Seniors’ Column

This week's column discusses the upcoming provincial election and making a difference in those affected by Alzheimer's Disease.

With the 2017 provincial election fast approaching, now is the ideal time to speak not only to individuals, but also to the electoral candidates who reside within our region concerning how one can make a difference in the lives of people who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The Alzheimer Society of BC is now producing Connections, an informative flagship publication for people around the province who are affected by or are concerned about dementia.

The inaugural issue focuses on persons who are raising their voices as constituents and advocates, as caregivers, volunteers and also fundraisers in order to call attention to this disease. We are being called to help build a society which is friendlier, more accepting and more supportive of persons who are facing the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s.

‘The Society’s vision is that of a world without this disease and other dementias. Until this day comes, the advocates for change are working twards a world in which people living with the disease are welcomed, acknowledged and are included.

According to promotors of awareness, it will take a movement to support, educate and to advocate for change. The Alzheimer’s Society is calling upon those who are part of the movement to regard dementia as an election issue by sharing awareness of the disease, and learn how to work toward changing attitudes in order to lessen the stigma of dementia which exists at present.

Sponsored by the Nakusp and area Better at Home non-profit organization, a Nakusp dementia workshop will take place on Friday, May 5 from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. (lunch will be served), at the Nakusp Seniors’ Hall, 210-8 Ave. NW.

Participants will receive basic information about dementia and the impact this disease has on the individual, caregivers and families.

Through an exploration of how dementia affects the brain and behaviour across the progression of the disease, caregivers will learn what to expect throughout the journey.

There is no charge in order to attend the workshop, however a pre-registration is required insufficient numbers of registrants would mean the cancellation of this event.

To register and for further information, e-mail or call 250-265-8747.