You can make sure Bill & Joan have someone to turn to this holiday season
With your support, getting through to a friendly and helpful voice can be the difference between coping - and crisis this holiday season.
Bill’s life was utterly transformed by the support of a person like you who chose to donate.
Bill called the Alzheimer Society of Calgary at a time in his life when things felt really uncertain and overwhelming. Bill suspected his wife Joan had dementia.
When Bill and Joan met over 40 years ago at a dance hall, it was love at first sight. It wasn’t long before marriage and children followed. Now in retirement, they looked forward to many visits with their children and grandchildren. And travelling the globe. That long-awaited “someday” had arrived.
Bill started to notice Joan’s forgetfulness and he wondered if she was just getting older? But she would forget where the car was parked, or have difficulty making their morning cups of coffee. More and more challenges in her normal routine seemed to creep in.
Our Calgary community is aging and increasingly affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. In the past 12 months, the Alzheimer Society of Calgary experienced a shocking 30% increase in demand for its confidential support line. These are your neighbours and friends struggling with grief, anxiety, loss …and, in too many cases, crisis. And it’s just one of the alarming indicators of the growth of these diseases and the reality we face ahead.
These are tough economic times. The need is greater than ever. And we rely on your donations to continue providing these essentials to families.
If you are considering giving this holiday season, know it’s because of people like you, life-changing experiences like confidential supports; help with navigating the health care system; and “light-bulb moments” from educational workshops; are possible for affected families right here in Calgary. That’s why it’s important you give.
Bill and Joan's story and photo is a compilation of many other Calgarians’ experiences. For protection and privacy of our clients, we have substituted a name to represent her story.
January 28, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pmTalking about Dementia with Dr. David Hogan
Learn about Alzheimer's disease & related dementias. Dr. David Hogan from the University of Calgary will present.
January 11th & 18th 1:00PM - 4:00PMCaregiver Strategies for Dementia
A practical skill-building workshop providing an essential foundation for family members, friends and caregivers
Thursday, April 6th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PMUnderstanding Dementia & Brain Health
A superb introduction to the topic of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
Physicians & health care professionals - find your referral info here
Today is “Giving Tuesday” - a day dedicated to giving back around the world and in the community. If you’ve given a gift recently, or if you’re thinking about it this season, read below to learn what YOU’RE GIVING this holiday season when you make a donation to Alzheimer Society of Calgary.
Here’s what you are giving this season...Read More
We all show up for different reasons to the Investors Group Alzheimer Walk & Run. Think it? Ink it! Sponsored by The Manor Village is a very creative way to honour and celebrate what motivates our community to come together for the cause. Some of us are there for spouses, parents or grandparents. Some are there to remember and honor a loved one lost.Read More
Bill and Joan's lives were utterly transformed by the support of a person like you who chose to donate.
Bill called the Alzheimer Society of Calgary at a time in his life when things felt really uncertain and overwhelming. Bill suspected his wife Joan had dementia.Read More
The Difference is in the Details
Sponsored article by Qualicare Family Homecare
When we think about the many moving parts involved in introducing a caregiver to a client with dementia, it’s often the small details that make a big difference. One story in particular stands out: As care began for our client, some days were great and some were not. On a good day, our client would go for leisurely walks with our caregiver and her dog, enjoying the fresh air as they explored their way through the park.Read More