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Learn more about using this website, including terms and conditions, terminology and the recommended way to view this site.

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Overview and definitions

Alzheimer Society of Canada owns, operates and manages this website in a representative capacity on behalf of itself and certain other partners of the Alzheimer Society Federation.

  • The term "Federation" refers to the unincorporated association of Canadian charitable organizations that supports people living with dementia, families and caregivers in Canada.
  • The term "Alzheimer Society" is a registered trademark 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 term "website" means the World Wide Web Internet site owned and maintained by Alzheimer Society of Canada, including all text, images, information and graphics of every kind found on it.
  • The term "content" refers to the text, graphics, images, information and other material contained on the website.

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 partners of the Federation may in their own capacities also be entitled and obligated to enforce legal rights or obligations which pertain specifically to them.

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you find the website helpful and convenient to use.

Terms and conditions of using this site

Except as expressly provided in a particular "legal notice" on the website, these terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between you and the Alzheimer Society of Canada with respect to the use of the website content.

About the information on this website

The site provides information, not medical advice; the contents of the website are for information purposes only:

  • The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment (and the website does not render medical, nursing, or professional healthcare advice in any jurisdiction).
  • Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or medical treatment.
  • Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the website.
  • If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor, 911 or another emergency service number immediately.

The site does not provide recommendations or endorsements:

  • The Alzheimer Society does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on the website.
  • Reliance on any information provided by Alzheimer Society of Canada or its officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives, or by other Federation members, others appearing on the website at the invitation of Alzheimer Society of Canada, or other visitors to the website, is solely at your own risk.
  • See our Liability section for more information.

The information on this site is intended to be informed and evidence-based:

  • 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 physicians, healthcare providers and researchers who have expertise and experience with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Much of the care information has been developed with input from caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across Canada.
  • We provide information on medications to treat Alzheimer's that are 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.
  • The medical information presented in this site has been reviewed and approved by the Research & KTE team at the Alzheimer Society of Canada. 

Advertising policy

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

  • The Alzheimer Society of Canada does not endorse the content on any third-party websites.
  • The Alzheimer Society of Canada is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, sites framed within the website or third-party advertisements, and does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy.
  • Your use of third-party websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites.

Copyright, permissions and sharing content policy

This website content is copyrighted by the Alzheimer Society of Canada unless otherwise credited to the creator of the work. They are protected by copyright under Canadian, American and foreign laws:

  • If you would like to reproduce any material on this site for any purpose other than personal use, please contact webmaster@alzheimer.ca 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. Please refer to our Linking policy for more information.

Using our content

The Alzheimer Society of Canada authorizes you to view or download a single copy of the material on the website solely for your personal, non-commercial use if you include the following copyright notice: "Copyright 2022, Alzheimer Society of Canada. All rights reserved." as well as the copyright and proprietary rights notices of other parties that were contained in the content.

Title to the content remains with Alzheimer Society of Canada. Any use of the content not expressly permitted by these Terms and Conditions is a breach of these Terms and Conditions and may violate copyright, trademark and other laws. Content and features are subject to change or termination without notice in the editorial discretion of Alzheimer Society of Canada. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to Alzheimer Society of Canada.

If you violate any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use the Content automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of any portion of the Content.

User submissions

You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type that infringe or violate any rights of any person or entity. By submitting communications or content to any part of this website, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

If you make any such submission, you automatically grant – or warrant that the owner of such content has expressly granted – to Alzheimer Society of Canada a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform and display the communication or content in any media or medium, or any form, format or forum now known or hereafter developed.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada may sublicense its rights through multiple tiers of sublicensees.


The use of the website and its content is at your own risk.

When using the website, information will be transmitted over a medium that is beyond the control and jurisdiction of Alzheimer Society of Canada and its suppliers. Accordingly, Alzheimer Society of Canada assumes no liability for or relating to the delay, failure, interruption, or corruption of any data or other information transmitted in connection with use of the website.


Specifically, the Alzheimer Society of Canada makes no representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the content provided on or through the use of the website, nor about the compliance or non-compliance of such material with any government's regulations requiring disclosure of information on prescription drug products.

In no event shall Alzheimer Society of Canada or any third parties mentioned on the website be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, incidental and consequential damages for personal injury/wrongful death, lost profits or damages resulting from lost data or business interruption) resulting from the use or inability to use the website or the content whether based on warranty, contract, tort or any other legal theory, and whether or not Alzheimer Society of Canada or any other Federation member is advised of the possibility of such damages. Alzheimer Society of Canada is not liable for any personal injury, including death, caused by your use or misuse of the website.

Application of content outside of Canada

Alzheimer Society of Canada is incorporated under the laws of Canada and operates solely within Canada. Alzheimer makes no claims that the content is appropriate for any jurisdiction outside of Canada or the United States. Access to and downloading of the content or any part thereof may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the website from outside Canada or the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.


You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Alzheimer Society of Canada, its affiliates and associates (including without limitation all Federation members) and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your violation of these Terms and Conditions.


By using the website, you expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with Alzheimer Society of Canada or any of its affiliates and associates (including without limitation any Federation members, including with limitation their respective employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, telecommunication providers and content providers), arising from or in any way relating to your use of the website, resides in the courts of the province of Ontario, Canada. You further agree that any such dispute shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

These terms and conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable in Ontario, without respect to conflict of laws principles. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

Linking policy

This website contains links to websites operated by parties other than partners 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 following description: "The Alzheimer Society is the leading nationwide health charity supporting people living with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their caregivers and their families."
  • 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 MedicAlert® Safely Home®, when creating the link.

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

Privacy policy

Please see our Privacy policy page for more information regarding how we manage and protect your personal information.


Use of the term “dementia”

The Alzheimer Society’s mission is to support those who are living 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 other dementias” to indicate all irreversible forms of dementia.

Use of the terms “caregiver” and "care partner"

At times, the site may use the terms "caregiver" and "care partner" interchangeably. The usage of each depends on the preference of each Society within the Federation. However, their definition is the same: A person who is caring for someone living with dementia, assisting the person in daily activities and ensuring the person's quality of life. Generally on this website, these terms refer to those in an informal (i.e., unpaid) role.

Use of the term "healthcare provider"

The term "healthcare provider", when used on this site, can refer to any of the following occupations: Family physicians, geriatric specialists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacists and social service workers, amongst others, who work in family practice, healthcare facilities (including hospitals and long-term care homes) and community agency settings.

View our person-centred language guidelines for more insight on how we use language and specific terminology at the Alzheimer Society to better reflect the people we support.

Viewing this site

This site aims to be accessible to all. We do make an effort to ensure that our site is accessible for users with older browsers, but the site may not look as it is intended. If you are having trouble or have any questions, please contact webmaster@alzheimer.ca.

The current version of Adobe Reader PDF viewer is not fully compatible with Internet Explorer 9. If you experience problems opening a PDF file, try saving the file and opening it from your computer, or try using a different web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari. In most cases, this should resolve the problem. Please see the Adobe website for more information.


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