Become a spokesperson

There are currently 747,000 Canadians living with dementia, and the numbers are rising. The Alzheimer Society works with spokespeople from across the country to raise awareness of the disease.

Whether you are a person with dementia, a caregiver or family member, or if you’re a researcher dedicated to finding cure or health-care professional providing care, consider channeling your passion into becoming a spokesperson to help shine a light on dementia.

For example, you can share your experience to keep dementia top-of-mind during elections and health-care policy debates by speaking to political candidates and decision-makers.

Tips for advocating during the 2015 election >

You can also share your experience with media to help people understand the day-to-day impact of living with dementia.

Here’s what we look for in spokespeople:

  • People living with dementia, usually in the early stages
  • Different ages, gender and diverse backgrounds
  • Experience with public speaking or talking with media (we can help you gain that experience if you have not done it before)
  • Comfortable being on camera - taped or live
  • At ease with having your name in print (if not, a reporter will usually respect anonymity or use an alias)
  • Do not mind having your photo taken and published in print (and have signed a consent form)
  • Understand deadlines and are accessible on short notice

For help in becoming a spokesperson, email [email protected] or call your local Alzheimer Society today.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017