September is World Alzheimer’s Month: tackling the challenges in Canada and across the globe
This year marks the fourth annual World Alzheimer’s Month, a time to raise awareness and challenge stigma all over the world.
In Canada, dementia continues to be an important issue for Canadians:
Election 2015 is heating up and the NDP and Green parties have already pledged support for a national dementia strategy. We still have a long way to go towards ensuring that all candidates understand the dementia challenge and why it can no longer be ignored. Find out how you can get involved >
We’re also asking you to Do Something AMAZING for Alzheimer’s this month and help us support some of the brightest stars in Canadian dementia research. This year, we have a special donor who is challenging Canadians across the country with a matching challenge. He’s matching your research donation up $50,000. This year, the Alzheimer Society Research Program awarded funding to 40 of 200 applicants, and it’s only with your support that we can ensure that more of these projects receive the funding they need. Learn more >
Election 2015: Make a national dementia strategy a health-care priority
Canadians go to the polls on October 19th and while health care remains a top concern, the federal parties are only just beginning to discuss the mounting social, economic and personal costs of dementia.
In less than 20 years from now, 1.4 million Canadians will be living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. We no longer have time to waste – a national dementia strategy is essential to preparing us for the future.
That’s why it is so important that your local candidates understand why dementia is one of the biggest health issues in Canada today and what a national dementia strategy means for you.
This September, we’ve been raising awareness about the work of world-class Canadian researchers so that they can continue investigating the cause, cure and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
We asked you, “What would you ask a dementia researcher if you met one on the street, and will be sharing the answers to your top questions at the end of September.
There are many ways you can be a friend to people with dementia in your community, whether it’s in conversation or looking out for someone’s safety. Check out these 5 tips, then visit www.dementiafriends.ca to become a Dementia Friend.
News from across the country
We partner with Alzheimer Societies in every province. Here are some highlights of their work and how to connect with them:
This year's Ascent for Alzheimer's team begins their hike of a lifetime up Mt. Kilimanjaro this month. Follow the team that is helping to move mountains for people on the dementia journey on the Ascent Blog.
The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba is thrilled to announce that Dr. Ben Albensi has been chosen as the first ever Manitoba Dementia Research Chair. This initiative is funded through a partnership between Research Manitoba and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
Memory Cafés are now offered in 5 communities in New Brunswick! They are like a real café, but combine education, socialization and activity within a safe and inclusive environment for people with dementia, their families and professional caregivers.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The first Walk for Alzheimer’s as a nation-wide event increased funds raised in our province by $20,000! 17 very successful teams participated at a great event for the official launch in St. John's.
The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is happy to report that the Government of Nova Scotia has announced a province-wide Dementia Strategy. Read about the strategy
Minds in Motion®, a recreational program for people with dementia and caregivers, is growing in locations across Ontario. And it has been highlighted in the Ontario Falls Prevention toolkit. Find out if it is available in your community.
Prince Edward Island
On August 27, the Alzheimer Society of PEI hosted the first annual Blue Moon Ball. ‘Forget-me-not’ blues and elegant silvers created a lively ambiance for supporters to participate in a silent auction and some dancing!
Since the end of May, Josée-Lisa LeFrançois is the acting General Manager at the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies. Ms. LeFrançois gave an interview on August 25th to comment the new statistics released in the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) report.
Join us in Regina on October 22 for our Fall Gala and make it A Night to Remember.