January is Alzheimer Awareness Month

Publié le 26 janvier 2017

We estimate that there are about 6 000 people living with a neurocognitive disease in the Suroît region.

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Each year, 25,000 Canadians hear the words, ‘you have dementia.’ But dementia is more than just numbers. Friends, families and members of our communities 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.

That’s why the Alzheimer Society is asking Canadians to be #InItForAlz. Through this campaign, the Alzheimer Society also hopes to change the conversation about a disease that continues to be shrouded in silence.

Dementia doesn’t discriminate and can affect anyone. It’s one of the fastest-growing diseases of our time, but still has no cure or effective treatments. It can only be beat if everyone takes action.

You, too, can be #InItForAlz and make a difference right from your computer. Visit alzheimer.ca/suroit/en/initforalz to watch a video about Darren and his family and read the personal stories of other Canadians impacted by dementia. You can also use the hashtag #InItForAlz to spread the word that “it’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.”

The Alzheimer Society Suroît, your local chapter of the Alzheimer Society, offers free services in the regions of Salaberry-Beauharnois, Vaudreuil-Soulanges, the Haut-Saint-Laurent, Kahnawake and the Grand Châteauguay area. You will find help in the form of information, training, psychosocial support, individual and family consultations, awareness, respite and stimulation, offered in English and in French.

For help, to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive diseases, or to find out the importance of an early diagnosis, you can reach the Alzheimer Society Suroît at 450-373-0303 or toll free at 1-877-773-0303.

 

Quick facts

•In Quebec it is estimated that each day 17 people learn they have dementia.

•Right now, an estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. This includes 141,000 in Quebec.

•In 15 years, this figure will increase by 66%, to 937,000.  Despite a better understanding and control of risk factors (it is believed that 60% of risk is from lifestyle), there aging population of numerous ‘baby-boomers’ in Canada is contributing to this increase, as age is the main risk factor for the disease.

•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.

•The 20 Alzheimer Societies across Quebec provide programs and support services to help people with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers to live as well as possible.