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Supporting Those Living with Alzheimer's: Ways to Get Involved and Make a Difference

Alzheimer's disease is a challenging condition that not only affects individuals diagnosed with it but also deeply impacts their families and caregivers. As the prevalence of Alzheimer's continues to rise, it's crucial to rally support and resources to enhance the quality of life for those living with the disease. Fortunately, there are numerous ways in which you can contribute to this cause, whether through direct assistance, advocacy, or fundraising efforts.

  1. Educate Yourself and Others: Understanding Alzheimer's disease is the first step towards effectively supporting those affected by it. Take the time to educate yourself about the condition, its symptoms, progression, and available treatments. Share your knowledge with friends, family, and colleagues to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Alzheimer's. A wonderful resource to read is

  2. Support Caregivers: Caring for someone with Alzheimer's can be emotionally and physically demanding. Offer your support to caregivers by providing respite care, running errands, or simply lending a listening ear. Small gestures of kindness can make a significant difference in the lives of those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's.

  3. Participate in Fundraising Events: Many organizations dedicated to Alzheimer's research and support rely on fundraising efforts to finance their programs and services. Get involved by participating in charity walks, runs, or other fundraising events in your community. St. Charles Village has taken on the challenge of walking 11, 751 steps (one for every person with a dementia diagnosis in Niagara Region) on May 24th to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Society of Niagara Region. Find out how you can donate or join our team here.

4. Foster Inclusive Communities: Create inclusive environments that accommodate individuals living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Encourage businesses, public spaces, and community organizations to implement dementia-friendly practices, such as providing clear signage, offering memory-friendly activities, and training staff to interact sensitively with individuals with dementia. We are aware of the 11, 751 people diagnosed with dementia in the Niagara Region and 260,000 in Ontario, but there are so many more that have not sought help or diagnosis due to the stigma around the disease. If you think you may have, or you or a family member have been recently diagnosed with dementia, please find resources and information at the Alzheimer's Society of Niagara by clicking here. JOIN US ON FRIDAY, MAY 24TH AT 10:00 AM AT ST. CHARLES VILLAGE TO RAISE $ AND AWARNESS FOR ALZHEIMER'S IN NIAGARA REGION! If you'd like to register as a walker on our team or donate (any donation over $20.00 is eligible for a tax receipt) please call 905-788-1844 or email

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