Dementia Services and Support
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories provides information, education, and support for people living with dementia, families, and care partners throughout the province and territory.
ASANT Café is an online dementia-based community developed by the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories. The community features an education section, a resource section, a discussion board, and access to live meetings and webinars for people living with dementia and their care partners.
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories offers information about First Link® and how to access it. First Link® is an early intervention program that connects people living with dementia and their care partners to the Alzheimer Society for services and support.
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary provides dementia information in the Calgary area.
Dementia Network Calgary is a growing group of knowledgeable, capable, and passionate individuals from across public, private, and non-profit sectors in Calgary and area with an interest in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Support for Care Partners
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories provides information and resources to support care partners and the care of the person living with dementia.
Caregivers Alberta is a non-profit organization that aims to empower caregivers and promote their well-being. They partner with non-profits, governments, and businesses to share knowledge, programs, and materials to build capacity to support caregivers.
Work & Care is a Caregivers Alberta program that creates awareness of the needs and challenges facing caregiving employees and provides employers with resources to support caregivers in their workforce.
Young Onset Dementia
Available through the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories’ online dementia-based community, ASANT Café, the Young Onset Dementia Resource Guide provides information to individuals or families facing a young onset dementia-diagnosis, which is a diagnosis when an individual is in their 40s, 50s, or 60s.
YouQuest fills the gap in services by building community connections for people with young-onset dementia to enjoy an active lifestyle by providing access to recreation therapy, counselling, and peer support resources.
The Young Dementia Network - UK is a movement of people committed to improving the lives of those affected by young onset dementia. While the resource was developed in the United Kingdom (UK), the information is generally recognized as beneficial and helpful for Albertans as well.
Available through the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories’ online dementia-based community, ASANT Café, the Brain Health Education Program is an online program for anyone seeking to maintain brain health and understand the relationship between brain health and dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada offers evidence-based brain health tips and strategies to help lead a healthy, balanced lifestyle that protects your brain and reduces your risk of dementia.
The brainXchange is a network of people dedicated to improving quality of life and supports for persons with or at risk of having brain-health needs related to dementia, mental health, and neurological conditions. The brainxchange website offers numerous resources and events on brain-related topics.
Workplace Legislation and Standards
The Alberta Human Rights Commission is an independent Commission, established by the Government of Alberta, to foster equality and reduce discrimination. It fulfills this mandate through public education and community initiatives, through the resolution and settlement of complaints of discrimination, and through human rights tribunal and court hearings. Its shares helpful resources about human rights in the workplace, including resources specific to employers and employees.
The Alberta Human Rights Act is the Government of Alberta’s legal commitment to prohibit discrimination in the area of employment. The Act prohibits discrimination based on the protected grounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income, and sexual orientation. A dementia diagnosis can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health and, as a result, discrimination is prohibited on the related grounds of disability.
The Government of Alberta has established employment standards, with rules, regulations, and compliance measures for employers and employees in Alberta workplaces. Its employment standards rules include job-protected leaves, including for illness and to provide care to gravely-ill individuals.
Research and Technology
The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest supports and shares information about dementia research in the province and nationally, including opportunities to participate in clinicals trials and studies.
Cog@Work is a research program funded by AGE-WELL NCE that is exploring if and how employers are preparing to optimize the productivity of an aging workforce, and in particular for workers diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early-onset dementia. Employers with workers diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or early-onset dementia are encouraged to participate in Cog@Work Research Opportunities.
Available through the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories’ online dementia-based community, ASANT Café, The Experience of Living with Dementia is a set of videos that share how dementia can impact daily activities, including grocery shopping, going to a restaurant, and doing banking.
Dementia-Friendly Alberta provides information and a toolkit to help interested Albertans create dementia-friendly communities in your area. Dementia-friendly communities provide community-based support and services through local action for those living with or affected by dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of BC has created workplace guides for the professional sector. The Society worked with expert committees to develop resources tailored for specific professional audiences including legal, housing, finance, and recreation.