ZOOMER Magazine - - VITALITY - Find­ingYourWayOn­

For Jan Dar­bey and Fred Arnold, an Alzheimer’s di­ag­no­sis wasn’t earth shat­ter­ing. Fred was told he had de­vel­oped the pro­gres­sive dis­ease that causes mem­ory loss nearly two years ago. While the prog­no­sis was fright­en­ing, the cou­ple has stuck to a mantra: don’t see the end of the road, but all the good liv­ing along the way. Both Fred and Jan are ac­tive in their home­town of Kingston, On­tario, and par­tic­u­larly within the Alzheimer’s com­mu­nity where they have made con­nec­tions with fam­i­lies in the same sit­u­a­tion. The cou­ple are ad­vo­cates for de­men­tia aware­ness and use their voice to ed­u­cate both the gen­eral pub­lic and peo­ple di­rectly im­pacted by the dis­ease. They say it’s vi­tal to read up on safety-re­lated top­ics to help peo­ple with de­men­tia live safely. Point­ing to the Find­ing Your Way® Liv­ing Safely with De­men­tia Re­source Guide de­vel­oped by the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of On­tario, Jan and Fred say that life with de­men­tia can be safe, ful­fill­ing and joy-filled. The Find­ing Your Way® Liv­ing Safely with De­men­tia Re­source Guide pro­vides tips and strate­gies to help peo­ple live safely at home. Peo­ple liv­ing with Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence changes in bal­ance, vis­ual per­cep­tions, mem­ory and judge­ment. Through com­mu­nity out­reach and with tools like the Re­source Guide, the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of On­tario seeks to pre­pare peo­ple to man­age incidents of get­ting lost and ad­dress po­ten­tial safety is­sues. The Re­source Guide is a crit­i­cal tool given sixty per­cent of peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia will go miss­ing at some point, of­ten with­out warn­ing. The Re­source Guide al­lows users to ex­plore safety plans, helps them as­sess their liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment and en­cour­ages peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia to re­main en­gaged in their com­mu­ni­ties and stay ac­tive. Jan Dar­bey says ed­u­ca­tion through tools like the Re­source Guide is in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia safe and happy. She stresses on­go­ing af­fir­ma­tions of love and re­spect and to en­sure that peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia know that their opin­ions mat­ter, be­cause they do more than ever.

Since 1983, the Alzheimer So­ci­ety of On­tario has been ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for On­tar­i­ans liv­ing with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and other de­men­tias and ad­vanc­ing the search for a cure. To learn more about the Find­ing Your Way Liv­ing Safely with De­men­tia Re­source Guide, visit

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