Alzheimer's disease and other dementias directly affect an estimated 70,000 British Columbians. There is no cure. People living with dementia and their families tell the Alzheimer Society of B.C. that they experience social and health-care related challenges throughout the dementia journey.
Advocacy starts with the willingness to share one’s story to help others understand the impact of the disease.
Self-advocacy refers to what we do to improve a situation for ourselves, a family member or another individual. Seeking help from your doctor, applying for a disability tax credit or ensuring person-centred care in a care residence are examples of self-advocacy. You can learn more about this type of advocacy here.
Systemic advocacy focuses on improving the entire system for the benefit of everyone and can be done at the provincial or municipal levels. Attending a town hall, participating in governmental focus groups or writing your MLA a letter are examples of systemic advocacy. You can learn more about this type of advocacy here.