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World Alzheimer’s Month 2014: New report outlines ways to reduce risk

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This September marks the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to look at dementia from a global perspective while raising awareness and challenging stigma. This year’s theme, Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?, focuses on ways we can help to reduce our risk of developing dementia.

This week, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) released its World Alzheimer Report 2014, “Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors.” ADI has systematically reviewed all the current research related to dementia risk factors in four key domains: developmental, psychological and psycho social, lifestyle and cardiovascular risk factors.

Through their review of the research, ADI has found persuasive evidence that the risk for dementia can be modified through reduction in tobacco use and better control and detection of hypertension and diabetes, as well as cardiovascular risk factors.

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Alzheimer Society of Canada collaborates with government to take global action against dementia

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On September 11 and 12, 200 international experts from research and industry sectors, health charities, government leaders, and people living with dementia and their caregivers, met in Ottawa for the Canada-France G7 Legacy Event, the second of four events resulting from the successful G8 Dementia Summit held last December in London, England.

The event, “Harnessing the power of discoveries: Maximizing academia-industry synergies ,” focused on finding the best ways for academia and industry to work more closely together to find practical and creative solutions to better support those living with dementia and their families.

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Numbers game: What our frailty score might say about dementia risk

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Could mathematical models tracking our aging bodies’ creaks, cracks and breakdowns shed light on our Alzheimer’s risk? That’s what Joshua Armstrong is trying to find out.

With a post-doctoral grant from the Alzheimer Society Research Program, Armstrong is crunching numbers and building a “frailty index” — a characterization of health status based on the “accumulation of health deficits” — so researchers can better understand the relationship between how well our bodies hold up in later life and the impact on our brain power.
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   Health Partners

HealthPartners is a unique collaboration of 16 of Canada’s best known national health charities and the Alzheimer Society of Canada is proud to be a part of it!

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CoffeeBreak

Coffee Break launches today! 
Contact your local society to find an event near you. It’s a fun, easy and social way to support people living with dementia in your community.

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People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have problems with memory, language, thinking or judgement that are greater than the cognitive changes associated with normal aging.

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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

Alberta is gearing up again for its fifth annual ‘Face Off for Alzheimer’s’ hockey tournament. Last year, 23 teams with over 300 players raise over $1 million dollars for the Society. 18 teams are already registered, sign up today to play hockey with some of NHL’s greatest alumni!

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British Columbia

On September 28, the Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind event sees teams hike the Grouse Grind in B.C. to fundraise for dementia education services and research, while supporting the 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team, who are joined by a scarf this year.

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Manitoba

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is delighted to offer the Minds in Motion® program in two Winnipeg locations starting mid-October. This pilot program combines physical and mentally stimulating activities for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners.

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New Brunswick

This holiday season, give the gift of a cherished memory! Purchase a ‘Cherished Memory’ ornament for a loved one, a friend, a co-worker or neighbor, and fill in a cherished memory you have shared with them. This year, give a gift that matters – To place your order please contact the Resource Center nearest you or call 1-800-664-8411.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Over 540 businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador will be making their coffee count on September 18, 2014! We hope you have lots of fun hosting your coffee break and raising awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the province. For more information on how you can participate contact our office today at 709-576-0608.

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Nova Scotia

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is proud to offer innovative group programming for individuals with early stage dementia. Watch this video about our partnership with Capital Health to deliver the Shaping the Journey program.

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Ontario

Because research is the key to unlocking the mysteries of dementia, during September, World Alzheimer's Month, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is celebrating researchers making a difference in the lives of people living with the disease. Find out who they are.

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Prince Edward Island

This year for World Alzheimer’s Month, the Alzheimer Society of PEI is using Art as a new medium to share the message. Over three consecutive weekends in September and into October, the play Fading Away will be performed across three locations.

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Quebec

The annual report 2013-2014 of the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies is now available. Read more about last year's events and achievements.

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Saskatchewan

The Brandt Group of Companies and supporters raised more than $1 million in support of the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan at the Night to Remember event. 

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Last Updated: 10/14/15
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