January is National Alzheimer Awareness Month
Every year, 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia. Presently, 2,537 Islanders are living this journey. 1 in 3 people will be affected or know someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. But dementia is more than just numbers. That’s why every January the Alzheimer Society of PEI joins our colleagues across Canada to launch a national awareness campaign to challenge public perceptions of what it means to live with dementia. We want to convert judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people with dementia feel supported in our communities. This year’s campaign “I live with dementia – Let me help you understand” features personal stories from care partners and persons living with dementia from across the country. To view these stories, please click here.
The Alzheimer Awareness Conference is an annual event designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities for caregivers, health professionals and the general public. Knowledge on dementia care is crucial to maintaining a safe, supportive caregiving environment for all.
Our 7th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference was held in Charlottetown on January 24, 2019. This year, over 200 attendees joined us to learn from many wonderful presenters including:
- Lynn Loftus, person living with dementia
- Dr. John Flood, former family care partner and dementia advocate
- Dr. Melissa Andrew, research lead with the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging
- Seniors Mental Health Panelists: Dr. Martha Carmichael, Geriatrician; and Dr. Javier Salabarria, Geriatric Psychiatrist
- Caregiver Panelists: Debbie Crowther; Carol Stevenson-Seller; Jacinta Stewart; and Greg Weeks
- Health Care Panelists: Erin Campbell-Moore, Community Support Coordinator; Tabatha Gallant, Therapeutic Demenita Worker; Trish MacInnis, Staff Development Coordinator; & Sheila Stapleton, RCW
To view photos from this year’s event, please click here.
If you missed out on this year’s event, you can check it out on Eastlink’s PodiumTV On Demand.
|Episode #||Air Date||Description|
|S11E18||Feb 11, 2019||'I’m Still Me'. Join Lynn Loftus, a person living with dementia as she shares her personal story and experiences.|
|S11E19||Feb 18, 2019||'Striving for Change: A Family Perspective'. John Flood, a former care partner will be sharing his personal story about the transition from care partner to dementia advocate.|
|S11E21||Mar 4, 2019||'Hope for Tomorrow'. Join researcher Dr. Melissa Andrew as she shares an update on the status of clinical trials and research towards a cure of Alzheimers and related Dementia.|
|S11E22||Mar 11, 2019||'The Power of Education'. Health care professionals share their personal experiences working with persons living with dementia and discuss the impact of the dementia care training program.|
|S11E24||Mar 25, 2019||'Let me help you understand'. Join the Alzheimer Society as family care partners share with us their personal stories about their experiences caring for their loved ones.|
|S11E27||Apr 15, 2019||Seniors Mental Health Panel. A geriatrician, geriatric psychiatrist and a researcher will be sharing more about mental health needs for seniors living with dementia and their care partners.|
We would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s event so successful. We could not have done it without our many volunteers, community organizations and the support of our generous sponsors.
Save the Date: Our 8th Annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Conference will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Murchison Centre in Charlottetown. Stay tuned for more details!