Alzheimer's Learning Day - Educating East York


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Alzheimer's Learning Day: Educating East York

If we all wish to age well, we need to be aware of not only changes in our general health and well-being, but also about those conditions which are prevalent amongst the senior community and which may impact us in one way or another. Far too often, we dismiss changes in either ourselves or a loved one's behaviour as simply slowing down or having a bad day, but often these signs are symptomatic of bigger issues which need to be investigated thoroughly.

Memory loss, for example, is often incorrectly regarded as a normal part of the aging process. In reality, however, it could be an indicator of the presence of Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. In fact, as our population ages, more and more Canadians will be impacted by the disease. By 2038, it is estimated that 1.13 million Canadians will suffer from dementia, up from the approximate 500,000 that are suffering from one form or another of this disease today[1]. 

As the number of Canadians living with dementia increases so too does the need for public education for both professional and family caregivers. Like cancer, this disease is likely to leave no family un-touched and we all need to educate ourselves on the risks, prevention techniques, treatment and support options that are available to anyone who is afflicted with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

To help raise awareness and provide access to local public education programs, Home Instead Senior Care is asking members of the East York community to participate in the organization's Alzheimer's Learning Day on September 21. With September being World Alzheimer's Month, it's the perfect time to learn, educate and share knowledge around Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

To participate in Alzheimer's learning day you can simply dedicate 5, 30 or 60 minutes of your time to reading an online article, taking an e-learning class or attending an online webinar hosted by Home Instead. By undertaking this pledge to learn more, we can all become better at recognizing the risks, understanding the methods of prevention and being able to identify the needs of those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

There are many firms working diligently and tirelessly on the research and development of treatments and an overall cure, but Home Instead Senior Care has taken the lead in educating and providing people of all ages with resources on understanding and caring for people with dementia based on their own hands-on experience with programs like Alzheimer's Learning Day.

For more information about Home Instead Senior Care's Alzheimer's Learning Day and other resources related to Alzheimer's or dementia, visit AlzLearn.ca or call us at:  416 698 1384.

[1] Dementiasupport.ca, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia in Canada http://www.dementiasupport.ca/web/alzheimers-disease-and-dementia/alzheimers-disease-and-dementia-in-canada/ accessed June 16, 2017


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