January is National Alzheimer Awareness Month!
Every year, 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia. Presently, 2,570 Islanders are living this journey. 1 in 3 people will be affected or know someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. To help raise awareness and support Islanders living with dementia, the Alzheimer Society is delighted to announce our 7th Annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference at the Murchison Centre on January 24, 2019! This event has been designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities for care partners, health care professionals, persons living with dementia and the general public.
Join us to hear from:
- Person(s) living with dementia
- Care partners providing help for today
- Health care professionals making a difference
- Latest Dementia Care Training graduates
- Researchers bringing hope for the future, And more!
Our conference will begin at 9:00am and is guaranteed to be a day full of information, learning and interactive experiences in ASPEI’s effort to stop the stigma and make our communities more dementia friendly. Cost is $15/person. Nutritious snacks and lunch included to actively promote brain health.
Here’s what a few of our past participants had to say:
“Great day with a little bit of something for everyone.”
“Excellent conference. Left with so much hope for better quality of life for our residents.”
“I would not miss it next year. Well organized and worthwhile day.”
“We’ve been coming to these events for many years. I have dementia and we are very thankful for the info we have received. How very fortunate we are here on PEI”
Pre-registration is required to attend. All registration will be completed online via EventBrite and official receipts will be sent to you directly via email. Space is limited. Click here to register today!
During Alzheimer Awareness month, the Alzheimer Society of PEI will also be joining with colleagues across the country to showcase our awareness campaign “Yes, I live with dementia. Let me help you understand”. People living with dementia currently face stigma everyday, preventing them from talking openly about their experience and seeking help. We want to change that by converting judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people living with dementia can feel supported in our communities.
Throughout this campaign, we will be sharing personal stories of those living with dementia and their care partners as a powerful step toward the public’s awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They want you to know that life goes on after diagnosis, and that with the right help and support, people with dementia can still get a lot out of life.
Here’s a few key points to remember:
- Everyone’s experience with dementia is unique. If you meet one person with dementia, you’ve met only one person with dementia.
- Progression of the disease is different for each individual, and a diagnosis doesn’t mean that the person will fast-forward to the later stages overnight.
- Just because a person is diagnosed with dementia doesn’t mean they are no longer the same person as before. Their story continues—dementia is just part of their story.
- It is possible to live well with dementia for a good period of time and even as the disease progresses, many people still lead active lives and continue their hobbies and enjoy friendships.
Full ambassador stories will be available following the official campaign launch on January 7, 2019. For more information about how you can participate in Alzheimer Awareness Month, please contact Sara at 902-370-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org