It’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month across Canada.

The theme this year is “Yes persons live with dementia, but they can help you understand.”

Sarah Putman, the Manager of Education Services with the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region says it’s important to shine a light on this topic.

“Today more than half a million Canadians live with dementia; that includes Alzheimer’s disease and unrelated other memory changes. In less than 15 years that number is expected to double to almost 1 million.”

Putman adds approximately 220,000 people live with dementia province wide and about 10,077 of which live in Niagara.

“Our goal here in Niagara is to continue to provide lots of programs that provide both social opportunities, educational opportunities and support for persons who have been diagnosed with dementia and are either living with that diagnosis or caring for someone.”

For every one person diagnosed with dementia, another 10 people are affected.

The Society has lots of events on tap this month to raise awareness. They will be hosting a book reading with author Mike Barns at the Niagara Falls Library on Monday January 14th and a public forum at the St. Catharines Public Library on Thursday January 17th.

They also have the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sunday January 27th at Brock University’s Ian Beddis Gym.

Registration will get underway at 9:30 a.m. and Putman says it should be fun for all ages.

“We’re going to have Star Wars characters and an opportunity for balloon animals and all sorts of things; it’s a great family friendly event.”

You can find more information online here.

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