read more.

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 summited 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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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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A palliative care approach is most often thought of only in relation to hospice care. But palliative care can actually take place in hospital, at home or in a long-term care facility. Palliative care, as defined by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association aims to “relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved”. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. supports education this National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

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The Lenarduzzi family has just announced it will join the Alzheimer Society team in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k on Jun. 22 to raise valuable funds and awareness for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Team Lenarduzzi includes media personality Sunny Lenarduzzi, Vancouver Whitecaps FC President Bob Lenarduzzi, Deanne Lenarduzzi, Ryan Lenarduzzi, Wes Knight and Kim Keras.

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Today, May 5, is the last day to file your 2014 income tax return. With all of your paperwork in order and off to the Canada Revenue Agency, it’s time to consider your financial options for future years.

On behalf of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Frank Malinka (BCom,CFP, CLU,ChFC) of Malinka Financial explains the benefits and ease of leaving a charitable legacy by using life insurance.

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With Mother's Day approaching on Sunday, May 11, it's time to think about our moms and the other influential women in our lives. We have all been inspired and encouraged by a special woman, and it's time to take the opportunity to thank or remember her for this. Why not do so on social media?

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Why not do something different this Mother's Day to pay tribute to, or honour the memory of a special woman in your life? Today, 72 per cent of people living with Alzheimer's disease are women. Between now and Mother's Day (May 11, 2014), the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is raising funds to help support moms and their families on the dementia journey.

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Over the past year The ME in Dementia Conference has travelled around the province, with events in Kelowna, Terrace, Courtenay and Kamloops. The conference is open to anyone: people with dementia, caregivers, health care providers and people who are simply interested in learning more about dementia. We hope you’ll join us at an upcoming conference in Abbotsford on Jun. 5 or Prince George on Sept. 16.

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Generic versions of Cholinesterase Inhibitor medications, which include donepezil, galantamine, and rivastigmine (oral), are now available in Canada. These medications are also known by the brand names Aricept®, Reminyl® and Exelon® (oral). 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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Thank you British Columbia for helping the Alzheimer Society of B.C raise close to $600,000 at the 2014 Investors Group Walk for Memories on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. The Walk was held in 23 communities across the province, thanks to supporters like you. These much needed funds bring us a step closer in the search for the cure for dementia. Funds raised at the Investors Group Walk for Memories also help the 70,000 people in B.C. who live with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia connect to the province-wide network of information and support services provided by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

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Join us for our third annual A Breakfast to Remember in Vancouver with keynote speaker Jake Kerr, Principal Owner of Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club and 35 years as Chairman and CEO of Lignum Limited.

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Our inaugural A Breakfast to Remember in Victoria took place on Feb. 18, 2014 and was a truly memorable event. Business and community leaders joined to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the programs and services provided by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. This inspiring event saw business leaders giving back to their community and increasing the knowledge and understanding of dementia within the corporate world.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has updated its Guide to Income Tax and Benefits for the 2013 tax year. This document provides tax tips that may be useful for people with dementia and their families. It also highlights tax changes that came into effect in the 2013 tax year.

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When Bill Patey’s wife, Maureen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006, Bill decided he needed to know how to make the transition as smooth as possible. He wanted to “primarily make Maureen’s life, and my own, as even as possible for as long as possible.”

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Join us for our inaugural A Breakfast to Remember in Victoria with keynote speaker, David Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Ltd.

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As part of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s ongoing efforts to support caregivers of people living with dementia, we invite caregivers to participate in a survey. The information will help the Society develop a report on the social and legal policies of concern to caregivers in B.C.

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Nova Scotia’s Health Minister Leo Glavine recently announced that his province plans to develop a dementia strategy to prepare for the increasing numbers of people who are at risk of developing a form of dementia.

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Thousands of British Columbians walked in the Investors Group Walk for Memories on Jan. 26, 2014. The Walk, which took place in 23 communities across the province, raised funds for support services for the 70,000 people in B.C. who face Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

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Lace up your walking shoes! The annual Investors Group Walk for Memories takes place this weekend on Sunday, Jan, 26, 2014.

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In the lead up to the Jan. 26 Investors Group Walk for Memories, which is now less than a week away, we have featured a selection of honorees on the www.walkformemories.com website.

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On Sunday, Jan. 26, British Columbians in 23 communities across the province will walk to raise funds for research and support for over 70,000 people who face dementia in B.C. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites all British Columbians to register today at www.walkformemories.com.

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As many as 50 per cent of Canadians with dementia are not diagnosed early enough,* losing precious time when care and support can make a tremendous difference in their quality of life and avert unnecessary crises for their families. That's why during Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is launching a new campaign, Early diagnosis keeps your life from unravelling, to promote the benefits of early diagnosis.

