Jan­uary is Alzheimer’s Aware­ness Month

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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

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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.

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