Founded almost 30 years ago, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba exists to alleviate the individual, family and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders while supporting the search for a cure.
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 Alzheimer Society can help you by providing information, resources, education, support and counseling.
Visit our 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.
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba works hard to support research directed at both eradicating dementia and bettering the lives of those affected. In 2010-2011, the Alzheimer Society funded two research grants through the National Research Program and one Graduate Student Fellowship through the Centre on Ageing at the University of Manitoba.
The intensity and quality of dementia research is astounding and is currently taking place here in Manitoba and across the world. It is important to support as many valid research proposals as possible; each research initiative is a potential breakthrough that gets us closer to discovering a cure.
Visit our Research page to find out more on current research.
Julie James - President
Pearl Soltys – Past President
Carol Paradine – Vice President Secretary/Treasurer
Dr Howard Zacharias