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 The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is proud to present an Update On Cognitive Impairment and Dementia with community partner S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Saturday, Jan. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Choi Hall at 28 West Pender Street in Vancouver. Dr. Roger Wong, a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine at UBC is the guest speaker at this event, for Alzheimer Awareness Month.

Dr. Lynn Beattie, Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia, is the 2014 Investors Group Walk for Memories honoree. She is being honoured for her contribution to dementia research. She is a former Director of the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (UBCH CARD) and until her retirement from practice, saw many patients at the clinic.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. welcomes our new CEO, Maria Howard as we prepare for January’s Alzheimer Awareness Month. Maria is based out of the Society’s Provincial Office in Vancouver.

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Thank you to the Mayor, Gregor Robertson and the City of Vancouver for proclaiming January 2014 Alzheimer Awareness Month on Dec. 17, 2013.

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The BC Ministry of Health released a call for feedback about the medications donepezil (Aricept®), galantamine (Reminyl®) and rivastigamine (Exelon®) in late September. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. would like to thank everyone who shared their experiences about these medications through the Your Voice survey.

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So you’ve registered to join in on the fun of the Investors Group Walk for Memories — great!

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Make a donation by Dec. 31 and obtain a charitable receipt for 2013. Canada’s tax system provides incentives to encourage Canadians to donate to charities. And here are seven simple tax-smart ways for you to make a gift:

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“I was searching for help, without knowing about the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.” says Chit Chow, whose husband Kee was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007. At that time “he was angry and frustrated and I lost hope!”

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As you may already know the Ministry of Health is calling for feedback about the medications donepezil (Aricept®), galantamine (Reminyl®), and rivastigamine (Exelon®). The opportunity for feedback closes on Dec. 2, 2013. We encourage people with dementia and their caregivers to provide feedback through the Ministry of Health’s survey on medications.

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Taking place simultaneously in 23 communities across British Columbia, the Investors Group Walk for Memories depends on the commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers. Many volunteers form long-lasting relationships with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and come back year after year to make the Walk a success.

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On Nov. 15, Gordie Howe launches the 2013 Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s tournament alongside Alzheimer’s Advocate Jim Mann at the Gordie Howe & Friends Luncheon. CTV sportscaster Jason Pires will emcee the Vancouver Convention Centre event and guests will also hear from Team1040’s Dave Tomlinson, who will host a Hot Stove with Marty McSorley, Mark Napier and Garth Butcher.

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Alzheimer Advocate and British Columbian Jim Mann and the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) received the Change-Maker Award from Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC) at its BrainWave Gala in Toronto today. The award honours Mann and the OBI for demonstrating leadership in inclusion, innovation and integration for the benefit of people living with brain conditions.

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Online registration is now open for the Investors Group Walk for Memories. This is your opportunity to help support the 70,000 B.C. families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, to let them know that you stand with them against this challenging disease.

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The Ministry of Health is calling for feedback about the medications donepezil (Aricept®), galantamine (Reminyl®) rivastigamine and (Exelon®). The opportunity for feedback closes on Dec. 2, 2013. We encourage people with dementia and their caregivers to provide feedback through the Ministry of Health’s survey on medications: www.health.gov.bc.ca/pharmacare/yourvoice. We urge you to make your voice count.

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The United Way Campaign is around the corner. Did you know that you can choose the Alzheimer Society of B.C. as your charity of choice?

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“I never give up hope,” said Dr. Black, Brill Professor of Neurology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, speaking at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Research Breakfast. “And I feel privileged with every single patient journey that I get to be part of. That’s what keeps me going. I see tremendous courage, tremendous dedication. The truth is, research is absolutely crucial.”

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Jan Robson will host an advocacy tele-workshop that features guest speaker Barbara Lindsay on Oct. 24, 2013 at 7 p.m. (PST). This workshop on family caregivers will help you make sense of the formal health-care system and include how you can advocate to help ensure you and your family get the support you need, when you need it.

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On Sept. 29, 2013, 185 hikers forming 26 teams took part in our second annual Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer's event (MKGG), at Grouse Mountain. We are delighted to announce that we surpassed last year's total number of participants and through their fundraising efforts have raised $100,000 to date! With donations still coming in we hope to go beyond what was raised last year. Donations can still be made at www.hikemkgg.com.

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On Sept. 29, hundreds of British Columbians will hike in the second-annual Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s (MKGG) to support over 70,000 people and their families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in B.C. MKGG hikers will also support research into the causes and cures of the disease.

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On Sept. 27, 2013, the Ascent for Alzheimer’s team will start their journey and take its first steps towards Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. The journey is the culmination of 12 months of tireless work by team members, who raised a minimum of $10,000 each for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. while training for the physical demands of hiking the world’s highest free-standing mountain.

