Thinking, memory, the ability to perform daily activities…all these and more are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disease.
747,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. One of the most costly diseases for society, the combined cost (medical and lost earnings) for dementia care is $33 billion a year – not counting the over $444 million in unpaid hours provided by family caregivers.
THEN: For many years since being identified in 1901, the medical community did not understand much about the disease and caregivers had a few resources to help them cope.
Enter the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
NOW: The Alzheimer’s Society offers programs and services, including education, support and counselling, to help families living with dementia.
Living Proof of Donations at Work
“The Alzheimer’s Society provided me with non-stop support throughout my husband’s illness. At every step of the way, they had some sort of information that would help me to know what to do now, with the next part of [my husband’s] illness.”