Friends, families and members of the 100 Mile House community all experience the personal and social impact of dementia. It’s not just their disease. It’s ours too. The Central Interior’s aging population makes it one of its most pressing health care issues. The number of Canadians living with dementia is expected to nearly double in the next 15 years.
That’s why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is asking residents to be #InItForAlz and show support for people affected by the disease in the community.
“It’s about making dementia not just someone else’s problem but everyone’s concern. Dementia should be a cause that we can all rally around because we embrace people living with the disease,” says Tara Hildebrand, the Society’s regional Education & Support Coordinator for 100 Mile House and the Central Interior region. She’s also the Society’s Provincial Coordinator, Support and Education Services.
“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect thousands of families in British Columbia,” says Health Minister Terry Lake.
100 Mile House residents can be #InItForAlz by visiting alzheimerbc.org to learn about the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s support services in the area, and to make a donation to help residents who are living with the disease.
You can also use the hashtag #InItForAlz to spread the word that “it’s not just their disease. It’s ours too.”