Board President's Message
September 2018 - A message from Alzheimer Society of Durham Region Board President
Over the past year, there has been tremendous effort and focus for the Alzheimer’s Societies across Canada to help reduce the stigma associated with dementia. At the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region (“ASDR”), we believe that people living with dementia can continue to live well, despite the new challenges they may face. However, the World Alzheimer Report (2012), indicates that 40% of those living with the disease report not being included in everyday life. As our community beings to gain greater awareness that our friends and family members living with dementia can continue to make great contributions, we are encouraged that the era of social exclusion for those living with the disease will come to an end. The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region remains committed to taking action to end that stigma.
The past year at the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region has been one filled with growth and change. Approximately 564,000 Canadians are living with some form of dementia. In Durham Region, the numbers reach 10,000, but many more individuals and families are living without a diagnosis and the support they could access. Our growing social & recreational programs allow individuals to remain active and engaged while at the same time, meeting others that are travelling a similar journey. Through generous donors, we have been able to open a dedicated recreation area where many activities will be taking place for both individuals living with dementia, their care partners, families and supporters. Our support groups, operating in all municipalities in Durham Region, provide a venue for care partners to share similar experiences and offer mutual support and encouragement. Our public education programs reach out to a wide audience to provide valuable information about dementia. All programs come together to offer a wide array of opportunities for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, their care partners, healthcare professionals and the general public to learn about living with, and supporting someone who lives with the disease.
The Board of Directors remains passionate about our mission to improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementias, and their care partners. We have continued our focus this past year on building our capacity to support our clients through the many offerings you’ll read about in this report.
With the growing needs in Durham, support from our donors will continue to be vital to enhancing our support programs and our reach within the community. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our donors, event participants, volunteers, and staff, who make a difference every day in this shared mission.
The following pages highlight our various support programs, financial reports, and the success we share in moving our mission forward. Our stories paint a picture of the year’s achievements. As you read, we hope you will join us on this journey to changing lives.