Official message from Minister of Health – January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada


Showing its support of Bill C-233 “to establish a national dementia strategy”, the government is “support[ing] research and surveillance through investments in areas like the largest ever study of dementia in Canada led by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and innovation at the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health. These investments will help to improve diagnoses, care and prevention, help us better understand risks, and develop new products and services that can support Canadians with dementia and their caregivers.” It is continuing “to work with key organizations such as the Alzheimer Society of Canada to reduce the stigma of this disease, and to encourage greater awareness and understanding of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia”.


While there are many sources of information and resources on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, below is a sampling of resources at UBC and beyond for further research and exploration:


Full Ministerial Message – Alzheimer Awareness Month 2017


UBC Division of Neurology – Department of Medicine


Neuroscience Research Colloquia in 2017


UBC Experts Guide

An information source that gives journalists access to UBC’s expertise.

Dementia in Canada – A National Strategy for Dementia-friendly communities [PDF file]


Research in BC

Supporting Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias’ research in BC which affects an estimated 70,000 BC individuals living with the disease and their families, learn more about the Alzheimer Society Research Program including various research grants received by UBC and SFU


UBC Library Guide on Neuroscience: Theses & Associations

This guide provides resources for doing research in neuroscience, brain sciences, neurology, and psychiatry.


Empathy and experiences about Alzheimer’s disease:

Conversation and compassion for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month


Still Alice meets Still Gloria


There are many faces of Alzheimer’s disease, Canadian society says in new campaign


Experience 12 Minutes In Alzheimer’s Dementia


Dementia Care: What in the World is a Dementia Village?


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A collaboration between Woodward Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, and Fraser Valley Regional Library, the Health Information Series presents Anthony Kupferschmidt. Hosted by the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Ladner Pioneer Library, Anthony Kupferschmidt will be giving an important presentation on alzheimer and some of the work done by Alzheimer Society of BC. Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well! This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as strategies for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit.

Biography of Speaker

As the Support and Education Coordinator at Alzheimer’s Society of B.C, Anthony Kupferschmidt leads educational sessions for persons with dementia, their family members and friends, and the general public. He also leads support groups for caregivers and persons with dementia, and offers one-on-one support for those in his community touched by dementia. Formally educated and deeply experienced with the functions of the aging brain, Anthony uses that education in his support for those living with dementia as well as their caretakers and on their journey. Anthony received his Masters degree in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was Neuropsychometrist in the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Hospital.

UBC Library Resources

O’Rourke, N., Kupferschmidt, A. L., Claxton, A., Smith, J. Z., Chappell, N., & Beattie, B. L. (2010). Psychological resilience predicts depressive symptoms among spouses of persons with Alzheimer disease over time. Aging and Mental Health14(8), 984-993. [Link]

O’Rourke, N., Naslund, J., Kupferschmidt, A., & Beattie, B. L. (2009). Idealization of marriage as a distress buffer among spouses of Alzheimer patients. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association,5(4), P231-P231. [Link]

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