Delta residents help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. mark World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to push the global conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to the forefront.

With an estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with some form of dementia, it is likely that most residents of Delta have some connection to the disease: people affected by it are our family members, friends and neighbours.

article continues below

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is working towards a vision of a province where people living with dementia are welcomed, supported and included – a truly dementia-friendly B.C. But there is still work to be done.

People in Delta who are affected by dementia are invited to attend a two-part online discussion series called “Demystifying advocacy” on Sept. 28 and 29 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Free of charge and moderated by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s CEO Maria Howard, the series is an opportunity for residents to hear from dementia advocates as they share their stories and have frank conversations about what it takes to make change happen.

Part one is “Changing your situation,” which will explore advocating for yourself and members of your family, while part two is “Changing the system,” looking at how advocates raise their voices to help change policy and practice.

“Building a dementia-friendly province would be impossible without the tireless efforts of dementia advocates,” says Howard. “We want to celebrate their leadership and give people a chance to learn from them.”

Whether it’s working with advocates to change the system or providing direct support to people affected by dementia, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s activities rely on the generous support of community fundraisers. Until Sept. 30, people across B.C. can sign up for the Climb for Alzheimer’s hiking challenge and take to their local hiking trails to raise funds.

“By taking part in the Climb for Alzheimer’s, you’ll be supporting thousands of British Columbians on the dementia journey – and helping ensure that no one has to climb that mountain alone,” adds Howard.

If you are living with dementia, want to learn more about the disease or how can you get involved with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., you can call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information and support is also available in Punjabi (1-833-674-5003) and in Cantonese or Mandarin (1-833-674-5007), available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also learn more at: http://alzheimerbc.org.

Read Related Topics

© Delta Optimist

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Delta Optimist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
  • SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

What are you doing more of while stuck at home?

or  view results