Month ded­i­cated to Alzheimer’s

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - LORA CHARBONNEAU

Jan­uary has been pro­claimed alzheimer’s aware­ness month.

“The ma­jor­ity of the Tim­mins pop­u­la­tion is over the age of 60, which is why rais­ing aware­ness about alzheimer’s dis­ease is so im­por­tant in our com­mu­nity,” said Kar­lie lyt­tle, fundrais­ing and aware­ness co­or­di­na­tor of the Tim­mins chap­ter of the alzheimer so­ci­ety of Canada.

aware­ness about alzheimer’s dis­ease is ex­tremely im­por­tant be­cause it af­fects so many peo­ple and the num­bers of those af­fected keeps grow­ing, said lyt­tle added.

On Mon­day, Tim­mins Mayor steve Black signed a procla­ma­tion, at the re­quest of the alzheimer so­ci­ety, declar­ing alzheimer’s aware­ness month.

ev­ery Jan­uary, The alzheimer so­ci­ety takes the op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on the ef­fects that alzheimer’s has on in­di­vid­u­als with the dis­ease, as well as their care­givers. alzheimer’s dis­ease is an ir­re­versible dis­ease that de­stroys brain cells, caus­ing think­ing abil­ity and mem­ory to de­te­ri­o­rate.

lyt­tle ex­plained there are more than 5.4 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als who have been di­ag­nosed with alzheimer’s dis­ease in Canada. aware­ness, early de­tec­tion, and treat­ment are key com­po­nents to bat­tling the dis­ease.

Mayor Black added that, “alzheimer’s is an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult dis­ease to live with and it is im­por­tant that as a com­mu­nity we do ev­ery­thing we can to help fundrais­ing and aware­ness ef­forts.”

lyt­tle ex­plained that in Fe­bru­ary the alzheimer so­ci­ety will once again be host­ing its “win­ter ride” fundraiser. snow­mo­bile en­thu­si­ast are in­vited to join in on a ride that will help pro­mote aware­ness of the dis­ease and to raise funds for the alzheimer so­ci­ety.

The event con­sists of a snow­mo­bile ride and a brunch with an out­door fire at the ra­mada inn. To par­tic­i­pate in both the snow­mo­bile ride and the brunch, it will cost $50; to par­tic­i­pate in only the brunch will cost $15, and for only the snow­mo­bile ride it will cost $35.

For reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion, visit the alzheimer so­ci­ety of­fice in Tim­mins at 70 Cedar st. s. in the Palace Plaza or call 705-2684554.

LORA CHARBONNEAU/FOR THE DAILY PRESS

Kar­lie Lyt­tle, fundrais­ing and aware­ness co­or­di­na­tor at the Tim­mins chap­ter of the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Canada and Mayor Steve Black sign a procla­ma­tion declar­ing Jan­uary Alzheimerís aware­ness month in Tim­mins.

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