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Alzheimer Society of Calgary

When faced with a progressive, terminal disease (with no known cause or cure) you need insight, support and reassurance. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men are at risk of dementia in their lifetime.

Our Story

Why We Exist

Because we know it’s still possible for people with dementia, their family members and caregivers to live life well. We help people like Eva who’ve learned first-hand what it’s like to have dementia in her family.

Eva’s journey was powerful, heartbreaking and life-altering. “When my mother passed away, my Dad (Josef) could manage well enough by himself. He could drive; prepare his own meals and garden. I was always very close to him and we spoke every day. Gradually, things began to change.

It’s so hard to know when something might be wrong, or when it’s ‘just getting old’ – things like memory loss and slowing down physically. I started to notice small things; like Dad would re-tell stories or we’d have the same conversations over and over. He was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 79.”

New insight from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary gave Eva fresh perspective.

“Caring for a person with dementia impacts your health. It can be very stressful and it really affected me.  I’m so grateful for the support I got from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. I enrolled in a workshop for family caregivers and it was life-changing for me – the things I learned, and how much more I understood. To understand what was happening in Dad’s brain when he’d act a certain way made it easier not to get upset. The tools and tips also helped me to appreciate the time I had with my Dad and not to worry about the small stuff.

And I learned you can still laugh! I remember trying to explain to him that he couldn’t get up and walk because he might fall. ‘I can’t walk?! But I was out walking by the river just this morning!’ he said.

There’s a lot to be grateful for. I’m very grateful that he never forgot who I was, that he always recognized me.

And I would like others on this journey to know that it’s important to learn as much as possible and to find out the facts.

I support the Alzheimer Society of Calgary as a donor because I really want to help other people. I want them to have the same resources I had. And my wish for them is that it’s an easier journey because of that.”  – Eva Weckl

 

Read about other local lives transformed – with help from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary

Meet Matt & Heather : Matt is a very young caregiver who looks after his mother, Heather. She was diagnosed at the young age of 53. View their story here.

Meet Sorayda: Sorayda cared for her grandmother – a strong, vibrant woman who raised her from the age of 2. View her story here.

Meet Lois: Her mother’s diagnosis was devastating. Lois found a lifeline that helped her get through it. View her story here.

Our Impact

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

Our Programs

How We Do It

Whether a person has noticed some recent changes; been directly impacted by a diagnosis; or simply wishes to expand their knowledge about dementia, the Alzheimer Society of Calgary is a great place to begin. We offer…

Support: Connect with a friendly voice or explore local support groups. Take advantage of confidential one-on-one support sessions with registered social workers. ​

  • 2016 Results: 760 people accessed online training through the Alzheimer Calgary web site to learn about dementia and find strategies to cope.

Education: This is where people of all ages come to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; the warning signs; prevention and risk reduction.  We teach people how to become exceptional caregivers. And we offer workshops for anyone employed in all types of dementia care, too. We are the exclusive licensees of the Best Friends™ Approach in Alberta.

  • 2016 Results: 93% of participants increased their knowledge and understanding of dementia

Care: Here you can find meaningful activities for people with dementia and respite for caregivers. Our Club 36 Adult Day Program creates a person-centered experience for everyone involved.

  • 2016 Results: 90% of family education participants reported they were better able to care for their family member with dementia.

“I expected a few brochures …and I left the office with hope. Wow!”                                                 – A person who chose to speak with us.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Your gift creates immediate, concrete results for local families. That’s because 70% of our funding (and our ability to provide help and support) comes from people like you… donors, funders and corporate supporters. With your support, we are able to continue serving thousands of Calgary families that reach out in need every year.

Learn more about how you can create life change

Learn more about how your gift gets converted into action and make a donation online. Click here for info. When you give to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, the impact of your gift is:

  • immediate
  • tangible
  • and stays 100% local.

You’re creating essential life changes for people directly affected by dementia.

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Contact

Jill Petrovic

Alzheimer Society of Calgary

403.290.0110

Charitable Number: 130725740RR0001

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Annual Operating Budget:

2200692