People in B.C. and around the globe unite for World Alzheimer’s Month
September is World Alzheimer’s Month and Saturday, September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. This year, landmarks from coast to coast, including Niagara Falls, will be illuminated in blue to raise awareness and challenge the stigma associated with dementia. In Vancouver, Canada Place, B.C. Place, Science World and Vancouver City Hall will go blue over the World Alzheimer’s Day weekend.
An estimated 70,000 British Columbians are currently living with dementia and the prevalence is on the rise, yet the stigma surrounding the disease persists. One in four Canadians polled said they would feel embarrassed or ashamed if they were living with dementia and almost half said they would not want others to know if they were diagnosed. Stigma also creates unnecessary loneliness and anxiety for anyone caring for a friend or family member living with dementia.
It has never been more important to show people facing dementia that they’re not alone.
“By shining a light on dementia at landmarks coast to coast on World Alzheimer’s Day, we’re bringing visibility to people who live with dementia every day,” says Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard. “There are still so many misconceptions about dementia and moving past them begins with building public awareness to change the conversation on dementia.”
Everyone can participate in the national #GoBlueforAlz campaign by wearing blue on September 21 to show our solidarity with all those working to support people affected by dementia around the world and to encourage others in our community to do the same. Want to get even more involved? Consider finishing World Alzheimer’s Month with us at the Climb for Alzheimer’s at Grouse Mountain on Sunday, September 29! The Climb is an opportunity to show people affected by dementia that they are not alone on this uphill journey by either hiking the Grouse Grind, or to taking the gondola up and walking the Summit Stroll.
Either way, join us for a celebration at the top of the mountain and raising funds to ensure that the Alzheimer Society of B.C. can continue to deliver vital programs and services to people living with dementia across the province. Register at climbforalzheimers.ca until September 27 or on Grouse Mountain before the event on September 29.