What We Do
Imagine you feel lost, devastated and overwhelmed – all at the same time. These are just some of the feelings people often have when their doctor arrives at a diagnosis. When faced with a progressive, terminal disease with no known cause or cure, you need to know that it’s still possible to have a meaningful life.
This is exactly what you’re helping create for thousands of families in Calgary and surrounding area….
Each day, 8 more people in our community (2,800 people per year) are developing Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementias. And the impact extends to their family members, friends, coworkers, community members and more.
Our Impact | Report to the Community – Fiscal 2017 (April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017)
This was a year of breaking new ground with offerings, sources of revenue and organizational effectiveness to realize the vision we share with supporters more effectively than ever before.
- October 2016 was the launch of the First Link® program for Calgary and area in collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories was this year’s major triumph;
- New offerings added to our Club 36 Adult Day Program, such as expanding art therapy and partnering with a local theatre troupe to introduce playful improvisation, increased quality of life for members and caregivers;
- A successful Request for Funding Proposal from the United Way of Calgary and Area created increased funding for the next five years to help sustain vital programs.
- The end of 2016 saw the Society move to a smaller, more dementia-friendly office space, decreasing costs, improving accessibility and enabling us to enhance operational efficiencies to better serve our community.
Your gift enables people with dementia to live life well and builds the capacity of the community to support and care for them.
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is where community, insight and empowerment begin. We believe in a future with:
- Enhanced quality of life for local people with dementia, their families and caregivers
- Increased capacity of the community to support and care for people impacted
- Access to evidence-based best practices in dementia care from disease onset through end of life
- Greater respect, support, identification and intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers
Our founder was a volunteer named Jeanne Bentley whose family had been affected by dementia. Jeanne had a compelling, noble vision.
View more personal stories of impact here: 2016 Report to the Community