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When his father first began showing signs of memory loss, Patrick Tham, a community advocate and self-described "research hound," did what he does best: he pushed for answers. He spoke up.

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"There is no history of dementia in my family yet both my parents have it," says Deirdre Penk O’Donnell. In 2008, her mother, Patricia (Pat) Penk, started acting out of character. Deirdre’s instinct to care for others went into high gear as she unknowingly began a multi-year journey of caring first for her mother and then her father, Jack Penk.

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There’s more than one way to lift spirits. For 82-year-old Nanaimo resident Joan Mayzes, it’s as simple as lifting a coffee pot. When Joan’s husband, Ken, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the mid-1990s, it marked the beginning of her decade-long journey as a caregiver.

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Carolyn Herbert is no stranger to taking care of other people. She was trained as a nurse, a vocation she loved but set aside for a time to be a stay-at-home mom. “The part of nursing that I liked so much was the teaching,” she says. Her passion for helping hasn’t diminished with time, but today it takes a different form — as a longtime volunteer facilitator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s caregiver support groups on Vancouver Island.

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September is World Alzheimer's Month and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will introduce British Columbians to four caregivers. More than 70,000 British Columbians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, but the disease also impacts thousands of caregivers and family members who contribute tens of millions of hours of informal care annually.

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With less than a month until this year’s Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) at the Vancouver Convention Centre West from Sept. 19-22, staff and volunteers of Homes & Living magazine, IDSwest, Alair Homes and Modern 604 are hard at work on final preparations for the H&L Laneway Feature Home. This innovative structure will open for tours onsite and then be auctioned to the highest bidder on Sept. 21, World Alzheimer’s Day.

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“Oh my Lord! This is way beyond what we’d thought!” This is where David and Adam’s story begins: The wake-up call. The final confirmation when uneasy suspicion becomes an extremely difficult reality. It comes out of the blue, yet it’s been there for a while. Someone precious seems fine, but not quite themselves. Hallmark personal characteristics—fiercely independent, vibrant and dynamic—change. 

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Are you signed for the Sept. 29 Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer's (MKGG) yet? There’s still time. We look forward to seeing you at the top of Grouse Grind where the staff of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be there to cheer you on.

The Ascent for Alzheimer’s team is nearing its departure date for Mt. Kilimanjaro. To make sure team members are in shape for their ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, which stands at 19,340 feet, Sue Oakey-Baker, Ascent for Alzheimer’s Guide, put the team through its paces on the difficult Wedgemount Lake trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler, B.C.

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Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind (MKGG) for Alzheimer’s team “Crofton Cares” showed just how much they cared last week when they presented the Alzheimer Society of B.C. with a cheque for over $1,500! 

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Despite her own 25-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Edna decided to contribute $100,000 to Alzheimer's disease and dementia research.

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Thirty runners and walkers took part in the 2013 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5k Charity Challenge on Jun. 23 in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., raising an impressive total of $21,557! A big thank you to the 2013 team for their dedication to raising funds to support those impacted by Alzhiemer’s disease and other dementias in B.C. 

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The annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), considered the world's premier forum for reporting and discussion of groundbreaking research and information on the cause, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, was held in Boston from Jul. 13-18. 

On Jul. 5, Ascent for Alzheimer's alumni Martin and Esther Kafer were presented with Guinness World RecordsTM for Oldest Man and Oldest Woman to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro at the Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s launch at Grouse Mountain.

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When Kamloops chiropractor Greig Taylor read a Facebook update suggesting the  Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind (MKGG) as a solo event, he knew he had to take on the challenge. That very night, he signed up to  do all seven trips up himself:  He would hike the equivalent of Mt. Kilimanjaro! 

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites you to challenge yourself to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer's (MKGG) on Sept. 29, 2013. Hundreds are expected to hike for those impacted by dementia atMKGG. Today at 10 a.m. Martin and Esther Kafer will be awarded Guinness World RecordsTM won atAscent for Alzheimer's 2012. The Kafers will also hand the Ascent walking stick to Alexa Laidlaw (24), anMKGG alumna, to launch MKGG 2013.

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As part of the Anything for Alzheimer’s fundraising program, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be the beneficiary of partial proceeds from the H&L Laneway Home, built by Alair Homes at a live auction on World Alzheimer’s Day, Sept. 21.

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Are you new to charitable giving? This year’s federal budget has introduced the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit. New donors will receive a significant tax credit for donations up to $1,000. There’s never been a better time to donate.

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Learning you or someone in your family has dementia is not easy and legal planning may not be at the top of your post-diagnosis to do list. It is important to remember, however, that the person with dementia will lose the ability to make certain kinds of decisions over time.

