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Quarterly newsletter - March 2014

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Are you taking care of your brain?
March is National Brain Awareness Month

Have you been neglecting your New Year’s resolutions like getting to the gym?

You now have one more reason to renew that resolution: March is National Brain Awareness month and a healthy body means a healthy brain too!

Here are a few simple things you can do this month to reduce your risk.
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Speaking two or more languages may protect against dementia, but bilingualism makes it harder to detect the disease

Vanessa Taler

When words fail, Dr. Vanessa Taler is on the case. The University of Ottawa psychology professor has been investigating the link between memory impairment and language decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Language is my thing,” says the Bruyère Research Institute scientist. “My mom is Salvadoran. My grandmother is Russian. I learned French in Canada, Spanish in El Salvador, but grew up in New Zealand. I just always thought bilingualism was really cool.”

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Person-centred care helps make long-term care homes a better place to live: A look at our Culture Change Initiative

While most Canadians with dementia prefer to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, the reality is that 57 per cent of seniors living in a residential care home have a diagnosis of dementia, and 70 per cent of all individuals diagnosed with dementia will die in a long-term care home.

For people living with dementia and their caregivers, this reality means making good decisions about long-term care all the more important.  ... Read More

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New research claims blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease spacer Research Accountability Report 2012-2013
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A new blood test has been developed by scientists at Georgetown University in Washington DC. They claim the test can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease with 90 per cent accuracy three years in advance of symptoms appearing.

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The Alzheimer Society Research Program Accountability Report 2012 –2013 is now available!

Find out how we support Alzheimer's disease and dementia research in Canada.

Thanks to our donors to the Research Program and the researchers who are profiled in the report.

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We partner with Alzheimer Societies in every province. Here are some highlights of their work and how to connect with them.

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Alberta and Northwest Territories

The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories will present to the Alberta Senior Citizens Housing Association Convention on March 28th about person-centred care. Care homes are urged to practice person-centred care but it remains a kind of misunderstood magic. This presentation will challenge participants to think about their roles in changing the culture of care. PC P.E.A.R.L.S.TM will provide “how-to” strategies for culture change.

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British Columbia

In February and March, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosted its inaugural A Breakfast to Remember in Victoria and its third annual Breakfast in Vancouver. Business leaders gathered to network and support people impacted by dementia in B.C.

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Manitoba

Exciting things are happening in Manitoba! For more information, visit www.alzheimer.mb.ca or get social with us on Facebook facebook.com/AlzheimerSocietyManitoba or Twitter @AlzheimerMB. Sign up for our Monthly eNews today.

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New Brunswick

The 11th annual Walk for Memories will be held on Sunday, May 25th 2014 Edmundston – Fredericton – Miramichi – Moncton – Saint John – St. Andrews. Register yourself, a team or donate at walkformemoriesatlantic.ca/nb. Grand Prize: the “Gift of Flight” two round trip tickets courtesy of Westjet!

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Newfoundland and Labrador

The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador is celebrating its 25th annual Walk for Memories on Sunday, May 25! Sign up to host or participate in a walk in your area today at www.walkformemoriesatlantic.ca.

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Nova Scotia

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is thrilled with the announcement of the development of Nova Scotia’s first Dementia Strategy!

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Ontario

Give your mind and body a boost! The Alzheimer Society of Ontario, with six local Societies, is launching Minds in Motion, a program combining physical activity and mental and social stimulation for people with dementia and their care partners.

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Prince Edward Island

A Year to Remember - a year- long celebration to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Alzheimer Society of PEI, April 25, 2014 to April 25, 2015.

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Quebec

The Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies and the 20 Alzheimer Societies of Quebec invite you to the 8th edition of the Walk for Memories, on Sunday May 25th, 2014. To learn more about the Walk for Memories join us at www.qcwalkformemories.ca.

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Saskatchewan

Discover how a regular evening of work for Saskatchewan photographer Jeff Hamon changed into a moment he will never forget. Out of this moment, Jeff found a way to memorialize a woman with Alzheimer's. Read about 'Always By Her Side’.

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Last Updated: 10/14/15
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