Dementia dosen’t just affect the person diagnosed.
Caregivers, family members and friends are also impacted and caregiving is often required 24 hours a day.
This challenging responsibility requires a variety of support ad Fort St. James caregivers along with others from various communities in B.C. are being recognised and honoured by the Investor’s Group Virtual Walk for Alzheimer’s.
This event for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., allows residents to get involved on-line.
They can visit www.walkforalzheimers.ca ad sign up for the virtual walk. Residents can then take a stroll with family and friends on May 1 and collect pledges or make a donation to the campaign.
You can also take a walk in person in Prince George and in Smithers. Details are on the website also.
The virtual walk is province wide with the theme, “make memories matter”.
“Memories make us who we are,” Special Events Officer, Daphne Tsai said. “When you walk, you honour those who have passed and support our work to help provide help and hope for those living with the disease today.”
According to Tsai, everyone will be touched by dementia, whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in your community. You can make a difference.
Approximatley747,000 Canadians have the disease with 70,000 living in B.C.
That number will nearly double in the next 20 years as age is the biggest risk factor and people are living longer according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
For more information on local resources to help families and caregivers visit: www.alheimerbc.org
You can also visit Northern Health and learn more about the disease through an e-learning orientation: https://northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/Seniors%E2%80%99Health/Dementia.aspx