Current numbers suggest that over 40,000 people in Alberta suffer from some form of Dementia and the numbers will continue to grow. Given these alarming statistics, Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S will be well positioned to support this ever increasing population. This initiative will be focused on Calgary and surrounding area.
Alzheimer Society Calgary and Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Launch Partnership
Collaboration to address critical needs of Calgary and area families
CALGARY. December 11, 2017: Today the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Education Society announced a multi-year, $825,000 partnership that will increase knowledge and capacity in the community to support local people impacted by dementia.
The collaboration will see Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. investing in Alzheimer Society of Calgary core programs at a time when the need is growing, to broaden the reach of professional and community education and build greater awareness around the disease. The partnership will also support Dementia Network Calgary initiatives in 2018, to bring the community together to tackle larger social and systemic issues for people impacted by dementia.
“Our namesake, hockey legend Gordie Howe, said we all have a role to play to reduce the impact of dementia, that we all have to ‘take a shift’,” says Allan Klassen, Board Chair of Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S..
“As our organization works towards its long-term vision of building a Center of Excellence for Dementia Care in Calgary, we’re excited to team up with the Alzheimer Society of Calgary to provide resources for the community over the next three years that have tangible, immediate impact.”
The collaboration came about through a shared goal of improving the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers. It will see the creation of online dementia education tools, expanded professional dementia training for audiences such as first responders, recreation facilities and social workers, and evidence-based creative programming to benefit people with dementia.
“The need around dementia is rising faster than any one organization can address. This partnership means that the critical needs of local people will be better supported at such a crucial point in time.” says Barb Ferguson, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society of Calgary.
Every day, approximately eight more Calgarians are diagnosed with some form of dementia. Dementia prevalence rates are expected to double within the next two decades.
To learn more about Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. or to register for the annual Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S Pro-Am tournament (April 6-8, 2018), visit www.gordiehowecares.com
To learn more about the Alzheimer Society of Calgary and how you can support local people impacted by dementia, visit www.alzheimercalgary.ca.
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The Alzheimer Society of Calgary is a local, non-profit organization serving Calgary and area families impacted by dementia. It is also the backbone organization for Dementia Network Calgary. For more information about Alzheimer Society of Calgary, please visit www.alzheimercalgary.ca
Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S is a non-profit organization seeking to ‘care’ by ensuring dignity, support, and education for caregivers and others impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Each year, Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S.
hosts several major fundraising events, including the Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S. Pro-Am tournament (April 6-8, 2018). For more information about Gordie Howe C.A.R.E.S, please visit www.gordiehowecares.com
Allyson Kenny – Coordinator, Communication & Engagement
Alzheimer Society of Calgary
p: 403. 301. 2934. e: firstname.lastname@example.org