The Alzheimer Society of B.C. holds an open house in Abbotsford later this month.
The event, taking place as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, is held Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd.
A local resident will share their experience of the disease and the society will recognize a local volunteer whose contributions have eased the dementia journey for people in the community.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is a national campaign focused on changing the public’s perceptions of what it means to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
The society says that changing perceptions is the key to reducing stigma, which ultimately supports people living with dementia to stay active and engaged in the community.
According to a B.C. survey conducted by Insights West in 2018, more than 70 percent of respondents felt people living with dementia experience stigma.
“Stigma – which is negative attitudes and misconceptions held by family, friends and professionals – can be a barrier that prevents people from seeking out a diagnosis if they are beginning to see possible symptoms, or it may keep them from accessing services,” the society says.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members to support and education at any point in the disease through First Link dementia support.
Local residents can connect to support by asking their health-care provider for a referral, by visiting the Abbotsford Alzheimer Resource Centre or by calling the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.
Visit alzheimerbc.org for more information.