Member Spotlights

Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories

Roughly 564,000 Canadians live with dementia, one of many diseases that cause dementia is Alzheimer’s. An irreversible illness that is not a normal part of aging, destroys brain cells causing the ability to think and one’s memory to deteriorate. The mission of the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories (ASABNT) is to bring awareness of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to the public; help alleviate the personal and social consequences of the disease; provide education and support programs; and promote and fund research into the cause, prevention and cure.

With an office in Grande Prairie and others in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Yellowknife, ASABNT’s programs and services complement the existing healthcare system by addressing the support and educational needs of families and care partners on an ongoing basis. Programs and Services offered by the agency are:
    • First Link, a Direct Referral Link with diagnosing physicians and health care professionals for individuals and families to connect into community resources, learning and support.
    • Care Partner Support Groups for ongoing encouragement and exchange of knowledge or tips for successful daily living.
    • A Resource Library in the office and online, overflowing with helpful topics.
    • The ASANT Cafe is available at their Care Partner meeting room and online with a virtual community for education and support.
    • Public Forums and Live meetings; education sessions designed for large audiences.
    • Presentations are given to Health Care Professionals and Community Partners to raise awareness and understanding of dementia of all kinds.
    • MedicAlert Safely Home is a 24/7 emergency hot-line provided on behalf of those who are at risk of wandering into harm and danger. The person living with dementia wears a safety bracelet with critical information engraved on it so they can be quickly identified and protected.

With these programs and Services ASABNT’s regional offices provide care and support on an individual and family basis for those living with the disease. People need to know they're not alone in the journey so during First link and Support groups they feel encouraged, strengthened and more equipped to provide care for their person living with dementia. The on-line links and resources keep them learning about their person's specific form of dementia and the care needed throughout the stages, including support services available in the community. 

When asked how volunteers help their organization, ASABNT Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy said “Without volunteers, our programs, services and days like The Walk for Alzheimer's couldn't be the success they are. The vast areas in Canada served need many volunteers passing on information, hosting Coffee Breaks, facilitating Support Groups, being Ambassadors, and Fundraising to keep Research, Services, Education and Supports going forward on behalf of all Persons Living with Dementia.” To become a volunteer with ASABNT phone or visit an Alzheimer Society office expressing the desire to help, potential volunteers fill out a short form and may require a Criminal Check for Vulnerable Persons depending on the area of interest.

To contact the Grande Prairie office call 780-882-8770 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The GPVSB would like to thank the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & Northwest Territories and their Program Coordinator Teresa Pardy for being part of our Member Spotlight. For more information about this organization visit https://www.alzheimer.ab.ca and follow them on:

For online community and forums visit https://www.asantcafe.ca and/or https://discussions.dementiatalk.org/.

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