What is Alzheimer's Awareness Month?
Each January, the Alzheimer Society supports and leads Canada's Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
During this month, we at the Society encourage organizations across Canada, and individuals like you, to learn more about dementia and its stark impact on Canadians.
In particular, we invite everyone to listen to the voices of Canadians unable to avoid the immediate realities of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias – from people living with dementia, to their families, to their caregivers, to their healthcare providers and more.
We also ask you to go one step further, and share what you've learned with people you know, such as your friends, family members and co-workers.
And while Alzheimer's Awareness Month may stop at the end of January, the experiences of people who live with dementia do not. As such, we ask you to take what you've learned during the month and continue to share it throughout the year.
By understanding what people living with dementia experience in their day-to-day-lives – their struggles, their successes and their hopes – together we can raise awareness of dementia throughout Canada.
Please support Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It's an easy start to helping your fellow Canadians who are living with this serious disease.
Five ways you can support Alzheimer's Awareness Month
1. Connect with your local Society
Find out what's going on your local Alzheimer Society, including how your local Society helps in your community and how you can get involved.
2. Learn more about stigma against dementia
Misconceptions are often at the root of stigma. There are ways you can actively reduce and eliminate stigma against people living with dementia.
3. Read the stories of people with lived experience
The best way to understand the impact of stigma is to hear it directly from people living with dementia.
Meet some of the Canadians who have generously shared their stories.
4. Share your story
If you have an experience where you or someone you know has faced stigma as a result of living with dementia, we encourage you to share your story – your voice may be featured in the next Alzheimer's Awareness Month or a similar campaign.
5. Support our other initiatives to raise awareness
- Besides Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society also supports people living with dementia assert their rights and fight stigma through the Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia.
- We work to change the lives of those living with dementia. However, we need to do more to combat systemic oppression. Here is how we are changing on the issue of race and dementia.
- The Alzheimer Society of Canada believes people with dementia should have a voice in the work that impacts them. We want to bring people from all over the country together to be part of the conversation by becoming a member of our Advisory Group of people living with dementia.
- We also support the implementation of Canada's first-ever national dementia strategy that can systemically reduce stigma against dementia in Canada.
- We're committed to taking a person-first approach to the Dementia-Friendly Canada project to ensure all Canadians living with dementia feel valued and empowered, that organizations be inclusive and accessible and that everyone uses their awareness of dementia to make changes, individually and as a society.
Raise awareness no matter where you live in Canada!
Check out what your province is doing to raise awareness!
Alberta and Northwest Territories: The Memories we Share
“This Alzheimer's Awareness Month, step inside the lives of Alicia and her family as they confront this disease head-on and share their story, struggle, and moments of connection.” – The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
British Columbia: Let’s Change the Future
“People living with dementia and their caregivers are facing more social isolation than ever. In an increasingly uncertain world, we're doubling down our efforts to change the future for British Columbians affected by dementia. This Alzheimer's Awareness Month, people across the province are sharing their experiences and hopes for the future.” – The Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Manitoba: “I live with dementia. Let me tell you more.”
“The best way to learn about anyone’s life experience is to hear it in their own words. Over the past three years, we’ve highlighted stories of Manitobans who live with dementia. Some have the disease themselves, and others are family caregivers or friends. We’d like you to know how some of them are doing today.” – The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
New Brunswick: “The sooner you talk about dementia, the more we can help.”
“All too often, people affected by dementia do not know where to turn. There are many barriers that prevent people from accessing information. This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society of NB wants New Brunswickers to know they do not need to face dementia alone.” – The Alzheimer Societies of New Brunswick
Nova Scotia: “The sooner you talk about dementia, the more we can help.”
“This January, we'll be reflecting on changes over the past year and how those changes will shape our ongoing program delivery. We'll be sparking conversations about dementia, to get people more open and comfortable talking about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Because talking about it, leads to education and support.” – The Alzheimer Societies of Nova Scotia
Ontario: Follow Alicia's Story this Alzheimer's Awareness Month
“Watch our 4-part video series to get a first-hand look at the grace, dignity, compassion and support Alicia and her family share with one another.” – The Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Prince Edward Island: #ConnectionsMatter
“Now, more than ever, connections really do matter for people living with dementia and their care partners, as COVID has had a significant impact on how we connect. What’s important is that we physically distance but not socially isolate. No one should have to face this disease alone.” – The Alzheimer Societies of Prince Edward Island
Quebec: Give for Memory
“The Alzheimer Societies of Quebec are proud to partner with Uniprix to make a difference in the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones.” – The Alzheimer Societies of Quebec