Highlights of Our Work


The World Health Organization releases its report, Dementia: A Public Health Priority, signalling the need for governments around the world to take action to alleviate the economic and social stress of dementia.

The Alzheimer Society awards $3.4 million in research grants and awards to 35 deserving projects.


The Alzheimer’s Disease International conference is hosted in Toronto and includes speakers from the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the development and launch of the Power of Music video.

The federal government invests $8.6 million for new research on Alzheimer’s disease, supporting 44 research projects approved by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to be carried out by Canadian researchers.


The Society publishes Rising Tide: The impact of dementia on Canadian society. The report summarizes the current and projected economic and social costs of dementia in Canada and makes recommendations on policies and strategies.

The Culture Change Initiative is launched to promote better long-term care for persons with dementia and to encourage person-centred language use.

The Alzheimer Society Research Program awards $2.9 million in research grants to deserving projects.


The Society launches its progression series pamphlets, detailing the individual stages of Alzheimer’s disease. This marks the first time printed material is written from a person-centred perspective.


The Alzheimer Society of Canada signs the Global Alzheimer’s Disease Charter put forth by Alzheimer’s Disease International. Launching on World Alzheimer’s Day – September 21, 2008, the petition demonstrate the urgent need for governments and stakeholders around the world to make Alzheimer’s disease a priority.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is a founding member of Neurological Health Charities Canada (NHCC), a collection of organizations that represent people with neurological and neuromuscular problems. The NHCC provides leadership, opportunities for collaboration, education and research related to brain health.


The Alzheimer Society of Canada celebrates its 30th anniversary.


The Society launches a two-year Awareness Campaign entitled "The Story is Changing." The campaign focuses on progress in caring, treatments, research and understanding of Alzheimer's disease.

Safely Home™ -- Alzheimer Wandering Registry celebrates 10 years in the community. New resources are added to the program including a training DVD for police and search & rescue personnel, and a pre-plan resource for long-term care facilities to assist them in the event a resident gets lost.


This year there are more than 85 Early Stage Alzheimer Support Groups across Canada offering information and peer support to people with the disease. These groups are lifelines for those with the disease.

The national website, now in its eighth year, receives almost 1 million page requests for the final quarter of 2004. An expanded Message Board is added to the site. Its online discussion forums offer another way for family caregivers, people with the disease and health-care professionals to support and learn from each other.

The Society produced 1 million informational pieces (guidelines, information sheets, pamphlets, etc.) to educate the public on Alzheimer's disease.


The programs and services of the Alzheimer Society across the country are the focus of this year's Alzheimer Awareness Campaign. The aim is to encourage people to contact their local Society for help.

Coffee Break, the Society's annual fundraiser, raises over $1 million nationwide to help provide programs and services to people affected by Alzheimer's disease.

The Society is a leading funder of Alzheimer research in Canada and offered $3.4 million in grants and awards this year.


With input from people with dementia through the focus groups held in 2001, the Alzheimer Society of Canada develops a new booklet and audiotape, Shared Experiences: Suggestions for those with Alzheimer's disease. The I Have Alzheimer's Disease section of the website expands with this new information.

This year, the Society responded to over 900,000 requests from the public for information on Alzheimer's disease.


Thanks to earlier diagnosis and the introduction of medications to treat symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in the early stages, the Alzheimer Society begins, for the first time, to create educational material for people with Alzheimer's disease. This marks a departure from previous education efforts directed primarily at caregivers and families.

The Society develops a new section of its website, I Have Alzheimer's Disease, for people with the disease.

Towards the end of the year, focus groups of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are held across Canada to help the Society develop additional material that meets this group's needs.

The Society allocates more than $2 million in research funding for the first time.


The impending crisis of Alzheimer's disease on 10 million aging baby boomers marks the Alzheimer Awareness Campaign for the new millennium.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada co-hosts World Alzheimer Congress 2000 in Washington, D.C. with Alzheimer's Disease International and the Alzheimer's Association of the U.S.


Caregiver stress is the focus of this year's Alzheimer Awareness Campaign. New brochures help caregivers recognize the signs of stress and offers ways to deal with it.


The Alzheimer Society issues, for the first time, a list of 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and publishes two related booklets: Is It Alzheimer Disease ? 10 Warning Signs and Getting A Diagnosis: Finding Out If It Is Alzheimer Disease.


The Society issues a set of Ethical Guidelines, the first document of its kind in Canada to address the ethics of Alzheimer care.

The Society launches its website, www.alzheimer.ca, a bilingual source of information on Alzheimer's disease, care and the work of the Society.


The Society allocates more than $1 million in research funding for the first time.

On September 20, 1996, the first nationwide Alzheimer Society fundraiser, Alzheimer Coffee Break, is held coast to coast with 7,500 coffee breaks raising more than $275,000.

Brothers Greg, Ross and Keith Neil cycle across Canada, "Riding for Hope," to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and honour their mother, Barbara, who has the disease.

Society representatives meet with federal policy makers in Ottawa to discuss critical Alzheimer issues at the first Public Policy Forum.


The Alzheimer Society and the RCMP join forces to create the Alzheimer Wandering Registry (changed in 2003 to Safely Home™ -- Alzheimer Wandering Registry) to help people with Alzheimer's disease who are lost return home safely.


The Society publishes Just for You, its first publication specifically for people with Alzheimer's disease.


The Society produces Alzheimer Disease : Care at Home, a set of seven videos, workbook and instructor's manual, as a training resource for Alzheimer home support workers.

The Society hosts the 9th Alzheimer's Disease International conference in Toronto.

The first support group for people with Alzheimer's disease is formed.


The Society publishes the Guidelines for Care, a set of nationwide standards and guidelines for Alzheimer caregiving. Copies are requested from as far afield as China, France, Italy, South Africa, Australia and the United States.

Maurice Dionne, member of Parliament for Miramichi, New Brunswick, holds a press conference to announce that he has Alzheimer's disease and will not seek re-election. This public announcement creates a flood of mail and calls to all levels of the Alzheimer Society and helps diminish stereotypes about Alzheimer's disease.


15,000 copies of Alzheimer Disease : A Handbook for Care are shipped across the country in the first six months of distribution.


The Society holds its first annual Research Grants and Awards Competition, with three categories of research awards: Research Grants, Career Scientist Awards and Training Awards (Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Awards). It establishes a peer review process with separate research review panels for biomedical research and caregiving research.


The annual Alzheimer Awareness campaign shifts from November to January, providing an opportunity to significantly expand the campaign by garnering thousands of dollars worth of free air time on radio and television. Magazine and transit shelter ads are used for the first time.

Jim Burns, "the boy from Cape Breton," raises $41,000 for Alzheimer's disease research during his run across Canada.


Radio and television commercials are created for Alzheimer Awareness Week with Jean Béliveau of the Montreal Canadiens as celebrity spokesperson. An awareness brochure, information sheet and quiz are also distributed across Canada.


The Society publishes and distributes more than 12,000 copies of its new 50-page Family Information Handbook on Alzheimer's disease and caregiving.

The Society holds its first Canada-wide Alzheimer Awareness Week in November to raise public awareness of Alzheimer's disease.

Last Updated: 08/25/2018