Abbotsford residents are being asked to join a national awareness campaign to challenge public perceptions of what it means to live with dementia.
January is national Alzheimer Awareness Month.
The 2018 campaign aims to convert judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people with dementia feel supported in the community.
Dementia is one of the country’s most pressing health issues.
The society offers a variety of assistance to area families and other caregivers, such as the First Link Dementia Helpline. It can be reached at 1-800-936-6033.
The regional Alzheimer Resource Centre at 2825 Clearbrook Rd. can connect residents to support groups (including ones that can be accessed by telephone), educational seminars and workshops, and programs that help people live well with dementia.
The society also provides useful resources for health care professionals.
Visit alzheimerbc.org for more information.