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On May 26, the 2013 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team completed its first training hike to help prepare for the journey up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa this September. Organized by team guide Sue Oakey, the 2013 team, along with past Ascent alumna Sandy Riley, hiked the 12 kilometres round trip trail to Petgill Lake. The hike was strenuous with an elevation gain of 650 metres and was both a test of the team’s chosen equipment for Mt. Kilimanjaro and their fitness levels; the reward was the lovely view of Howe Sound.

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Each year the Scotiabank Vancouver Half- Marathon & 5k team selects three average runners to be Joe Runners. The winners are given a full Asics kit (shirt, shorts and running shoes), training and entries into the event. Judy Jeyes, participant of the 2013 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and supporter of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has been chosen as an official 2013 Joe Runner.

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Toward a Smoother Journey, a new video series is being launched by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. today. The series introduces audiences to Cam and Sally, a fictional B.C. couple who navigate the early, middle and late stages of the dementia journey together.  
 
 

In 2012, Nancy Gnaedinger, a B.C.-based Consultant in Gerontology and Fiona Sudbury, Director of Care at the Broadmead Care Society conducted research on person-centred dementia care. They asked what it takes to lead a care unit effectively.

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Join us in celebrating yet another year of success following our 19th Annual Forget Me Not Golf Tournament held on May 23 at Northview Golf & Country Club. This year we raised $580,000 for research and programs to support families impacted by dementia.

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One of eight children in his family, Kent Jacobsen grew up in Sidney, B.C. and has always loved hockey. In the late 1940s to early 1950s, Kent and other children in the neighbourhood would “just get together, go somewhere and start playing pond hockey or make up games” he explained. Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr were his two favourite hockey heroes and he’s thrilled that a sport he loves so much is able to support a cause that has hit close to home.

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The Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s charitable hockey tournament will raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

What do Jack McIlhargey, Dave Bodger and Greg C. Adams have in common? Yes, they all played for the Vancouver Canucks, but they have also signed on for the 2013 Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s fundraiser in Vancouver this November 15 – 17. The event is the ultimate experience for local hockey enthusiasts who will play with and against NHL Alumni while supporting an important cause.

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Jim has travelled the province meeting with people living with dementia, their families, caregivers and with local leaders and health care providers in his quest for a B.C. Dementia Strategy.  Jim brought the signatures of his Jim's Push for a Plan supporters to the Liberal and NDP campaign headquarters with a message to Christy Clark and Adrian Dix that citizens of B.C. agree: B.C. needs a Dementia Strategy.

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NHL Alumni Garth Butcher, Dave Bodger, Gary Nylund and Larry Melnyk will be attending a special event to officially launch the 2013 Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s tournament.

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Jim Mann, a British Columbian and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Board Member who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, will hold a town hall today in Nanaimo at the Beban Park Recreation Centre at 2300 Bowen Road. The town hall, to begin at 10 a.m., is part of a province-wide push for a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan in B.C. Jim envisions a plan that will help avert a crisis and prepare B.C. for the rising tide of dementia.

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Jim Mann, a British Columbian and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Board Member who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007, will hold a town hall on Apr. 16 at the Ramada Prince George at 444 George Street in Prince George. The town hall, to begin at 12 p.m., is part of a province-wide push for a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan in B.C. Mann envisions a plan that will help avert a crisis and prepare B.C. for the rising tide of dementia.

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An injection of $2 million by the Ministry of Health to support the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s First Link® program will mean even more individuals and families can access services and support as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis of dementia. The one-time funding will support the expansion of First Link, an early intervention service where a formal referral from a physician or health professional allows the Society to proactively extend support to individuals and families.

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Ever wonder what it’s like to climb one of the world’s biggest mountains? Seven trips up the Grouse Grind equal one ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro and registration is now open for the 2013 Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s (MKGG) fundraising event.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has updated its “Guide to Income Tax and Benefits” for the 2012 tax year.  This handout provides some basic tips that may be particularly useful for people with a dementia and their families. It also highlights new tax changes that came into effect in the 2012 tax year.

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A new study indicates yet another benefit of living in health-conscious lotus land. The recent findings from the Ontario Brain Institute supporting the belief that physical activity can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or manage the progression of the most common form of dementia is a welcomed news. It is also a reminder for British Columbians that there is help to proactively maintain brain health through the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

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An aging population and projected prevalence of dementia in B.C. is expected to impact health-care and the economy. David Podmore, Chairman and CEO of Concert Properties Ltd., believes real estate will be impacted and is to share professional and personal insights at A Breakfast to Remember. Vancouver’s business and community leaders will gather today at Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.

