Non-profit organization resources include those provided by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and various national, provincial and city groups. Some Supportive Living and Long-term Care facilities are operated by charitable organizations.
Alzheimer Society of Canada
The Alzheimer Society of Canada is the main non-profit charitable organization providing assistance to people with dementia and their family and caregivers. In spite of its name, this organization provides services for all types of dementia. It is often one of the first points of contact and support for newly-diagnosed people with dementia and their family. They not only provide a wide range of resources but offer much-needed emotional support through one-on-one visits with a staff member as well as through support group sessions. They are a point of referral from doctors and also refer to other agencies including outreach groups and AHS Home Care. The society website contains a wealth of information for people with dementia, caregivers, health-care professionals, first responders and financial advisors. Alberta and Northwest Territories branch of the society has offices in various cities. The Society also provides a support and referral program and the Asant Café online discussion forum.
Dementia Advocacy Canada
Dementia Advocacy Canada was recently formed to support people living with dementia through meetings, webinars and resources. This group includes a wide variety of people on its executive, including many people diagnosed with various forms of dementia.
Dementia Connections publishes an excellent printed magazine that discusses a wide variety of dementia-related topics. The various articles are available on its website, which also includes resources in in the Calgary area.
Dementia Network Calgary
Dementia Network Calgary was founded in 2013 with a diverse team of caregivers and health care and educational professionals. It is currently active in developing a Strategic Council with a ‘mandate of advocacy to inspire change at a systems level’.
Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation
As its Mission Statement indicates, the Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation ‘strives to build awareness and promote culture change for persons living with dementia under the age of 65’. It provides information to both caregivers and persons living with Early Onset Dementia.
Other National and Provincial Groups
Other organizations are related to caregivers and seniors concerns. These include:
- Caregivers Alberta
- Caregivers Coalition of Southeast Alberta
- Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA)
Medicine Hat Groups