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By connecting them to the right education and support, First Link empowers people with dementia and their caregivers to live more successfully in the community.
Support groups
“We need to do a better job of helping families know what help is available.”  -  Dr Samir Sinha
People with dementia who get a doctor’s referral to the Alzheimer Society get help much sooner than if they self-refer.  (Throwing a lifeline: the role of First Link)  Education and support help prevent unnecessary hospitalization of people with dementia.
Education and information
Dementia strikes. Here’s what you can do about it
8,000 Ontarians will develop dementia this year. With First Link, people recently diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers can connect to the Alzheimer Society for care and support. Here’s how First Link works:
How the Alzheimer Society helps
Care and support for people with dementia and their caregivers early in the disease process prepare them for what’s ahead and help them live at home longer.
Seniors with dementia spend twice as long recovering in hospital compared to those without the disease. (Dementia amidst complexity)
Respite care
“I chose to LIVE with Alzheimer’s.” - Susan Parish
The Solution Finding Your Way Living Well in the Community is now partnering with EMS providers, community service organizations and volunteers to help people with dementia live safely in their community.
1 in 7 cases of Alzheimer’s disease could be prevented if everyone who is currently inactive were to become physically active, according to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. (The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Alzheimer’s Disease)
The Issue 3 out of 5 people with dementia go missing. If missing for 24 hours or more, 50% of cases end in serious injury or death.
From 2012 to 2020, the number of Ontarians withdementia will increase by 30%. With donor support, the Alzheimer Society is responding to their unique needswith innovative programs.
The Issue People with dementia are being diagnosed earlier and they want to know how they can live well with dementia.
The Issue People with dementia and caregivers want to remain socially and physically active.
The Solution Taking Control of Our Lives is a learning series that gives people living with dementia the tools to take an active role in managing their condition and learn to live well with the disease.
Taking Control of Our Lives
Finding Your Way
The Issue People living with dementia want to stay safe while remaining active in community life.
The Solution Minds in Motion, a recreation program for people with dementia and caregivers, is being rolled out across Ontario. The benefits are:New friends and a wider social networkMental and physical stimulation, which can slow dementia’s progressionImproved health and well-being
The Solution Finding Your Way, available in 12 languages, teaches caregivers to:Take preventative actionsHave a plan in placeCall 911 if someone goes missing
Minds in Motion
Partnering with family practice groups
Education for caregivers and families
“Dementia will affect the future sustainability of the health-care system.”  - Dr. Frank Molnar
1 in 5 caregivers report feeling distressed or unable to continue providing care. (Dementia amidst complexity)
Education for health-care professionals
Memory clinics assist family practice groups through training to provide high quality care for people with dementia. 
It is estimated that 64% of people living with dementia in the community are undiagnosed and untreated.
Shifting Focus. This short, user-friendly resource helps caregivers and friends address difficult dementia behaviour. It is available on the web, as a printed guide and in video. Pain and Dementia toolkit. Many people with dementia are living with untreated pain, reducing quality of life. The toolkit is available as a brochure and helps family members look for the signs of pain and get help.
BrainXchange connects health-care workers from diverse settings to exchange ideas, explore new dementia resources and access free webinars on dementia issues. It hosts:
In the later stages of the disease, caregivers provide from 7 to 16 hours of care a day. (Dementia amidst complexity) 45% of people with dementia have 3 or more chronic health issues. (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies)
A diagnosis of dementia affects many. The Alzheimer Society provides information and education about the impact of dementia.
Alzheimer Societies across Ontario have helped build dementia advisory groups. From Thunder Bay to Windsor to Ottawa, people with dementia and caregivers are giving feedback on important projects like the dementia strategy for Ontario. 
You CAN do something about dementia. People are taking this message to governments and other decision makers.
Dementia champions are creating change
Ways to donate
To learn more about donating, contact Colleen Bradley ( with questions or to receive a free legacy giving planner.
You CAN do something about dementia by donating to the Alzheimer Society
Reduced risk  of diabetes
Contributing to the Alzheimer Society Research Program, a national program that provides grants to Alzheimer researchers, helps to:
Partner with Ontario Brain Institute and Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Network to coordinate research efforts
Increased neuroplasticity
Brain regeneration
“The history of medical discovery shows a breakthrough can come at any time and place.”  - Dr. Corrine Fischer
“Please put as much of your funds as possible into younger people with Alzheimer's disease.”
