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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.

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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 MedicAlert® 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 partners 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 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.

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, former Scientific Advisor 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.

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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: 08/25/2018