Our History

OUR STORY

Over the Years

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1978

The Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex (ASLM);starts out as a volunteer organization.

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1979

The first formal meeting is held at the London Public Library. A Steering Committee is formed.

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1982

ASLM is incorporated as a non-profit organization. ASLM forms the first family support group for families of newly diagnosed Alzheimer patients at Parkwood Hospital.

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1983

ASLM facilitates the symposium, Alzheimer Disease – A Special Case

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1984

Two support groups now offered on an eight-week basis. A workshop for volunteers caring for individuals with ADRD is also implemented.

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1993

First ever Cabin Fever Reliever Dinner and Auction fundraiser is launched.

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1995

The Alzheimer Information Series (AIS) is introduced and is in high-demand, with sessions offered four times per year.

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1999

ASLM now has six staff, an Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, Bookkeeper, Program Coordinator, Development Assistant and Special Events Coordinator.

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2000

Over 5,000 people in London and Middlesex have been diagnosed with ADRD. To meet the growing need, ASLM moves to a new location on Southdale Road. Also, ASLM hires their first Social Worker part-time and Education Coordinator.

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2002

ASLM completes the Memory Wall containing 362 bricks in Springbank Park.

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2005

ASLM commits $1 million to support research at the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

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2008

Over 7,000 individuals have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in London and Middlesex.

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2010

Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society is released by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, initiating a tsunami of media coverage and public awareness.

In response to the growing need for expanded programs and services, ASLM moves to a new location at 435 Windermere Rd., in north London.

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2011

Navigating the Road Ahead Conference becomes an annual event.

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2012

Building Memories campaign completed raising $1.2 million.

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2015

Impact of the Rising Tide becomes more evident with a 30% increase in active clients for 2014-2015 fiscal year.

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2015 - 2016

Roll out of satellite programs throughout London and Middlesex.

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2017

  • 31 staff, over 240 volunteers.
  • ASiO Federation Agreement signed.
  • Provincial Dementia Strategy approved – $101M over 3 years.
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2018

  • Active client base increase 127% over 5 years
  • Implemented Enhancing Care for Ontario Caregivers & First Link Care Navigator role
  • 1st ever Dementia Program Guide (collaborative) for London & Middlesex
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2019

  • National Dementia Strategy approved
  • Active client base increase 134% over 5 years
  • Provincial Dementia Strategy placed on hold
  • Western Ontario Health Team (WOHT) work initiated
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2020

  • Global pandemic declared in March
  • ASLM office closed to public – virtual programming and service deliver initiated
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2021

  • ASLM, ASOX, ASEST announce unification negotiations successful
  • July 1 is the date for the formation of the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners

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