Alzheimer Awareness Month: Spreading the word about the 72 percent
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada and this year, Alzheimer Societies across the country are encouraging Canadians to think about the 72%.
Who are the 72%? You may not realize it, but women represent 72% of all Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s because women live longer than men so there are more of them with this form of dementia, and age continues to be a significant risk factor.
Who are these women? They’re our mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, or friends – maybe even you.
If the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease were probed like crime scenes, senile plaques and tangles would almost assuredly be bagged for evidence in the slaying of neurons. That’s because wherever cells die, clumps of “misfolded” proteins called amyloid beta are found.
“It causes and makes these toxic plaques that end up killing the nerve cells in the brain,” explains Patricia Leighton, a researcher at the University of Alberta funded by the Alzheimer Society Research Program.
Good Samaritans helping people with dementia to find their way home with MedicAlert® Safely Home®
After emergency responders, good Samaritans are the most frequent locators of people with dementia who go missing.
Changes in the brain that come with the progression of Alzheimer's disease make it very easy for people with dementia to become lost, even in familiar places. While this can happen at any time and without warning, winter, with its extreme temperatures, is a time when families of people with dementia become especially worried about the possibility of a person with dementia going missing and becoming lost. Registering with the MedicAlert Safely Home program can help identify someone who is lost and assist them in getting safely home. ... Read More
Understanding genetics and Alzheimer’s disease
Christine shares the story of her mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
On January 25, 2015, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. invites British Columbians to participate in the Investors Group Walk for Memories. Each community Walk is dedicated to an honoree, someone who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.
Join us for Dementia...Learning through the Arts on Thursday, January 22 from 7 - 8:30 pm. You'll see a short, thought-provoking play called Is it Wednesday? followed by a panel discussion, including someone with Alzheimer's disease, a caregiver and two experts.
Whose Reality is it Anyway? How to Implement Person Centered Care: A Conference for Health Care Professionals is happening March 19, 2015. Registration is $120 per person (Cost includes lunch and nutrition breaks). Register at 1.800.664.8411 / www.alzheimernb.ca
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Winter/Spring 2015 First Link series starts February 4 and runs every Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia. Pre-registration is required.
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario is working with the provincial Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry Responsible for Seniors Affairs to begin developing a comprehensive strategy to care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Fresh Media’s Make Today a Memory campaign is running throughout January on PEI! One component of the campaign is a 'Memory Maker' where you submit a memory to be sent to the recipient in January 2016, mimicking the holding pattern of Alzheimer’s disease.
In Québec four exceptional women joined the Alzheimer awareness campaign, "The 72 percent", to support the Alzheimer cause: Ingrid St-Pierre, Nicole Dumais, Karen Young and Louise Penny. Many thanks for your involvement with us.
On January 27, join us for Spotlight on Research, an opportunity to learn more about Saskatchewan research into a cause and cure. Attend anywhere in Saskatchewan via video conferencing.