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Maintaining well-being in the face of dementia can be challenging for those with the illness, for the family members who care for them, and for the health-care providers who support them along the journey. The ME in Dementia: Living a Person-Centred Journey will provide information on what person-centred care really means, some advocacy work that is being done, how to begin planning for the road ahead and an update on current research.  It will also provide people with dementia, family members and health-care providers with an opportunity to meet separately to discuss issues particular to them.

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In the lead up to the B.C. election in May, Jim Mann is touring the province to get a dementia action plan on the next government’s agenda. “In 2010, when the Alzheimer Society released its ground breaking report, Rising Tide, I said: ‘Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are a tragic reality for a rapidly growing number of families. The time to act is now. We need a plan in B.C.’ It’s been over two years and I still don’t see such a plan,” says Mann.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. thanks the 23 communities across British Columbia who raised more than $670,000 through the 2013 Investors Group Walk for Memories. Thousands of British Columbians joined the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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On Mar. 7 business and community leaders will join the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for A Breakfast to Remember.  Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with a wide range of dynamic and high profile business professionals.

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Guinness World Records® has confirmed that octogenarians, Martin and Esther Kafer have indeed hiked their way to world records for Oldest Man and Oldest Woman to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro- the highest point on the African continent as members of the 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team. 

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The associated costs of the rising tide of dementia - financial and social burdens - will reach a crisis point during the mandate of the next B.C. government.  We have created a series of videos to show you what people living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias and their caregivers are up against.

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We invite you to Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: The Impact and Challenges, presented by the North Shore Credit Union with speakers from the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Learn from a panel of experts about dementia and the legal and financial decisions which need to be made with, and for, your loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

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Motivated by a desire to contribute to the mission of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and make a difference, our Gift Planning Officer, Leona Desharnais, brings a 20 plus year background in personal and commercial financial services with a global bank and a Personal Financial Planning designation to her role in Gift Planning.

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Hazel recently moved to the Lower Mainland from the East Coast, to be near her mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. She has participated in two Alzheimer Society of B.C. tele-workshops and accessed some that are archived on the Society’s website.

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On Jan. 27, thousands of British Columbians walked in the Investors Group Walk for Memories. People in 23 communities came out to support those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias yesterday and heartwarming reports of community Walks are coming in from across the province.

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Global BC’s Mark Madryga and Dr. Art Hister took up the Investors Group Walk for Memories Team Challenge this year to gather friends, family and co-workers to celebrate the lives of people living with dementia in British Columbia. People in 23 communities across the province are registered to walk on Sunday, Jan. 27. Support Mark, Dr. Art or both at www.walkformemories.com to help those impacted by Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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Alzheimer’s disease affects a large number of British Columbian adults: 39 per cent know someone with the disease, and the majority (61 per cent) are concerned about getting Alzheimer’s disease in the future. There is optimism though, as 52 per cent expect there will be a cure in the next 10 years.

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Canada’s tax system provides incentives to encourage Canadians to donate to charities. A donation to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. helps those facing dementia build the confidence and skills to maintain quality of life and supports research for a cure.

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Alzheimer Society of B.C. Jean Blake will co-emcee at this year’s Dementia Forum at the UBC Life Sciences Centre on Jan. 26. Bridging Research, Practice and Care is the theme of this year’s Dementia Forum.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. and British Columbia resident Jim Mann officially launched Jim’s Push for a Plan at the Society’s Vancouver Resource Centre on Jan. 8 to win a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan for the 70,000 British Columbians who live with dementia. With 15,000 new cases each year, the rising tide of dementia is set to become a crisis within the term of B.C.’s next Premier.

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Congratulations to Sandra Marsden of the Tri-Cities who won our early bird online registration prize! Sandra won a Nintendo DSi LX with Brain Age games just by registering for her local Investors Group Walk for Memories. 

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He’s having a senior’s moment. She’s lost her marbles. It must be old timer’s disease. He’s getting senile. Sound familiar? Common statements like these seem harmless. But they contribute to the shame, embarrassment and exclusion that people with dementia often face in their community, at work and even among family and friends.

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Global BC personalities Dr. Art Hister and Mark Madryga invite you to join a team to support the families in our communities who face Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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The Dementia Helpline is a province-wide support and information service for anyone with questions about dementia, including people with dementia, their caregivers, family and friends, professionals, and the general public. The special holiday hours are...

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If you are looking for a fun and festive activity to participate in on Christmas Eve, join the Jazz Vespers as they present We Three Queens—Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, and Jennifer Scott—singing traditional carols from childhood and swinging jazz arrangements of original compositions.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this year’s Coffee Break a huge success! Coffee Break is important for raising awareness and funds for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and this year we saw an increase in Coffee Breaks held across the province. This growth is critical to the Society’s ability to meet the increasing need for our programs and services.