Research is the key to unlocking the mysteries ofAlzheimer’s disease. See how our donors are helpingto advance the search for a cause and cure.
Fund the best and  brightest researchers
Improved nerve cells 
Reduce your risk of dementia
“I want more research into preventative strategies as a cure is far off.”
Growth in  stem cells
Research is suggesting that a healthy lifestyle may prevent or delay the onset of dementia. The Alzheimer Society is taking that message to print, video and on the web.
Asking you
Give people with dementia access to cutting edge treatments and clinical trials
Exercise benefits:
We asked you about research and here’s what you told us:
Help find a cure
“We need to make dementia the squeaky wheel to get the funding it deserves.”
Dementia strikes. Here’s what you can do about it
1 in 5 caregivers report feeling distressed or unable to continue providing care. (Dementia amidst complexity)
To learn more about donating, contact Colleen Bradley ( with questions or to receive a free legacy giving planner.
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The Solution People with dementia are being diagnosed earlier and they want to know how they can live well with dementia.
From 2012 to 2020, the number of Ontarians with dementia will increase by 30%. With donor support, the Alzheimer Society is responding to their unique needs with innovative programs. 
Research is the key to unlocking the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease. See how our donors are helping to advance the search for a cause and cure. 
Health-care professional
Take control
Person with dementia
Live well
9 days
20 days
Person without dementia recovery time
Person with dementia recovery time
4000 resources
80 topic-specifc resource pages
200 on-demand events
Circle of Hope – Ontario MembersWe’re grateful to those who have made a lifetime gift or included the Alzheimer Society in their estate planning. Estate of Martti Oskari Ahonen Estate of Doris Eileen Ashton Estate of Rose Mary Bilzer Estate of Laurie Ann Marie Blainey Estate of Leo Howard Coneybeare Estate of Doris Cowper Estate of Dorothy Cronyn Estate of James Wallace Forbes Estate of Helen Marie Foss Estate of May Fulton Estate of Wolfgang Graf Estate of Frederick William Heacock Estate of Marjorie Eleanore Henderson-Wilson Estate of John David Isbister Estate of Catherine Louise Jennings Estate of Bertha Olga Kindrachuk Estate of Jack McAllister Estate of Joan C. McAmmond Estate of Margaret -Alter Ego Trust McQuigg Estate of Alice I. Mogk Estate of Mitchell Momot Estate of Lucille G. Monette Estate of William James Murphy Estate of Lester H. Porter Estate of Doris Pringle Estate of Frances Elizabeth Saunders Estate of Norma Yvonne Sawden Estate of Marguerite Jeanette Schack Estate of Thelma Margaret Schappert Estate of Mossie Mary Smart Estate of Edith Esther Smith Estate of Elizabeth Rhoda Somers Estate of Ruth Linton Stewart Estate of Jessie Lilian Thompson Estate of Gilda Tozman Estate of Elsie Janet White Estate of Doris Blanche Wood Estate of Ida Jean Young Thanks to our donors.Gifts of $1,000 or greater between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Alexander P. Beaton Anne and David Ward Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Bill & Kathryn Troubridge Cathy Conway Chris Dennis David Adolph David Harvey & Marlene Haywood Debra and Bruce Wilson Donald Latham Ellen Judd F. Ross & Susan Johnson Gale Carey Helga Schmidt Ian and Nancy  MacKellar Ian Tod Janice and Joseph Howieson Jay Rosenzweig Jean Spero Joan and Keith Thomas,  in memory of Phyllis E. Thomas John Bayko Kathryn Emmett Kenneth and Helen Rotenberg in memory of my sisters Virginia Joseph and Rose Vasso Laquita Fay Williams Lois Green Marie Anne Paton-Callaghan Mildred Driscoll Nancy Evans Paul Bastedo Paul Faynwachs Paul Methot Paul Stagl Philip Heinrichs Ralph Fenik Rosemary Corbett Samuel & Julia Leung Sherlynn Akitt Stephen Brown Timothy and Brenda Schmidt Thank you to our  Corporate and Foundation Supporters. A & A King Family Foundation Alan & Patricia Koval Foundation Clayton Gyotoku Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Cooper Standard Automotive Canada Limited EMERION Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories Gor-Fay Realty Company Ltd. Hydro One Employee's and Pensioner's Charity Trust Fund KRG Children's Charitable Foundation Lind Family Foundation Manulife Insurance Company Margaret Ann & Donald