January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and the Estrie Alzheimer Society is marking the occasion by taking part in a massive Canada-wide campaign featuring people affected by the disease. In addition, following last year’s success, the organization will present the 2nd edition of its symposium for health care staff.
There is no doubt that Alzheimer's is a difficult disease; however, it is only one aspect of a person's life. After being diagnosed with a neurocognitive disease, life goes on. That's the premise of the Alzheimer Society's national campaign: Yes. I live with Alzheimer's. Let me help you understand, the goal of which is to put an end to stigma and change attitudes surrounding cognitive diseases.
Danielle Sharpe is the Estrie ambassador of the campaign. Diagnosed at age 61 with Alzheimer's, Sharpe hasn’t given up; and tackles life despite everything. "I am a laughing and dynamic person. I practice several activities, I lead an active social life and I always have a lot of fun in life,’ she said.
Sharpe continues to go to the movies, go out with friends and family, and dance. Of course, the disease has had repercussions on her life. For example, the loss of her driver's license was particularly difficult, but she found a lot of support around her. Her testimony and those of many others affected by the disease can be found at https://ilivewithdementia.ca/.
On January 29, The Estrie Society will present the 2nd edition of its symposium on Alzheimer's disease. Organized under the theme ‘The power to make a difference in the lives of people
with Alzheimer's disease’, the conference aims to equip health professionals in their work with clients with neurocognitive disorders. Conferences will touch on many aspects of the disease, in terms of science, the living environment of the person affected, and human relationships.
"Last year, we welcomed nearly 150 people for the very first edition of our conference, which proves the need for training of stakeholders working with affected clients. For a second year, they will come to gain inspiration from the conferences and will be able to acquire new knowledge to apply daily," explained Caroline Giguère, General Manager.
The conference will be held at the Sherbrooke Golf Club from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. People can register online at bit.ly/colloque-alzheimer2019. An Early Bird rate is available until Jan. 11.
The Estrie Alzheimer Society is a non-profit organization that is positioned as a key player in the region to support people with Alzheimer's or a related disease as well as their loved ones. It is the gateway to a wide range of services offered by a united team motivated by the same mission and approach. Through its various representations and involvement in the Estrie region, it works to improve the well-being and quality of life of people with the disease and their families.
For practical tips on how to support people with dementia, visit www.alzheimerestrie.com or call us at 819-821-5127.