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Jim Mann, a British Columbian and Alzheimer Society Board Member who was diagnosed with Azheimer's disease in 2007, will speak at the Cornerstone Building in Kamloops at 1 p.m. today as part of his province-wide push for a comprehensive, funded dementia action plan in B.C.

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The new Investors Group Walk for Memories free mobile application for smart phones is being used in 15 of the 23 Walk locations! “I like that you can share  fundraising updates using social media as well as e-mail,” says Louise Grenier, Smithers Volunteer Walk Chair.

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Delaney, a 13-year-old resident of Delta, is experiencing the dementia journey firsthand through her grandpa. Seeing her grandpa go from the days of funny faces and inside jokes to today's struggle to hold onto his memories, Delaney is determined to do something.

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Alzheimer Society of B.C. staff wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the over 500 wonderful individuals who volunteered with us this year in communities throughout the province. 

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One night in 2004, 78-year-old WWII veteran Harvey Hodgins woke at midnight to find his wife Betty, aged 75, fully dressed and ready to go out. “Where are you going?” he asked, sleepy and confused.

“To find Harvey,” she said.

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The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is encouraged by the new guidelines for improved dementia care announced by the Government of B.C. today as a first step in developing a long-term provincial dementia strategy. While the guidelines and resources are helpful for understanding behaviours and symptoms associated with caring for someone with dementia, the Society believes there is more work to be done. Read more...

New studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine identify a genetic mutation called TREM2. These studies shed light on the role of inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...

Residents of Langley and North Surrey gathered at the local Alzheimer Society of B.C. Resource Centre yesterday to show their support for a new campaign, Jim’s Push for a Plan. Read more...

A new smartphone app is now available for participants in the 2013 Investors Group Walk for Memories. Read more...

Thanks to your support, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has accomplished a lot to fight the rising tide of dementia--but the need is still growing. Read more...

Faisal Beg, a member of the 2010 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team has been recognized with a Meritorious Achievement Award by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. Learn more about his work improving early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Jim Mann and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosted the first in a series of town hall events for Jim's Push for a Plan yesterday in White Rock. Read more...

Tax benefits of donations to Alzheimer Society of B.C.  Read more

View photos from the inaugural Vancouver Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's, which took place at Canlan Ice Sports Oct. 26-28. Read more...

For most children, a typical birthday means cake. Lots of it! It means a day at the zoo and brightly wrapped presents; heaps of attention and a party with balloons. For 7-year- old Ava Halperin from Kelowna though, it meant something quite different this year. Read more...

A new report available from the UK's National Institute for Health Research highlights transitions between health-care services, frequently experienced by older people, as being poorly planned and coordinated. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is excited to welcome Dr. Philip Lee, a Vancouver geriatrician, to our regular teleworkshop series to speak about brain research on Thursday, Oct. 25. Read more...

Local hiking enthusiasts Esther and Martin Kafer have successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, making them the oldest couple – 84 and 85 years old respectively – known to have achieved this feat!
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The new Board Chair for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. believes in his heart, without a doubt, that it is possible to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the planet. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has made history on Grouse Mountain and launched a new way to inspire hope for a world one day without dementia. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be bringing a one-day workshop, Tips for the Dementia Journey, to families and caregivers in Creston, Invermere and Cranbrook in October. Read more...

The 2012 World Alzheimer's Report "Overcoming the stigma of dementia" is available today. Read more...

The 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team has raised more than $200,000 this year to help fight Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...

Relax and rejuvenate while making a difference in the fight against dementia with Kelty McKerracher's Touching the Mind fundraiser. Read more...

Attend a public Coffee Break® this year, and lend your support to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is happy to introduce Anything for Alzheimer’s, a new fundraising website which helps you plan an event or turn an existing event or challenge into a fundraiser to support  the Society. Read more...

During World Alzheimer's Month, join the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and help us tackle the stigma that Alzheimer's disease is "just an old person's disease." Read more...

Kevin Parton is taking the lead in the fight against Alzheimer's disease, and sharing his voice during World Alzheimer's Month. Read more...

Jessa Broeren is educating her teachers and peers about the impact of dementia on everyone, and raising her voice during World Alzheimer's Month. Read more...

"I Will Remind You" song spreading awareness about the impacts of dementia on the entire family during World Alzheimer's Month. Read more...

April Erickson and Marcel Pennington are biking across Canada to raise money and awareness for dementia, and lending their voices to help fight the stigma of dementia during World Alzheimer's Month. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. needs your feedback to stay abreast of the growing needs of the public for dementia education and support. Please help us by completing a short online survey. Read more...

