Who We Are
Reaching out to people at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary saved my life. They really understood, and didn’t judge me."
As a first step towards acceptance of the changes in my husband [after his diagnosis] I made a phone call to the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary to sign up for a course. After explaining my intent, and before anything else was said, the person on the other end of the phone asked, “How are you doing?” So unexpected, so sincere, so compassionate, so moving. We chatted for a long time.
About the Dementia Network Calgary
The Dementia Network Calgary and Area (the Network) was formed as a collaborative group made up of knowledgeable, capable individuals who have a desire to create change and help make the journey more manageable. The Alzheimer Society of Calgary has stepped forward as the convenor for Calgary and area to bring the Network participants together to discuss and act so that people impacted by dementia can receive the support, education and care they need along the way.
With the rising incidence of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in the local community and the complexity of this dementia challenge, a need to create a group of people and organizations that can collectively identify the challenging questions that surround dementia and implement shared solutions that benefit our entire community was identified.
Dementia Network Calgary was created in response to this critical need; embracing an approach that spans the traditional boundaries of sector and discipline, and intentionally cultivates collaboration across multiple sectors. Today, Dementia Network Calgary includes representatives from the following stakeholder groups:
- Families/ care partners;
- Private and public care facilities;
- Non-profit service providers;
- Community organizations;
- Health services;
- Post-secondary institutions; and
Resources & Tools
New tools to help you stay connected with family & friends
Have you ever struggled to explain that your loved one has dementia, and what that really means? Or felt the pain of increasing detachment from once tight-knit family and friends? If so, you’re not alone.
Now, there are some tools to help! Please check them out and share them:
• Let me reintroduce myself tool kit: This is a guided and easy-to-complete Q&A sheet that will enable you to share important insights about yourself (or the person with dementia). Most importantly, it will help people understand how to stay connected by honoring unique life experiences. It’s called “Let Me Re-Introduce Myself” and it only takes a few minutes of your time. Even better news, it’s very easy to share with family and friends. View or download it here.
• Communicating with a person who has dementia: A quick overview of communication tips to keep in mind. View or download it here.
There will be more to ome in the future. These tool kits were put together by the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and the Dementia Network Calgary. Generously supported by the United Way of Calgary and Area.
I don't know what I'd do without Club 36! It really gives me the break I need to be able to keep him at home a little longer.