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Copyright and permission to reproduce

This website design and content, including text, graphics and photographs, are copyrighted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, unless otherwise credited to the creator of the work. They are protected by copyright under Canadian, United States and foreign laws.

If you would like to reproduce any material on this site for any purpose other than personal use, contact the webmaster with your request.

Requests to use information from our site on another website will be evaluated on an individual basis.

As content is updated frequently, we prefer that other sites link to our website instead of reproducing content so that it is always up-to-date.

Linking policy

This website contains links to websites operated by parties other than members of the Alzheimer Society Federation of Canada. These links are provided for your convenience and information, and Alzheimer Society assumes no responsibility for the information provided on them. The inclusion of links to other websites does not imply endorsement of the material on those websites or any association with their publishers.

Other websites are free to link to this site and formal requests are not required. If you intend to link to this website, link to the home page www.alzheimer.ca to ensure that the link does not become broken as this website is periodically updated and revised. If you wish to add a text introduction to the link, we request that you use:

The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Links to the Alzheimer Society website must not use any branded Alzheimer Society logos, including the Forget Me Not symbol or program-specific logos such as First Link®, Coffee Break® or Safely Home®, when creating the link.

Please note that reciprocal links are not often granted due to the volume of requests submitted.

Important Notice and Disclaimer

Alzheimer Society of Canada owns, operates and manages this website in a representative capacity on behalf of itself and certain other members of the Alzheimer Society Federation of Canada (the “Federation”). The Federation is an unincorporated association of Canadian charitable organizations for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The management and enforcement of, and compliance with, legal rights and obligations in connection with this website are the responsibility of the Alzheimer Society of Canada acting in its aforementioned representative capacity. Individual members of the Federation may in their own capacities also be entitled and obligated to enforce legal rights or obligations which pertain specifically to them.

The term “Alzheimer Society” is a registered trade mark of the Alzheimer Society of Canada and is used under license or with permission by Alzheimer Societies across Canada. “Alzheimer Society” does not refer to, is not the legal name of, and does not represent, a specific legal entity, unless specifically stated otherwise.” 

The Alzheimer Society strives to provide unbiased, accurate, timely and up-to-date information on this site. All information has been prepared in consultation with leading Canadian Alzheimer physicians, health-care professionals and researchers. Much of the Alzheimer care information has been developed with input from caregivers and people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia across Canada.

We provide information on Alzheimer medications currently available in Canada. While we provide information on specific drugs, this is for your information only and does not represent an endorsement of any drugs by the Alzheimer Society, nor is it a comprehensive list of all drugs used to treat dementia or being tested for that purpose.

Medical information presented in this site has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Larry W. Chambers, PhD, Scientific Advisor of for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

We offer information, not medical advice

The information on this site is presented for information purposes only. It is not presented as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any questions about your individual medical situation, always contact your doctor or other qualified health-care provider. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this site.

For help with caregiving resources, support and information on local services, contact your local Alzheimer Society.

Read the full Terms and conditions of using this website. 


What information does the Alzheimer Society collect?

The Society only collects personal information about donors, clients, volunteers and event participants, for fundraising, public education and advocacy purposes, program and service delivery, as well as to establish, maintain and manage our relationship with you.

(Personal information is any information about an individual. Personal information (e.g. name, address, age, credit card information, banking information) does not include information that cannot be associated with or tracked back to a specific individual. Information that is publicly available, such as a telephone book listing, is also not considered to be personal information.)

Your privacy is always respected. All information relating to your correspondence and contributions to the Alzheimer Society is held in the strictest confidence, and at no time is it shared with third parties without your prior consent.

The information we collect includes:

  • contact and identification information, such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address
  • donation information such as date of gift, amount of gift, the campaign you contributed to, name of spouse or partner if it was a joint gift
  • financial information such as your payment methods and preferences, billing and banking information (credit card number and expiry date or chequing account transit numbers, in order to process your donation);  online financial transactions such as donations and event registrations, are processed using secure web transactions
  • other personal information used for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances (e.g. if you have demonstrated an interest in participating in fundraising events, we may send you information regarding other fundraising programs and services)

We may use some of your information in the following ways:

  • for fundraising 
  • to process donations
  • to respond to requests for services and information
  • to inform you about Society activities
  • to assist in the development of new programs, events, and services
  • to provide donation recipients with summary or aggregate information about our donations, programs and services
  • for internal research purposes
  • to develop advertising based on donor preferences

Some of the information the Society collects is needed in order to satisfy the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) (e.g. income tax receipts). There are also circumstances where the use and/or disclosure of personal information is justified or permitted without consent. These circumstances may include:

  • where required by law or by order or requirement of a court, administrative agency or other governmental tribunal
  • where the Society believes, upon reasonable grounds, that it is necessary to protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of an identifiable person or group
  • where the information is already public

The Society keeps personal and financial information only as long as it is required, and in accordance with applicable federal and provincial regulations.

User postings and submissions

The Alzheimer Society Message Board provides a place for people to come together and share thoughts, ideas and inspiration. For more information, please visit the Message Board registration page.

We welcome submissions to Creative Space – an area for people to share artwork or pieces of writing. For more information and guidelines on submitting a piece of work, please visit our Creative Space page, or send an email to the webmaster.


A cookie is a piece of data sent to your web browser and stored on your hard drive. Cookies help us improve our website by tracking and targeting the interests of our users as they visit different sections of our site. Cookies do not contain any personal information.

Cookies are used to remember your login information for the Message Board, if you choose to save it.

In order to make our website better, we use Google Analytics to track how people use the site. Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc., and it uses cookies to track information about the use of the site. This information is stored on Google’s servers in the United States and is used to compile and report on usage of the website.

You can use the Society website without cookies, but you may have to re-enter information each time you visit.


This website does not host or receive funding from advertising or from the display of commercial content.


For more information on caregiving resources, support and services in your community, contact your local Alzheimer Society.

If you have any questions about the content on this site, please contact the webmaster.



Use of “dementia”

The Alzheimer Society’s mission is to support those affected by all forms of dementia.  In this website, the word “dementia” when used by itself with no further qualification, includes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of irreversible and reversible dementia.   When we are referring to a specific form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia or Vascular dementia,  the specific form will be named.    Where we are discussing medical research or providing information where the distinction between irreversible and reversible dementia is pertinent, we will specify which of these two groups we mean, or use “Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia” to indicate all irreversible forms of dementia.

Use of “he” and “she”


This website uses “he” and “she” alternately to refer to an individual person with dementia and any other person living with the effects of dementia.   Our choice of pronouns  is meant to emphasize that this disease impacts both genders,  whether we are speaking of those diagnosed, caregivers, family and friends, or health care professionals.

Last Updated: 12/17/2014