Federal parties working together for a national dementia strategy
Dementia can affect anyone and transcends political boundaries. So when Conservative MP Rob Nicholson began working on Bill C-233, a private member’s for a national dementia strategy, he found an ally in Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, despite their party affiliations.
The two Robs know firsthand why a national strategy is so important for Canadians. Nicholson’s father had Alzheimer’s and died in 1997, and Oliphant has worked closely with families living with the disease as a United Church minister.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP champions dementia care and research with $250,763 donation
Fantastic new things are happening in care and research thanks to the generous support of Fasken Martineau! Through their donation, the Fédération québécoise des Sociétés Alzheimer will launch the Music and Memory™ program. The program, which is offered by many Societies across Canada, uses personal playlists to recreate memories for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Music helps to sooth, stimulate memories and self-expression, and fosters independence. It’s also strengthens the bond between the person with the disease and their caregiver.
Additionally, two promising Canadian researchers will continue to further their work with the Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP): Véronique Provencher at the Université de Sherbrooke and Marjorie Silverman at the University of Ottawa.
It’s human nature to avoid difficult or uncomfortable topics about the future, especially when it comes to health and personal care. But for people with dementia who will eventually become unable to express their wishes, planning ahead is essential.
Addressing the subject directly and creating a plan will make things easier for everyone involved later on by reducing distress and facilitating decision-making Here are six tips for getting started.
We partner with Alzheimer Societies in every province. Here are some highlights of their work and how to connect with them:
Alberta and Northwest Territories
The Alzheimer’s Face Off tournament returns to Alberta from April 29th to May 1st, bigger and better than ever! An incredible roster of NHL legends are dusting off their gear for another memorable weekend of hockey. All proceeds are matched by the Alberta Prion Research Institute and support the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program.
We recently held our Breakfast to Remember event in Vancouver and Victoria and raised over $147,000 and $37,000 respectively. The Vancouver event featured an inspiring guest-speech by Alzheimer’s advocate Jim Mann, on living with dementia.
Building up to our provincial election on April 19th, we have been reaching out to the three main parties and encouraging Manitobans to bring forward important issues that will help better the care for people with dementia and their families.
Join families and friends across New Brunswick on May 29th for the Walk for Alzheimer’s! For every $250 raised, you will be entered into the Grand Prize draw, the Gift of Flight courtesy of WestJet. Visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca to register and learn about our Families Helping Families Gift Matching Challenge.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Join us on Sunday, May 15th in St John’s for the 27th annual Walk for Alzheimers! Register today at www.walkforalzheimers.ca and win a t-shirt when you raise $100 or more.
Nova Scotians with Early Stage Dementia came together to share experiences and learn strategies for living well on Saturday, April 16 at our Early Stage Forum.
People with dementia want to stay their own communities as long as possible. Learn about balancing the risks of living with dementia with enjoying a healthy, safe lifestyle, and access our free on-line course about supporting people with dementia in the community at www.findingyourwayontario.ca.
Prince Edward Island
The Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island would like to extend a huge thank you to the Atlantic Police Academy Cadets for participating in the Door to Door Blitz on March 13, 2016. 57 Police Cadets canvassed the Summerside area to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.
The 10th annual Walk for Alzheimer’s will take place in Quebec on Sunday May 29th, 2016. “This walk means a lot to us,” says Sabrina Lacoste, a young student whose father, Guy, is living with the disease. Sign up and spread the word!
Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is delivering Minds in Motion® - a community-based fitness and social activity program incorporating physical activity and mental stimulation for those with early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias to enjoy with a friend or family member.