The Vancouver Resource Centre and the Chinese Resource Centre have joined offices and are welcoming the public to an Open House on Sept. 20. Read more...

First Link®, an early intervention service for families who have received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and Minds in Motion™, a fitness and social program for people experiencing early-stage memory loss, are now available in Vancouver. Read more...

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aging is in the process of defining its research priorities for the next five years and is seeking feedback from the public through a series of town halls across Canada. Read more...

A new campaign by the AARP in the United States demonstrates the struggle many caregivers experience when they care for aging relatives. Read more....

The September-October edition of the First Link® bulletin features education programs and workshops offered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

Dan North cycled from Victoria, B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease this summer. This is his story. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of Canada cautions that further testing is required in animals and humans to confirm a link between microwave popcorn and Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Vancouver Canucks Alumni Garth Butcher, Cliff Ronning and Jack McIlhargey will be serving lunch and meeting with the community to show support for October's Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's. Read more...

This September, you can make your coffee count by hosting a Coffee Break®. Read more...

Alfred P. Knowles used to own and operate the Ridge Theatre in Vancouver. He was one of the founding members and donors of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

The Alzhemier Society of B.C. is calling for volunteer leaders to help plan and coordinate the 2013 Investors Group Walk for Memories in Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George, Salmon Arm, Vancouver and Vernon. Read more...

"My Dad collected lighthouses, dozens of beautiful replicas with stain glass and real bulbs that lit up his sea motif condominium in Florida," writes Diane Case. Read more...

Thank you for your generous support of the 2012 Alzheimer Society of B.C. team at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K. We are happy to announce that we surpassed last year’s total and raised over $31,000! Read more...

Dr. Ronald Petersen is the Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a former physician to US President Ronald Reagan. He spoke recently at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and a large International Conference on Alzheimer’s research in Vancouver. Read more

People living with dementia and their families can continue to use the TaxiSaver Program. In a statement to the media released yesterday, it was announced that “TransLink’s Board of Directors will maintain the TaxiSaver program, reversing its original decision to eliminate the program.” Read more...

Six researchers from British Columbia will receive funding from the Alzheimer Society Research Program in 2012 to advance dementia knowedlge in Canada. Read more...

The 12th annual Flora Aasen Memorial Alzheimer’s Pro-Am will be held at Pitt Meadows Golf & Country Club in Pitt Meadows on Aug. 20. Read more...

Recent 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team fundraisers raised more than $3,000 for the cause. Read more...

People living with dementia and their families have been invited to share their views on cuts to Metro Vancouver’s Taxi Saver Program in community forums this month. Read more...

Volunteers are needed to help ensure families facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are not alone in their journey. Read more...

The Backus family ran together in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and 5K on June 24 to help fund research into a cure for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more...

A new web series by Canadian filmmaker Christopher Wynn has been released that looks at the impact of dementia on caregivers. Read more...

The 10th annual Ralph Robinson Memorial Golf Tournament takes place Sunday, June 24 in Penticton, B.C. Read more...

Team captains for the Vancouver Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer’s buddied up with and celebrated former Vancouver Canucks coach, Pat Quinn, this week. Read more...

The UBC Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders is looking for research volunteers among people with a diagnosis of moderate Alzheimer’s disease who would like to be in a study evaluating the benefits of music therapy. Read more...

The 18th Annual Forget Me Not Golf Tournament raised $575,000 in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society would like to invite everyone to come cheer on and celebrate with this year’s Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K team. Read more...

The July-August edition of the First Link® bulletin features planning tips for summer travel. Read more...

Alzheimer’s Disease International has invited people living with dementia and their family caregivers to share their opinions and experiences about stigma relating to dementia in a new survey. Read more...

The Fraser Health Authority announced the completion of the Czorny Alzheimer Centre in Surrey, B.C. yesterday. Read more...

Jennifer Boyer says that training for her first half-marathon has been a worthwhile challenge while she makes a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

This Mother’s Day, British Columbians found a meaningful way to honour their mothers while supporting thousands of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s “ForMyMom.ca” fundraising campaign.

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On June 18, Dan will set off on a solo four-week cycling trip from Victoria, B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Le Physique Personal Training is holding a fundraiser for 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer's hikers Katherine Paton and Jeff Beckman on Wednesday, June 6 in Vancouver. Read more...

April Erickson and Marcel Pennington are about to embark on a four-month bike ride across Canada to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

Pledge to support the 2012 Alzheimer Society of B.C. team running in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K and help them reach this year's goal of $35,000! Read more...

Support our team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at one of three team fundraisers this month in the Lower Mainland. Read more...

Vancouver City Councillor Tony Tang's motion for a city policy to better assist residents living with dementia passed unanimously in council on Tuesday. Read more...

