#StillHere continues to change attitudes across Canada!
Life doesn't end when Alzheimer's begins. Be there. For those that are #StillHere.
This is the message we've been sharing throughout January as we continue to challenge Canadians to recognize the people who are living with dementia in their communities, and to think about ways to help them live a better life.
We wanted to share some of the highlights online and in the media with you:
‘People living with dementia can continue to engage in creative and meaningful ways’
Consider the following scenario: A man with Alzheimer's living in a long-term care home hits his table mates at meal times. Is this a symptom of dementia requiring medication or some other form of restraint? I urge a closer look.
Suppose you observe that the man removes his hat before entering the dining room, and then proceeds to hit only those wearing hats. Also take into account that he has lost the ability to speak. His "aggressive behaviour" can then be seen for what it is: disapproval of people who don't remove their hat before dining.
It’s a meaningful expression of his respect for table etiquette, and clearly a custom he values. Rather than restraining him, it’s more humane to reassign seating so he’s not at a table with other diners who are wearing hats.
We assume that with Alzheimer’s there is a loss of self, but that’s not so. People living with this disease continue to engage in creative and meaningful ways through verbal and non-verbal expressions.
Pia is a researcher whose work challenges Western culture's assumption that cognition alone defines us as human. People living with this disease continue to engage in creative and meaningful ways through verbal and non-verbal expressions.
A great big thank you to Bulk Barn for all your amazing and generous support! This year's Coffee Break they raised $369,602.00 benefiting Alzheimer Society programs and services in communities across Canada!
A Dementia Friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into simple actions that can help people with dementia live well.
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, which raised $1 million in Edmonton last year to support the Alberta Alzheimer Research Program, offers the hockey experience of a lifetime. Taking place April 29-May 1, this charity event teams up with local hockey enthusiasts with some of the NHL alumni’s all-time greats, as they take to the ice in the battle against Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
Maria Howard joined Gloria Macarenko in the CBC Radio One studio for B.C. Almanac, with British Columbians calling in to talk about how people can live well with dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba offers family education for those experiencing dementia in 39 communities across the province via Telehealth. Sessions take place the first Tuesday of the month for February, March and April.
Defeating the Dark Shadow of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Through Person Centered Care: A Conference for Health Care Professionals is happening on April 12, 2016 in Fredericton. Registration deadline: April 1, 2016.
The Winter/Spring 2016 First Link® series starts March 16. Participants have the opportunity to learn and share with others who are affected by dementia. Register today!
We launched our Awareness Campaign “Keep An Open Mind About Alzheimer’s” with a new brochure created by a NS College of Art and Design Student available for download.
As the number of Ontarians with dementia increases, studies show that referrals from health-care professionals to First Link® , an Alzheimer Society program for people newly diagnosed with dementia, is also increasing – a sign of confidence in the effectiveness of this program.
On January 21, the Alzheimer Society of PEI hosted our 4th Annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference. Due to growing success and interest, our conference moved to a larger venue so we could reach a larger audience.
As part of the #StillHere awareness campaign, Josée-Lisa LeFrançois was interviewed by Joane Prince of InfoMatin on Radio-Canada. "The important point of this campaign is that life does not end with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. We want to change these negative perceptions, "said Ms. LeFrançois.