S. McGiverin Foundation Meridian Credit Union  Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Neil & Shirley Macdougall Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation Ontario Brain Institute Ontario Power Generation Employees' & Pensioners’ Charity Trust Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists Ontario Trillium Foundation RBC Foundation S. & C. Electric Canada Ltd. Service Employees Int'l Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada The Atid Charitable Foundation, Irving and Toddy Granovsky The Catherine & Maxwell Meighen Foundation The KPMG Foundation The Powis Family Foundation The Retired Teachers of Ontario/les enseignantes et enseignants retraités de l’Ontario The Riley Family Foundation The WB Family Foundation We Care Home Health Services Inc
Summarized Statement of Financial Position, Year Ended March 31, 2015 Assests20152014 Current Assets 3,506,658 3,007,783 Capital Assets 63,153 80,392 Long-Term Investments 3,074,722 3,116,084 Total 6,644,533 6,204,259 Liabilities & Net Assests Liabilities 1,665,937 1,759,350 Net Assets 4,978,596 4,444,909 Total 6,644,533 6,204,259 Expenditures ASC Operating Cost Assessment 1,785,409 1,722,041 Fund Development 1,785,409 1,722,041 PPPI 1,026,556 1,065,292 Marketing & Communication 565,783 427,399 Finance & Operations 403,329 323,251 Governance 491,816 403,804 Deferred program revenue expenses 1,598,858 1,230,051 Total 6,248,463 5,686,649 Operating Surplus 3,493,284 3,335,683 Strategic Investment Fund Expenses (58,245) (5,196) Research Contributions (2,018,352) (1,796,191) Net Surplus1,416,6871,534,296 Revenue Sharing - Member Chapters (883,000) (883,000) Excess of Revenue Over Expenses533,687651,296
Summarized Statement of Financial Position, Year Ended March 31, 2015 Assets20152014 Current Assets 3,506,658 3,007,783 Capital Assets 63,153 80,392 Long-Term Investments 3,074,722 3,116,084 Total 6,644,5336,204,259 Liabilities & Net Assets Liabilities 1,665,937 1,759,350 Net Assets 4,978,596 4,444,909 Total 6,644,5336,204,259 Statement of Operations, Year March 31, 2015 Revenue Net Fund Development Revenue 7,751,830 7,317,595 Investment Income 358,060 424,628 Deferred program revenue recognized 1,598,858 1,230,051 Other 32,999 50,058 Total 9,741,7479,022,332 Expenditures ASC Operating Cost Assessment 1,785,409 1,722,041 Fund Development 376,712 514,811 PPPI 1,026,556 1,065,292 Marketing and Communications 565,783 427,399 Finance & Operations 403,329 323,251 Governance 491,816 403,804 Deferred program revenue expenses 1,598,858 1,230,051 Total 6,248,463 5,686,649 Operating Surplus Total 3,493,284 3,335,683 Strategic Investment Fund Expenses (58,245) (5,196) Research Contributions (2,018,352) (1,796,191) Net Surplus1,416,6871,534,296 Revenue Sharing - Member Chapters (883,000) (883,000) Excess of Revenue Over Expenses533,687651,296
Financial Statement
In 2014-2015, we embarked on a bold new vision for the Alzheimer Society with our new three year strategic plan, A Strategic Plan for the Provincial Federation 2014-2017. Although we have completed only one year of the plan, it’s thrilling to see what progress we have made. Our greatest strides this past year were from our advocacy efforts. Early in the year, Ontario was thrown into an unexpected election, but the Alzheimer Society was ready. We mobilized our powerful network of dementia champions across the province to meet with MPP candidates and make sure dementia was on the agenda. As a result, we now have letters from the Minister of Seniors and the Minister of Long Term Care advising their parliamentary assistant to investigate a dementia plan for Ontario. And as the Ontario government prepares to invest in dementia, the Alzheimer Society can help lead the way with innovation and leadership to help improve the lives of people with dementia. Our new program, Minds in Motion, a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care partners, has been launched in 13 Local Societies after its pilot year, and feedback remains outstanding. Finding Your Way™ a program that supports safety and prevents missing incidents expanded to include information in Portuguese, Spanish and Italian, allowing us to reach more Ontarians than ever. Our strong track record in supporting research into the cause and cure as well as quality of life has also been a highlight. We held our first primary care symposium this year. This meeting of so many great researchers, primary care providers