VANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s Alzheimer Awareness Month urges Northern residents to help imagine a better future for people living with dementia.

The theme of the campaign, which is all month long, is changing the future.

B.C wants to be a dementia-friendly province, where people affected are acknowledged, supported, and included.

Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Northern Interior Education Coordinator Laurie DeCroos says it’s time to take real action for the future of people with the disease.

“The pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of the estimated 70,000 British Columbians living with dementia in B.C., including residents in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, and other Northern communities.”

As part of the awareness month, residents are invited to take part in a special webinar on January 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. entitled “Raise your voice: Dementia, long-term care and Covid-19.”

The presentation will feature a panel of experts and people with lived experience who will discuss the challenges of balancing health and safety concerns with ensuring families can support people living with dementia.

“It is important to remember that these individuals have much to share, both with respect to directing their own care and contributing to society at large,” says Emily Clough from Clark Wilson LLP, who is moderating the panel. “We owe our elders, and those closest to them, a duty to listen and to respect their dignity and autonomy. Together we can create a safer, more inclusive future for individuals and families coping with dementia.”

To learn more about or register for the webinar, visit the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia website.