Cof­fee Breaks for Alzheimer

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As the num­ber of Cana­di­ans se­niors con­tinue to spi­ral, so too does the in­ci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

in Ox­ford County over 2,000 peo­ple over the age of 65 have been di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and num­bers are only ex­pected to in­crease sub­stan­tially over the next decade.

“The need is ris­ing for pro­grams and ser­vices of the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety be­cause the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected by the dis­ease are grow­ing ev­ery year,” said Shel­ley green, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ox­ford County.

The neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease causes the death of brain cells, which causes mem­ory loss and cog­ni­tive de­cline.

The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ox­ford re­ceives 62 per cent of its fund­ing from the LHiN, while 38 per cent comes from com­mu­nity do­na­tions and fundrais­ers.

“We teach peo­ple how to live to keep their brain healthy, cop­ing strate­gies for mem­ory loss and a va­ri­ety of other top­ics,” she said.

Last year the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived 3,500 vis­its and pro­vided ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing to the gen­eral pub­lic, em­ploy­ees of care fa­cil­i­ties and health-care work­ers.

The Alzheimer So­ci­ety said one way to as­sist with fundrais­ing is to host a cof­fee break by invit­ing friends, fam­ily or co­work­ers for cof­fee or any other bev­er­age. The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ox­ford pro­vides a host kit. For more in­for­ma­tion about cof­fee breaks con­tact Cathy Hill at 519-4212466. HRivers@post­

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