and Alzheimer Society experts focused on how to meet the challenge dementia presents to primary care providers. And we continued to promote the importance of research with our second annual research campaign, which reached not only our current donors and stakeholders, but also attracted interest from other sources. During the campaign, which was held during World Alzheimer’s Month in September, our research page accounted for 25% of web visits and 71% of our web visitors were new to the site. None of these great accomplishments would be possible, however, without sustained revenue growth. In December, we launched our first digital marketing pilot collaboration with Canada and six Local Societies. The results were encouraging. Every participating Society benefited from the collaboration. Planned giving also beat its funding goal by over $1 million. The other crucial enabler for our efforts, a robust Local Society network, has also improved.We revamped our weekly internal newsletter to improve communication between ASO and Local Societies as well as encourage Local Societies to share important news and information. And Connexion, the Alzheimer Society intranet, has become an important anchor for Local Society staff to share information and connect with each other. There have also been three mergers of Local Societies, which will allow more money to be devoted to service delivery. Going forward we will look for more ways to streamline our operations to ensure maximum return on donor dollars for the people with dementia we serve.One such initiative will be the creation of a shared service organization within ASO to provide services such as Human Resources Management and Estate Planning and Bequest services in one place to serve the needs of all Local Societies. This will reduce duplication of effort, save money and allow even more funds to be applied directly against our mission. We have begun laying sturdy foundations for the next three years. But the challenge is formidable and the cause so important. Much work remains and we must never become complacent. A very special thank you must also be expressed to Gale Carey, former CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, who retired in June. Gale demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our organization. We know everyone joins us in expressing our deep appreciation for Gale’s success over the past six years and her many achievements at the helm of this organization.
Rosemary Corbett Board Chair Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Chris Dennis CEO Alzheimer Society of Ontario
Board & Staff
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 year: Rosemary Corbett – Chair, Toronto Pamela Waeland – Vice-Chair, London Vic Prendergast - Past-Chair, Brant Thomas Evans – Treasurer, Burlington Keith Gibbons – Secretary, London Allan Greve – Hamilton Don Denver – Kenora Elco Drost - Niagara Falls Paul Hargreaves - Windsor Samuel Leung – Toronto Anthony Milonas – Mississauga Scott Mulligan/Ted Wheatley – Toronto Maureen O’Connell - Barrie Robert Renaud - Windsor Staff Gale Carey, Chief Executive Officer Chris Dennis, Interim Chief Executive Officer (Jan. 15-March 31, 2015) David Harvey, Chief Public Policy & Program Initiatives Officer Meredith Marr, Chief Development Officer Kathryn Richardson, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer Sandra Montague, Chief Financial and Administration Officer (CFAO) Colleen Bradley, Development Officer, Gift and Estate Planning Felicia White, Coordinator, Volunteer Strategy and Program Implementation Phillip Caffery, Research and Policy Analyst Goldwyna Nazareth, Assistant to the CFAO Edna Ramos, Financial Accountant Cathy Conway, Director, Quality Management and Education Rosy Fernandes, Administrative Assistant Audra Rusinas, Communications and Digital Media Coordinator Pascale Guillotte, Director of Marketing Nancy Rushford, Director, Program Development and Implementation Kristy Cutten, Development Coordinator, Foundations and Corporations Lee Ann Stewart, Senior Executive Assistant Kim Stewart, U-First Assistant Ryan MacKellar, Communications Assistant Delia Sinclair, Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator David Webster, Program Manager, Dementia Friendly Communities Kat Fournier, Shared Communications Resource Agnes Szczeszek, HR Coordinator Sue Rawlinson, Interim Director, Planning, Quality and Accountability Kathy Hickman, Education Manager