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History of the Alzheimer Society

Since its founding in 1978, the Alzheimer Society has grown and expanded to serve Canadians from coast to coast. You can learn more about that evolution here and read some of the highlights of the Society's work since its early years.

Alzheimer Society milestones

  • 1977
    The Alzheimer Society is established when researchers at the University of Toronto...
  • 1998
    All provincial Alzheimer organizations now begin using the name Alzheimer Society...
  • 2006
    The Alzheimer Society recognizes the 100th anniversary of the identification of Alzheimer's disease...
  • 2008
    The national and provincial Alzheimer Societies sign a Federation Agreement to promote collaboration across the country...
  • 2012
    Launch of the Federation web portal, a common platform for all Societies to share information across the web...

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Highlights of Our Work

  • 1983
    Radio and television commercials are created for Alzheimer Awareness Week with Jean Béliveau...
  • 1996
    The Society allocates more than $1 million in research funding for the first time...
  • 2005
    The Society launches a two-year Awareness Campaign entitled "The Story is Changing." 
  • 2010
    The Society publishes Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society...
  • 2011
    The Alzheimer’s Disease International conference is hosted in Toronto...
  • 2012
    Release of the World Health Organization’s report, Dementia: A Public Health Priority...

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Last Updated: 04/26/16
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