Alzheimer's Awareness Month


January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Canada. Learn what that means and how you can get involved.

January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

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.

Awareness is the first step to fighting stigma, reinforcing human rights and pushing for policy change, as well as other actions that can lift up Canadians living with dementia.

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.

Find your Society.

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.

Here are ten ways to get you started.

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.

Learn more about sharing your experience, then write to us at [email protected].

5. Support our other initiatives to raise awareness

Learn more about these initiatives and others like it happening near you.

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

Learn more.

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.

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

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

Learn more.

Change minds

Learn how you can help us raise awareness and fight stigma against dementia in Canada.

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We need to take dementia out of the shadows.

Stigma against dementia

Stigma is one of the biggest barriers for people living with dementia to live fully with dignity and respect. Help us fight stigma by learning more about its effects and taking steps to reduce its impact.

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Take a moment to hear the stories of people living with dementia, caregivers and families. You'll quickly see that it's not an "old person's disease." And it doesn't signal the end of a life. What's true is it happens in stages, but what is always constant is that there are still lives to be lived, dreams to pursue and people to love.

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My hope for the future is more care, compassion, and understanding.