Founded 35 years ago, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba exists so that all Manitobans affected by dementia receive the help they need today and have hope for the future.
As a province-wide organization, the Society seeks to achieve its mission through community awareness; individual, family and professional education; support programs and research funding.
At the Alzheimer Society we have a dream of what the future will look like for people with dementia and their families. We would like to share it with you.
- People will recognize the warning signs of dementia and not fear a diagnosis of dementia because effective treatments have been found.
- People with dementia will be enabled to participate to their greatest ability in all decisions that affect their lives.
- Society will support the needs of people with dementia by providing for their safe inclusion in all aspects of community life.
- The health care system will be person centred, focusing on achieving quality of life for the person with dementia and the family and friends who support them.
- Family and friends who support people with dementia will be included as part of the care team and will be valued for the exceptional contribution that they make.
- The needs of caregivers will be taken into account, considering their health and well being when providing service to a person with dementia.
- Researchers will unlock the mysteries of cause and cure, giving back to people the opportunity for a long and healthful life.
- Manitobans will understand the importance of and take steps to protect their brain health.
The principles that uphold the work we do are based on a person-centre care model. These principles include:
- Acceptance – to be supported by people who understand that behaviour is often a form of communication that may express an unmet need and to have these needs considered in planning.
- Collaboration – to ensure the person, their family and professionals are seen as equal partners in support planning.
- Dignity – to live without fear of shame or ridicule brought on by another’s words or actions.
- Inclusion – to be included to a maximum degree possible in reaching decisions that will affect one’s life.
- Moral responsibility – to see the preservation of quality of life as a right of all people, including people with dementia.
- Person-centred language – to recognize the impact that language has and to ensure it is used to focus on the person’s capacities, to describe and validate their experiences, and to support the above mentioned principles.
- Recognition – to be recognized as an individual, with life experiences, a unique personality, values and beliefs; and to have these incorporated in planning support.
- Respect – to be treated as a valued human being, with warmth and authenticity, being listened to without judgment, and ensuring an opportunity for self-determination and self-expression.
- Relationships – to have important relationships honoured and preserved; and to have support in developing other positive relations that will contribute to basic equality of life.
- Safety – to encourage the person, their family and friends and professionals who support them to balance the person’s right to autonomy and self-determination with safety, a sheltering environment and nurturing interactions.
Audited Financial Statements
Click here for a link to Canada Revenue Agency’s registered charity information return (T3010 Return) for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
Programs and Services
The Alzheimer Society can help you by providing information, resources, education, support and counseling.
Visit our Programs and Services page to find out more about the programs and services available to help you through your dementia journey.
Our reality is, that without significant change here in Manitoba, the number of people with dementia will double within one generation. The cost to our economy will increase to 1.25 billion dollars. By 2038 our families and friends will contribute 22 million hours a year to care for people with dementia.
We need Manitobans to join their voices and speak out to their friends and neighbours, to their local community leaders and to government about the need for change that can make our dream a reality. With each voice heard, the message grows stronger. By working together, we can continue to become a powerful engine for change, creating a better future for people affected by dementia. Now is the time to prepare for the rising tide.
Visit our Advocacy website to find out more about how you can help.
Around the world, the scientific community is devoting substantial effort and funding to dementia research. Researchers are looking for ways to prevent the disease, to improve quality of life for people living with the disease and to ultimately finding a cure to eradicate the disease.
Visit our Research page to find out more on current research.
- Donald Dybka – Chair
- Carol Paradine – Past President
- Brenda Martinussen - Vice President
- Dan Sitar – Secretary/Treasurer
- Jason Alsip
- Barry Campbell
- Loreley Fehr
- Dean Giles
- Rob Kennedy
- Glenda Stevens
- Stan Casar
- Jessica Phillips-Hunt
Concerns / Complaints
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba (ASM) views your concerns as an opportunity to consider the organization’s activities and make changes that could improve ASM’s programs, services and operations, thereby helping to fulfill its mission. Click here to read our complaints policy.