Why We Exist
Caregivers experience better outcomes when they have access to emotional support and resources, early in the process. We help local people like Colette who after a phone call and an in-person meeting, had a new outlook on the future and her husband’s condition.
Preparing to downsize to a condo and travel the world, everything was suddenly in jeopardy as their worst nightmare became a reality. Colette had become aware of Rod’s memory troubles a few years ago, but the severity didn’t sink in until she was forced to take action after an upsetting event disrupted one of their vacations.
On a trip to the Dominican Republic, Rod found himself disoriented and unable to follow the tour guide on an expedition. This lead to him getting separated from his group and becoming lost on a remote Caribbean island.
No longer able to ignore the signs and symptoms, Colette took Rod to see a specialist as soon as they got home. He was diagnosed with vascular dementia.
Devastated and unsure of where to begin, Colette became depressed and felt alone. She turned to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary for help.
Colette and Rod found hope when they thought all hope was lost
Colette connected with the support team at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, where she received emotional support and practical advice. She discovered new resources to help her and her husband manage.
Over the years, the Alzheimer Society of Calgary has stayed in touch with Colette and her husband. They have adjusted to their new reality and living well together.
Read about other local lives transformed – with help from the Alzheimer Society of Calgary
Meet Judy: Judy cared for her mother, Winnie – an indomitable spirit who put 110% effort into everything she did. She was only in her 60s when she first started exhibiting early signs of dementia. Read her story here.
Meet Samantha & Shawn: Shawn was the mother that all of Samantha’s friends wanted to have. The one you could talk to about anything. At just 56, Shawn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Samantha became her primary caregiver – at 27. Read their story here.
Meet Angela & Clyde: Soon after Clyde retired at age 55, Angela began noticing subtle changes. “Our social worker at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary was such a calming presence. She helped me access lots of resources for now and for the future.” Read their story here.