This January, show that you're "In it for Alzheimer's"
Friends, families and members of our communities all experience the personal and social impact of dementia. It’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.
That’s why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is celebrating Alzheimer's Awareness Month by asking British Columbians to be #InItForAlz and show support for people affected by the disease in their community. “It’s about making dementia not just someone else’s problem but everyone’s concern. Dementia should be a cause that we can all rally around because we embrace people living with the disease,” says Maria Howard, the Society’s Chief Executive Officer.
Society Chief Executive Officer Maria Howard with John Mann.
Dementia doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone. That’s why actor and writer Jill Daum is getting behind #InItForAlz. Jill’s husband, John Mann of Spirit of the West, was diagnosed with young-onset dementia in 2014. “This is a cause that’s close to my heart and I’m proud to lend my support to the campaign,” Jill says. “John felt that there was a stigma attached to it and he wanted to be able to be honest, open and not feel any shame around his diagnosis. We need to get over our uneasiness about dementia and start to recognize and talk about it more openly,” says Jill, who lives with John in Vancouver.You, too, can be #InItForAlz. Find stories of people's experiences living with the disease and make a donation to help people in the province who are living with the disease. You can also use the hashtag #InItForAlz to spread the word that “it’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.”