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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.

- An Adult Day Program "Club 36" family member

The Alzheimer’s Society has been a great resource for our family on this journey through the disease with my Dad.

- A person who reached out to us

Latest news - Year End Update

Currently, there are approximately 564, 000 Canadians living with dementia, with 13, 000 of them living in Calgary.

These numbers are expected to double by 2031, in the absence of a cure or a disease modifying agent.

We are closer to developing a disease modifying agent now than ever before- Two drugs that have cleared the initial trials and have entered the Phase 3 stage are Aducanumab (An Antiamyloid Monoclonal Antibody that removes plaques from the brain) and BACE inhibitors (that reduce the formation of plaques). These drugs have been found to be effective if given in the very early stage of the disease, before the appearance of symptoms.

University of Calgary will be launching their study using Aducanumab in the next couple of months  and  Dr. Peter Stys at U of C is working on developing a blood test for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease.

At the same time, according to reports from United States, UK, and Australia, the number of new cases of dementia seems to be decreasing- upto 24% less than the projected numbers. This decrease has been attributed to increased awareness, health promotion initiatives, adoption of an actrive healthy life style, and increased education and literacy. This is an indication that we are proceeding in the right direction, and gives us reason to be optimistic. However, we will still see an increase in the actual number of individuals living with the disease, because of population aging.

Anyone interested in learning more about dementia can register online through our website  to attend our event Talking About Dementia with Dr. David Hogan, scheduled for January 24th at Delta Calgary South

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.