January Awareness Month
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month!
Charlottetown, PE, January 5, 2016 -- Do you think it’s possible to live well with dementia? That’s the question we asked Canadians—their answers might surprise you. According to a new Nanos survey, most Canadians are divided about whether someone with dementia can live well. While women were slightly more positive than men, the survey found 47 per cent of respondents, aged 18 and older, disagree compared with the same percentage who agree. It’s this kind of negative attitude that the Alzheimer Society wants to change with its new #StillHere campaign, launching today for Alzheimer Awareness Month.
During Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society of PEI will be joining our colleagues across the country in kicking off a nationwide campaign challenging Canadians to rethink their perceptions of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Quite simply, life doesn’t end when Alzheimer’s begins. People living with dementia can continue to participate in life and contribute to their communities – in their own way, even as the disease progresses. It is important to be there, for those who are #StillHere.
“Words and actions are powerful and can change the story of dementia. That’s the goal of our campaign, to dispel the myths around what it means to live with dementia and encourage all of us to see the person beyond the condition,” says Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO at the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
We’ll connect you to the people behind the disease and how they’re living with dementia to help break the stigma around it. There are a number of ways to get involved with our #StillHere campaign:
- Watch a 30-second video and share it with others.
- Complete an online quiz to test your basic knowledge and assumptions about dementia.
- Read personal stories from people living with dementia, and share your own experience.
- Attend the 4th Annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference.
- Become a Dementia Friend.
- Register for the Walk For Alzheimer’s on June 5, 2016.
The #StillHere campaign is proudly supported by the KPMG Foundation.
4th Annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference
On January 21, 2016, at the Murchison Centre, the Alzheimer Society will be hosting our Alzheimer Awareness Conference, a free event designed to provide meaningful learning opportunities for caregivers, individuals with dementia, health care professionals, and the general public.
Our keynote presenters will be Dr. Laurie Mallery (left) and Dr. Paige Moorehouse Mallery (right), co-founders of the Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization program (PATH) in Nova Scotia. PATH is a process that helps older people and their families understand their health status and guides them through the process of making health care decisions that protect their best interests and quality of life. The goal of PATH is to help patients and families choose a blend of therapeutic and palliative measures that will best preserve an individual’s quality of life in their remaining time.
Dr. Laurie Mallery graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and completed residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, she received her subspecialty training in Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University/Halifax Infirmary Hospital. Dr. Moorehouse holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Toronto and completed her MD and residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University in 2007. She completed a Master’s of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2008.
Dr. Huy Nguyen,
Provincial Home Care Nursing Clinical Development Coordinator, HealthPEI
Dr. Mark Triantafillou,
Dr. Jackalina Van Kampen,
Director of Pre-Clinical Research, Neurodyn
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Space is limited! To register, contact us at 902-370-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 01/05/16