On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the annual Walk for Memories will take place in support of the Alzheimer Society. January is Alzheimer’s Month – if you want to find a walk near you log on to http://www.walkformemories.ca.
You can also support a walker by making a pledge. Oddly, the Muskoka Alzheimer Society is not included on the website list of locations; however, I am walking at the Bracebridge location. Receipts for all pledges will issued.
This excerpt from the Alzheimer’s Association of Ontario website says it all:
What is Alzheimer's disease?
“Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada.
Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease, but research is improving the way we provide care and will continue to search for a cure.”
The society offers Help for Today through programs and services for people living with dementia, and Hope for Tomorrow by funding research to find the cause and the cure.
If you have any concerns about a loved one, please contact your local Chapter for information and help.