Alzheimer’s Disease

About Alzheimer's Disease

Excerpt from HealthLink BC:


Alzheimer's disease damages the brain. It causes a steady loss of memory and of how well you can speak, think, and carry on daily activities.

Alzheimer's disease always gets worse over time, but how quickly this happens varies. Some people lose the ability to do daily activities early on. Others may still do fairly well until much later in the disease.

Mild memory loss is common in people older than 60. It may not mean that you have Alzheimer’s disease. But if your memory is getting worse, see your doctor. If it is Alzheimer’s, treatment may help.

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Helpful Organizations and Information Resources

Alzheimer Society

The Alzheimer Society has three levels (national, provincial and local) that work together to form a nationwide network of services to help Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. provides provincewide support services and education programs to people with Alzheimer’s disease, families, physicians, and health care providers. Resources include:

  • Alzheimer Society of B.C.
  • The Dementia Helpline
    A support and information service for anyone with questions about dementia.
    Call Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, toll-free at 1-800-936-6033
    or 604-681-8651 in Greater Vancouver.
  • First Link
    An early intervention service designed to connect individuals newly diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers to information, education programs, support groups, and referrals to other community and health care services.
  • Alzheimer Resource Centres
    Located in communities across the province