In honour of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society has launched a 4-part short film series that follows Alicia, one of 1.1 million Canadians who is affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as her daughter and caregiver, Judy, as they cope with the challenges and heartbreak they face—punctuated by moments of togetherness and laughter.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly weakens memory, thinking, skills, and eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Currently, there are 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s diagnosed in Canada per year. This number is expected to triple by 2050. As well, caregiving costs are expected to balloon to $12 billion by 2040.
Tragically, this disease affects everyone in one way or another. By working together to spread awareness, we can make a difference for those who are struggling and remind them that help is available. Like Alicia’s daughter says: “I hope by sharing our story, it shows others who are going through similar situations that they are not alone. Sharing and connecting with others is so important. It changes everything.”
Helping is as simple as doing your part to educate yourself and raise awareness about the disease. You can learn more about Alicia’s story and find other ways to help on the Alzheimer Society website. You can also reach the Society by calling 780-488-2266 or 1-866-950-5465 (toll-free). Kindly pass your knowledge on to your social network so others may learn where to seek help and get the support they need. This is key to having a successful journey for those living with the disease.
Yellowhead County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) staff can also help individuals navigate the system and provide resources for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We’ve launched Alzheimer and caregiver support groups that connect members of the community with similar experiences (the groups have suspended meetings for the time being due to the pandemic). Don’t hesitate to call us at 780-325-3782 or 1-800-814-3935.