Coffee Breaks for Alzheimer
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@postmedia.com