About the Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Founded in 1983, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario (ASO) is the province's leading care and research charity committed to helping people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by:

1. Providing care, support, information and education for people living with dementia
2. Funding research to find a cure
3. Educating decision-makers about the need for improved health care services and qualified health care workers to support people with dementia
4. Increasing awareness of dementia and its impact on the whole family

With a network of 30 Societies across Ontario, we offer Help for Today through our programs and services for people living with dementia and Hope for Tomorrow® by funding research to find the cause and the cure.

1. Help for Today: Care and support

Staff and volunteers in 30 Alzheimer Societies across Ontario provide support programs, educational resources and referral services to help caregivers and improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Services are free for as long as they are needed. These include:

Memory clinics for early detection

  • Education and information sessions

  • Support groups

  • Private and family counselling

  • Referrals

  • Recreation programs such as exercise, art and music programs

First Link® is an innovative program that connects people who are newly diagnosed with local health professionals across Ontario. Ontarians living with dementia receive information about diagnosis, day-to-day living, positive approaches to care and how to prepare for the end of life. The program also provides individual support and counselling and links people with the disease to other Alzheimer Society programs and services.

Find out more about First Link®

MedicAlert® Safely Home®helps police find people with dementia who are missing. It is a nationwide program developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. For more information or to register, visit

MedicAlert® Safely Home®

2. Hope for Tomorrow...®: Raising funds for world-class research

For 25 years, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario has made research to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease a top priority.  Since we receive no government funding, it is only through the support of private donors that we are able to fund research that is key to understanding, preventing and finding a cure for this devastating illness.

The Alzheimer Society Research Program, a collaborative effort between the Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC), its provincial affiliates, partners and donors provides Research Grants and Training Awards to support the vital work of Canadian investigators in:

  • Biomedical research into the causes and cure for Alzheimer's disease

  • Research into social and psychological aspects of the disease, including caregiving, family support and long-term care.

3. Educating decision-makers:  No one needs to face this disease alone

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias have the potential to overwhelm Ontario's health care system. We campaign for improved health and social services and a workforce qualified to support people with dementia.

4. Awareness: Offering the latest information

We search for and publish the latest information about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, including risk factors, myths, and how you can help delay the onset or slow the progression of the disease.

For more information about any of our programs and services, please visit our website www.alzheimer.ca/on, email [email protected], or call 416-967-5900.

Last Updated: 01/10/2020