September is World Alzheimer’s Month.
With an estimated 70,000 British Columbians living with some form of dementia, it is likely most residents of Kamloops and other communities in the Thompson -Nicola Regional District have some connection to the disease.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is inviting Kamloops residents affected by dementia to attend a two-part online discussion series called Demystifying Advocacy on Monday, Sept. 28, and Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.
Free of charge and moderated by Alzheimer Society of B.C. CEO Maria Howard, the series is an opportunity for residents to hear from dementia advocates as they share their stories and have frank conversations about what it takes to make change happen.
Part 1 is called Changing Your Situation will explore advocating for yourself and members of your family. Part 2 is called Changing the System and will look at how advocates raise their voices to help change policy and practice.
“Building a dementia-friendly province would be impossible without the tireless efforts of dementia advocates,” Howard said. “We want to celebrate their leadership and give people a chance to learn from them.”
Until Sept. 30, people across B.C. can sign up for the Climb for Alzheimer’s hiking challenge and take to their local hiking trails to raise funds.
If you are living with dementia, want to learn more about the disease or how can you get involved with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. The Helpline is available Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Information and support is also available in Punjabi (1-833-674-5003) and in Cantonese or Mandarin (1-833-674-5007), Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, go to alzheimerbc.org.