January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada is starting conversations to help people see dementia differently.
The Alzheimer Society of Canada has spoken to people living with dementia from across the country who’ve shared openly about their challenges and triumphs. Now, they’re sharing their stories with the world to increase understanding of what it’s really like to live with dementia and what actions we can all take to end dementia stigma.
They want you to know that life goes on after diagnosis, and that with the right help and support, people with dementia can still get a lot out of life.
But don’t take theIr word for it—hear it directly from Naomi, whose mum was diagnosed at 54, and who is a dedicated daughter, caregiver, and advocate for change in the way dementia is viewed in Canada. Or from Mario,who recieved his diagnosis a year after he retired and, while it changed what he expected of his future, he has embraced it anyway, volunteering in his community, and taking up photography to express himself creatively. There’s also Roger, who was diagnosed at 57 but will tell you that his hopes and dreams in life have not changed.And then there’s Mary Beth, who was diagnosed when she was 45 and became a fierce advocate for the rights of people with dementia.
People living with dementia have experiences and can educate us—we just need to be patient and listen.
It’s time to see dementia differently.
Read their stories now: www.ilivewithdementia.ca
Here in Sarnia we are raising funds with our gala event, Saturday January 20th, 2018. Buy your tickets and show your support at dwts.eventbrite.com for Alzheimer Sarnia-Lambton’s Dancing With The Stars!