Alzheimer dinner speaker to tout ‘dementia-friendly communities’


The guest speaker at next weekend’s “Forget Me Not” charitable dinner for the local Alzheimer Society here will talk about understanding dementia and “Dementia-Friendly Communities.”
According to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, more people are diagnosed with dementia every year and choose to live at home in their community throughout their dementia journey.
The questions are: how can we better support people with dementia to live well, and how can people living with dementia be leaders in building “Dementia-Friendly Communities?”
Dr. Barry Campbell, the medical director of geriatric psychiatry for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba, and a board member of the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, told the Times he plans to talk about this during the dinner, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at La Place Rendez-Vous.
The notion of “Dementia-Friendly Communities” is gaining momentum across the globe, and many people are joining the Alzheimer Society in showing their support for people with dementia and their care partners, Dr. Campbell said.
In simplest terms, a “Dementia-Friendly Community” is a place where people living with dementia are understood, respected, and supported; an environment where people living with dementia will be confident that they can contribute to community life.
In a “Dementia-Friendly Community,” says the Alzheimer Society, people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people living with dementia will be included and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives and level of engagement.
To find out more, attend the dinner, which also will include fine dining, live entertainment by local duo “Entyrely Mac,” and a prize auction.
This event will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6.
Tickets cost $50 each or $400 for a table of eight, which can be purchased at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts and the Rendez-Vous, or by calling toll-free 1-800-682-0245.
A $25 charitable tax receipt will be issued.
Proceeds will go to the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts to deliver programs and services at no cost to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Events like the “Forget Me Not” dinner are important to the local Alzheimer Society, as those who attend provide support and bring awareness to the cause.
The local Alzheimer Society helps more than 1,000 people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Last year’s dinner here raised $4,250.