What is Alzheimer Awareness Month?
Every January the Alzheimer Society of Canada launches a campaign to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to reduce stigma.
Every year, 25,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia. 1 in 3 people are or know someone affected by Alzheimer’s Disease or another related dementia. There are over 40,000 Albertans living with a dementia of some kind.
Through stories of people with the disease and their families, we will show how we’re connected to these people who are trying to find their way with dementia. You can expect to find some of these stories being shared over the month of January.
If you have stories, poetry, or art to share we are looking for submissions!
What does Alberta Council on Aging have to do with Alzheimer Awareness (and other Dementias) Month?
Our vision is that all Albertans are knowledgeable about dementia. They will also have a high level of awareness about what makes up an age friendly community.
Age Friendly communities will instantly be recognizable —they will demonstrate respect for all members of society: the young and the old, including all the challenges we experience as human beings.
President, Alberta Council on Aging
Low levels of understanding about dementia lead to various misconceptions resulting in perpetuation of stigma which is prevalent in most countries at various levels. People with dementia are often isolated, or hidden, because of stigma or the possibility of negative reactions from neighbours and relatives to behavioural and psychological symptoms. The idea that nothing can be done to help people with dementia often leads to hopelessness and frustration.
Urgent action is required to improve the understanding of dementia and so reduce stigma. Overcoming stigma will help tremendously with achieving … an improved quality of life for people with dementia and carers.
Dr Jacob Roy Kuriakose
Chairman, Alzheimer’s Disease International