Victoria columnist shares dementia experience at Breakfast to Remember
Jack Knox, author and columnist with the Times Colonist, brings his honesty and wit to a keynote address at Victoria’s Breakfast to Remember, a breakfast in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. The event will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 7-9 a.m. at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. Knox will speak to his experience with dementia, which, like many others, only came to light at the end of another person’s journey with the disease.
Someone Knox was close to died suddenly a few years ago and Knox says it was only after the person’s passing that it became apparent he had been showing – and trying to mask – signs of dementia.
According to Knox, the person’s wife could see what was happening, but was also trying to keep it quiet. “Perhaps she was in denial, perhaps she thought she could deal with it on her own or perhaps she didn't want the world to see a diminished version of the husband she loved and of whom she was proud,” says Knox.
It was a sad realization for Knox, who cared for and respected this woman, and felt bad that she had kept her husband’s condition to herself without seeking support.
“That's where my real concern lies: with those confronted by, and uncertain how to deal with, family members or friends as dementia takes hold.”
Knox, who often weighs in on the issues affecting seniors in the capital city, will soon join the demographic himself, as he turns 60 shortly after the talk. While he embraces the thought of landing a seniors’ discount at The Bay, the milestone also points to a weightier issue.
“It also means addressing the reality that my knees aren't going to get better,” Knox says, “my hair isn't going to grow back in and there's a generational shift going on to which all of us have to adapt.”
Join Knox, along with Bob Lenarduzzi, president of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, for Breakfast to Remember. The event provides a unique opportunity for business and community leaders to support people living with dementia – all before the workday begins.
Last year 162 people gathered at the Fairmont Empress Hotel to raise more than $43,600 to further the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s work. Combined with the Vancouver event, Breakfast to Remember generated $209,000 in 2017 towards programs and services, advocacy and research to find a cure.
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Last Updated: 01/15/2018