Students at Royal Roads University are raising money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. at the Eagles for Alzheimer's golf tournament. Read more...

City of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson will support the creation of a comprehensive new policy to better assist seniors in crisis and residents living with dementia. Read more...

A new mobile application for iPhone and iPad is available for caregivers to try. Read more...

It was standing room only at the Terminal City Club in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday, May 2 when Vancouver’s business leaders gathered to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Read more...

The May-June edition of the First Link® bulletin features the Minds in Motion, a fitness and social program for people experiencing early stage memory loss. Read more...

The 2012 Ascent for Alzheimer's team completed their first team training hike last week, the first of many as they prepare to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro this fall. Read more...

Meet our Featured Runner in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K. Kevin Parton, 24, is running to help tackle Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more...

Family caregivers and health professionals share their perspective on timely information and support from First Link® in a new video. Read more...

It's National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to recognize the incredible volunteers who work with the Alzheimer Society of B.C.! Read more...

Register for the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. before May 1 and you will be entered to win a $150 Running Room gift card. Read more...

Scar Tissue, a new play, shines a light on the adult caregiver experience. Read more...

A new report from the World Health Organization challenges national governments to step up their efforts in the fight against dementia. Read more...

The World Health Organization has challenged national governments to establish dementia care strategies. Help ensure we have a provincial strategy as well. Read more...

Today, 72 per cent of people living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Make a difference this Mother's Day. Read more...

The Manitoba Government has proclaimed the first Tuesday of April in each year as Caregiver Recognition Day. Read more...

Gordie Howe was in Vancouver to announce the launch of the Scotiabank Pro-Am for Alzheimer's, benefiting the the Gordie & Colleen Howe Fund for Alzheimer’s, Baycrest, and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Read more...

The Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Clinic for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at UBC Hospital invited patients, staff, and the public to participate in the UBC Dementia 2012 Forum in January. Resources from the forum are now available to download.  Read more...

March 12-18 is Brain Awareness Week. View our new PSA and help us to protect memories. Read more...

Thank you for attending the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K launch event! Read more...

The March-April 2012 edition of the First Link® bulletin features the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s 19 Resource Centres. Read more...

For a time, Steve Kapalka was nicknamed the ‘Mayor of Lake Louise,’ most likely because of his joie de vivre, which once prompted him to usher a bear into a kitchen and chase out the cooks!  Learn more about Steve and his son, Jason, who chooses to give back. Read more...

Claims about the benefits of coconut oil for individuals with Alzheimer's disease should be interpreted with some caution. Read more...

Our new Guide to Income Tax and Benefits (2011 tax year) includes tax information you may want to discuss with your tax preparer. Read more...

Support the Alzheimer Society of B.C. team at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K launch event and get a chance to meet Mason Raymond from the Vancouver Canucks. Read more...

Thank you, B.C.! Together we raised over $690,000 at the Investors Group Walk for Memories. Read more...

New Spanish Cinema Week is coming to Vancouver and features a touching documentary about Alzheimer’s disease. Read more...

BC Business magazine asked three charity leaders to give pointers on creating a philanthropic culture at work. Read more...

M.P. Ron Cannan from B.C. made a statement to the House of Commons last week about Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Download a transcript of "In Jim's Shoes," a Twitter campaign designed to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease. Read more...

Thank you for walking, B.C., and helping people in your community living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has been selected as a Featured Charity in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K. Read more...

The Investors Group Walk for Memories honours people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more...

Support our passionate volunteers at the 2012 Investors Group Walk for Memories. Read more...

Wear a Forget Me Not flower pin, and help raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more...

Get healthy and promote brain health by walking with the Investors Group Walk for Memories! Read more...

The Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at the University of British Columbia (UBC) will be hosting a free dementia forum on Jan. 28, 2012. Read more...

It’s official! Gordie “Mr. Hockey®” Howe’s innovative charitable hockey tournament, the Scotiabank Pro Am for Alzheimer’s is coming to Vancouver in 2012! Read more...

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched a short five-minute video to help raise public awareness about signs and symptoms of dementia. Read more...

Help families who have just received a diagnosis of dementia by supporting the expansion of First Link®. Read more...

If you or someone you love has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, reach out to your family doctor and connect with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for help. Read more...

See and share our new PSAs to encourage your friends and family to take care of their brain health. Read more...

A new survey shows low awareness of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias causes a delay in diagnosis and a subsequent treatment gap for people with dementia. Read more...

Raise your voice as an Alzheimer Advocate to ensure delivery of health services and community programs that support people on the dementia journey. Read more...

Do you know what it's like to live with Alzheimer's disease? Get a glimpse with our new twitter campaign.