A national awarness campaign is on the horizon, and Vernon aims to be a part of the process.
Vernon residents will be asked to join a national awareness campaign in January to challenge public perceptions of what it means to live with dementia for January, which is national Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
“The 2018 campaign aims to convert judgment into compassion and assumptions into understanding so that people with dementia feel supported in the local community,” said Ben Rawluk, Alzheimer Society of B.C. marketing and communications coordinator. “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, 1-800-936-6033.
The regional Alzheimer Resource Centre 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.