Month dedicated to Alzheimer’s
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.
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.