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This summer, local people like John need your support.

Before Alzheimer’s disease, John was a very outgoing man. He loved his position at the bank and took great pride in his appearance; he was always well-dressed, freshly shaven and ready to go. He and Ruth spent time with friends on the weekends and camped during the summer months. They raised two beautiful daughters and enjoyed their role as grandparents. Life was good.

Then, without warning, everything changed.

John had been retired only a short time when the first signs of memory loss appeared. And when they went to visit family in New Brunswick for Christmas, it became even more noticeable. John couldn’t remember where the bathroom was and had to be shown each time. And he couldn’t remember that his daughters had married and no longer lived in Alberta.

Click here to continue reading the story of John and his wife Ruth.

John and his family rely on their connection with the Alzheimer Society of Calgary for crucial support and care. His story illustrates just how distressing it can be for families to lose a parent and husband to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Your donation today means families like John’s can access the help they urgently need and deserve.

Click here to donate now and support local people like John and his family.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, August 30th 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Understanding Dementia & Brain Health

    A superb introduction to the topic of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias

  • Thursday September 21st 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Talking about Dementia

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease & related dementias. Dr. David Hogan, Dr. Eric Smith, and Lorraine Venturato, Ph.D. from the University of Calgary will present.

  • September 28, 2017 1:00 - 4:00 PM

    Considering Care Options

    If you're considering a change in care options for your loved one, this is a good place to begin.

  • October 2017 TBC

    Caregiver Strategies for Dementia

    A practical skill-building workshop providing an essential foundation for family members, friends and caregivers

  • Thursday, November 16 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Best Friends Approach Workshop

    Enhance your dementia care skills in the workplace

  • First Link Referral Program

    Physicians & health care professionals - find your referral info here

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