Canadian society is an aging society. During the next 10 years, the number of cases of Alzheimer’s disease is expected to sky rocket. As of 2016, an estimated 564,000 Canadians were living with dementia and by 2031, this figure is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent.*

“Alzheimer’s disease deprives people of some of the best years of their lives, and it deprives grandchildren of their grandparents,” says Dr. Robert Sutherland, neuroscience researcher and director of the Canada Centre of Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN) at the University of Lethbridge. “To me, there is no more important disease to understand and to stop.”

Researchers the CCBN and the U of L Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry have joined forces to shine new light on Alzheimer's disease. They are examining the disease from many different perspectives and are working together to tackle the problem from many different levels.

As part of Brain Awareness Week 2019, you can learn more about the Alzheimer's research and brain health:

Dementia and Your Brain Health
Jay Ingram, science broadcaster and writer and former co-host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet
Saturday, March 16 | 2 p.m.
Grand Ballroom | Sandman Signature Hotel Lethbridge Lodge | 320 Scenic Drive South

This event features guest speaker Jay Ingram, science broadcaster and writer who co-hosted Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet for 16 years. Join him to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and improving overall brain health.

Following the talk, a panel discussion will focus on supporting those impacted by the disease, highlighting research developments, caregiver supports and how we as a community can come together to ensure a brighter future for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Tickets for this talk are $5 each, and are available at, the Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization, Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre and the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and North West Territories.

Proceeds from the event will be directed to the University of Lethbridge Alzheimer’s Disease Catalyst Fund.

Full listing of activities for Brain Awareness Week 2019.

  • Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, a report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)