Climb for Alzheimer's fundraising spotlight: Team Capilano Care Centre

Team Capilano Care Centre training to participate in Climb for Alzheimer's

Staying physically fit and active is a great way to slow the progression of dementia, and is a huge part of preventing it. This is just part of what had motivated Team Capilano Care Centre to participate in the 2017 Climb for Alzheimer’s on September 24. They will be raising funds to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. support British Columbians living with the disease.

The Climb for Alzheimer’s is a fun, invigorating hike up the Grouse Grind® – but it’s also an opportunity for people to help the Alzheimer Society of B.C. achieve our vision of a truly dementia-friendly society – where people living with the disease, their caregivers and their families are acknowledged, welcomed and included. Funds raised go towards support, education and advocacy for families on the dementia journey, and to enable research that will advance knowledge of the disease.

The team is comprised of five staff members from Capilano Care Centre alongside ten of the people living at the care residence. “We’re also encouraging other staff and family members to participate as well,” says Margaret Steeghs, Recreation Manager. The team will be participating in the Summit Stroll, a great option for people who want to participate in the Climb without having to do the Grouse Grind®. Participants of the Summit Stroll will make their way around the exhibits at the peak of Grouse Mountain – including the bear habitat, the Theatre in the Sky, or simply taking a leisurely stroll around the different walking paths and exhibits.

“Approximately 80 per cent of the people living at Capilano Care Centre are living with a diagnosis of dementia, so all of us really see the impact of the disease on a daily basis,” Margaret says. “We’re honoured to be able to do anything that we can to support people living with dementia and their families.” The team hopes to raise $1,000 to go to support the Society’s services.

“Many of our staff have people in their lives who are affected by dementia. One of our staff members told us that a close friend connected to the Society when her husband was diagnosed, and the education sessions and support groups were incredibly helpful for her.”

To prepare, once or twice a week they participate in a Climb of their own, using a set of 69 stairs a block away from the care residence. While they’ve been doing the stairs every summer for the past few years, this is the first time they’re doing it to train for something like the Climb for Alzheimer’s. The team is excited to be able to put their “steps” and hard work towards a great cause.

People living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias face an uphill journey every day. Passionate supporters like the team from the Capilano Care Centre are going up the mountain to show that people don’t need to make the dementia journey alone. Participants can make the Climb or take the Summit Stroll. Who will you climb for? Register and start fundraising today.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017