Team up with NHL Alumni in the fight against Alzheimer's disease November 13–15, 2015
The Cause

Currently 70,000 British Columbians are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

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Age is the greatest known risk factor for dementia – the risk doubling every five years after the age of 65. We know that there is a rising tide of dementia with our aging population. There is hope if we act now. More research is needed to find the causes and cures for dementia and in the meantime, we need to ensure that families on the dementia journey have access to support.

Alzheimer Society of British Columbia

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is the only province-wide organization providing support, information and education to families impacted by dementia through a network of 19 Resource Centres across the province and online resources. The need for support is growing and the time for a cure is now.

By participating in the Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s tournament with NHL Alumni and supporting the Alzheimer Society of B.C., you help ensure that families on the dementia journey are not alone.

  • Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, degenerative disease that destroys brain cells.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada.
  • Someone in Canada develops a form of dementia every five minutes.
  • The causes and cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are not known.

Brain Health

Research shows that repeated and/or severe brain injuries increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. That’s why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. reminds anyone participating in sports, such as hockey, football, and snowboarding to wear a proper fitting helmet.

It is important to note that not all people with head injuries will develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Similarly, many people with no head injuries will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Further research is the key to improve our understanding of factors that contribute to the onset and/or delay of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The Alzheimer Society is proud to contribute to the Alzheimer Society Research Program, which supports quality of life and biomedical research projects such as the effects of brain injury on cognition.

Scotiabank Hockey for Alzheimer’s is a non-contact tournament and the use of helmets is strictly enforced. Learn more about healthy lifestyle, brain health and other ways to reduce the risk.