Alzheimer Society of Montreal

Alzheimer Society of Montreal

February 16, 2015 12:53 ET

New in Montreal: The Alzheimer Society of Montreal Inaugurates Multidisciplinary Service Center

MONTREAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 16, 2015) - With the Health and Social Services Minister Mister Gaétan Barrette and numerous dignitaries in attendance, the new Alzheimer service center, located in southwest Montreal, held its official opening ceremony today. Thanks to the generous support of donors and partners, the Alzheimer Society has been able to purchase the building to finally bring all its services under one roof.

"After 33 years of operation, the Alzheimer Society of Montreal has reached a new level of maturity and is ready to expand its knowledge, resources and boundaries, said Executive Director Gérald Hubert. Entering this exciting new phase in our development will ensure that we maintain our position as the leading organization in Montreal for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias."

Alzheimer Service Centre

In addition to providing its current programs and services, these new premises will allow the Alzheimer Society of Montreal to develop and improve the delivery of services through a more efficient layout. It will also provide a friendlier environment for users and their families to obtain information, counselling, and support, while allowing the Society to expand its educational programs and promote research. By advocating a person-centered care approach, the Society will be in a stronger position to address the changing needs of all its users - from the early stages of the disease to end of life and even after. Moreover, it will continue to respect the cultural diversity of the communities in which the services are delivered.

Covering 1,115 m2 (12,000 sq.ft) over three floors, the new Alzheimer service center will bring together under one roof care a training centre - for healthcare workers and professionals, students, and volunteers - an information center, a comprehensive range of support services, all the administrative staff and, in a second phase, a permanent respite and activity centre. The new centre could also encourage and promote research sector partnerships and become a model for healthcare providers and care facilities that look after people living with dementia and their loved ones.

Over and above the services offered in the new center, the Society coordinates complementary activities that enable it to extend its programs throughout the island of Montreal, bringing greater access, stability, and support to caregivers and their loved ones.

"I welcome this initiative of the Alzheimer Society of Montreal, which aims to promote a service centered on the individual. The consolidation of the Company's services under one roof pursues an objective similar to the one that the government is pursuing with the reorganization of the health and social services network. That objective is to improve the accessibility, quality and fluidity of care and services provided to the population, said Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette."

The Face of Alzheimer's in Montreal

It is estimated that one in four Canadians will experience Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia at some point in their life. In Montreal, that's more than 33,000 people, the majority of them women, and that number is expected to double within the next 20 years. The risk of developing the disease doubles every 5 years after age 65, so while advancing age is the primary risk factor, other factors include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and tobacco addiction.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia is life-changing for both the diagnosed persons and those close to them.

"Because of limited resources, the Society cannot provide direct support to every Montrealer diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, explained Mr. Hubert. However, we can equip their families and health-care providers with the necessary tools and resources to help them gain a better understanding of the care recipient's situation and needs. This is why our new care training center will become the hub for all our educational activities."

Growing Demand

One of the Society's goals is to provide a safe and friendly environment in which to offer therapeutic activities that cater to the needs of people with Alzheimer's disease. These activities not only help them maintain their functional independence for as long as possible, but also give primary caregivers a few hours to themselves on a regular basis.

More such activities are needed to satisfy the growing demand of users, especially for respite care services on evenings and weekends, and the Society hopes to obtain funding to transform into a permanent respite and activity centre the basement of the new building for that purpose.

"Research is vital to increasing the functional years of people living with Alzheimer's disease. For its part, the Society hopes to enhance the quality of those years, said Mr. Hubert."

About the Alzheimer Society of Montreal

Founded in 1981, the Alzheimer Society of Montreal is a not-for-profit organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to Montrealers with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, to their families, as well as to health-care professionals and volunteers. A beacon of hope for the future, it funds research into the causes, cures and prevention of these diseases. To learn more, go to www.alzheimer.ca/montreal.

For information on how to participate in a program, please contact a counsellor at 514 369-0800 or info@alzheimermontreal.ca.

The new address for the Alzheimer Society of Montreal is 4505 Notre-Dame Street West in Montreal (west of Saint-Henri subway station).

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