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January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

Each year, 25,000 Canadians hear the words, ‘you have dementia.’ But dementia is more than just numbers. Friends, families and members of our community all experience the personal and social impact of dementia. For our health-care system and economy this means higher demand for services and soaring costs. It’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.

The Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex (ASWE) is encouraging the community to use the hashtag #InItForAlz during Alzheimer Awareness Month to spread the word that “it’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.”

Dementia is one of the fastest-growing diseases of our time and there is no cure or effective treatment. Locally, ASWE provides programs and services to address the current needs of over 2,800 persons diagnosed with dementia and their partners in care, and that number is growing.

Get #InItForAlz and donate to help lessen the impact of this disease on those living with it today, and help fund vital research to help eliminate it in the future by visiting website.

Darren Dreger, a Hockey Insider at TSN, is getting behind #InItForAlz. His 76-year-old step father, Ervin, was recently diagnosed with dementia. “This is a cause that’s close to my heart and I’m proud to lend my support to the campaign. We need to get over our uneasiness about dementia and start to recognize and talk about it more openly. Research is a top priority if we’re to find a cure for people like my step dad. And, we need to turn research into better local support services for caregivers like my mom,” says Dreger.

Watch video about Darren and his family, read the personal stories of other Canadians impacted by dementia.

Local Alzheimer Awareness Month Events

Friday, January 13, 2017 – SOLD OUT – Annual Battle of the Brains Trivia Night, Ciociaro Club. Local trivia buffs will battle it out for ultimate bragging rights and a great cause.

Monday, January 16, 2017 – ASWE Lottery – Grand prize $2,000! Tickets are $10 and still available. Call 519-974-2220 to purchase yours.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 2nd Annual Laugh Out Loud A-thon, Devonshire Mall. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come out and experience the healing powers of laughter with Laughter Leader, Chris Lyons. Sign up online today!

Quick facts

  • Right now, an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia, with over 7,120 living in Windsor-Essex.
  • In 15 years, this figure will increase by 66%, to 937,000.
  • For every person with dementia, one or more caregivers provide care.
  • People with dementia can continue the things they love and remain active in their communities with the right help and support.
  • ASWE provides programs like Minds In Motion, Memory Café and Day Away to help individuals live better and independently for as long as possible.