According to a recent survey, more than 50 per cent of the Canadians affected by dementia have felt stigmatized or discriminated against; for many, it’s a lonely disease. Oak Bay residents can help change that by creating a team and participating in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday, May 6.
The walk is a fun and family-friendly way to create a movement, while sending a message of inclusion and hope to the estimated 70,000 British Columbians currently living with dementia, and the people who care for them. A similar walk occures in 23 locations across the province with each dedicated to an honouree – someone affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. The Victoria Walk honours Jeff Woodburn. Participants are also encouraged to walk in honour or memory of someone in their lives who has faced dementia.
“Teams are integral because they bring an incredible amount of energy and meaning to the event. It’s a great opportunity for families, colleagues and friends to band together to make a difference,” says Mark Leslie, who is the Victoria event’s volunteer co-chair.
To set-up a team, visit walkforalzheimers.ca and follow the prompts. Funds raised through the event go toward support, education and learning opportunities so people affected by dementia can live their best lives possible. Funds also help enable research into the causes of and the cure for the disease, so we can look to a world without dementia.
The Victoria Walk is at Clover Point Park on May 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. ceremony. For more information, or to register visit walkforalzheimers.ca.
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