January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month
It's time for understanding. That's why we're shining a light on the facts about people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. We're challenging misconceptions so that the stigma that surrounds the disease can be reduced. So thank you. Thank you for taking a moment to hear our stories. You'll quickly see that it's not an "old person's disease." And it doesn't signal the end of a life. What's true is it happens in stages, but what is always constant is that there are still lives to be lived, dreams to pursue and people to love.
CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
Last September, we introduced the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia. The Charter defines seven explicit rights to empower Canadians living with dementia to advocate for themselves. It also ensures that people and organizations can support these Canadians by knowing and protecting their rights.
Take a moment to learn about each of the Charter rights and how you can become a vocal advocate in support of people living with dementia.
LIFE WITH DEMENTIA
The best way to understand the impact of stigma is to hear it directly from people living with dementia. Take a moment to meet some of the people who have generously shared their inspiring stories.
HOW DO YOU PERCEIVE DEMENTIA?
It only takes a few minutes (just 10 multiple choice questions) and the results may surprise you. By learning more, you’re helping yourself to better understand dementia and be a vocal advocate to help end stigma.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Misconceptions are often at the root of stigma. Find out more about communication, behaviour, safety and more. You can even get involved right in your community.
FIND US IN YOUR COMMUNITY
The Alzheimer Society is active in communities right across Canada. To learn more about dementia and how you can make a difference in your community, please contact your local Alzheimer Society.