Grant and Sharon Stone of Summerland enjoy one of their favourite past times, just going for a walk together. Mark Brett/Western News

Create a team for the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s in Penticton

Calling on residents of Penticton to participate and stand with those who are afflicted by dementia

By Brennan Phillips

Special to the Western News

Many individuals facing the struggle with dementia don’t have to do it alone but for those who don’t have support, the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s seeks to bring change.

“Teams are so integral to the walk, and they bring a strong sense of community. Seeing people walk and fundraise to honour someone close to them who has been affected by dementia is so meaningful,” says Maribeth Friesen, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s regional manager for the Northern and Interior Regions. “We invite anyone interested in participating in the walk to create their own team. It’s such a wonderful way to bring people in your life together, while helping to create a movement to show people on the dementia journey that they do not have to walk alone.“

Related: Alzheimer’s Volunteer This Year’s Honouree

The walk is calling on residents of Penticton to participate and stand with those who are afflicted by dementia. Anyone can create a team and attend the fundraiser. Set-up is easy, simply go to walkforalzheimers.ca and follow the prompts. The Penticton walk will take place at Rotary Centennial Pavilion at 1 p.m on Sunday, May 6.

The walk will take place in 23 locations across the province and each walk is dedicated to an honouree – someone who has been affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. The Penticton walk honours Sharon Stone, who pushes to live life to the fullest despite her own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

Related: Summerland Woman Rises To The Challenges Of Alzheimer’s

According to a recent survey, more than 50 per cent of the Canadians affected by dementia have felt stigmatized or discriminated against. 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. Participants are encouraged to walk in honour, or memory of, someone in their lives who has faced dementia. Organizers suggest that one powerful way to do this is as a team.

The funds raised through the event will make a world of difference to people affected by dementia in Penticton. They will directly fund support, education and learning opportunities so people affected by dementia can live their best lives possible. Funds will also help enable research into the causes of and the cure for the disease.

Related: Dealing With Dementia

For more information, or to register visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

Just Posted

Saturday tour explores creek ecosystem

How about a walkabout on Penticton Creek?

Needle disposal boxes being installed in Penticton

City announces safe ‘sharps’ disposal plan

B.C. man facing first-degree murder charge in death of Belgian tourist

Amelie Sakkalis’ body was found on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

Accused drug smuggler appears in Penticton court

A man accused of bringing drugs across Osoyoos border appeared in court

‘Fire tornado’ erupts as firefighters battle interior B.C. wildfire

Firefighters near Vanderhoof were taken by surprise

Who’s running in Penticton’s election?

Candidates for the Penticton municipal and school board election

Trudeau upset after meeting with Saskatchewan chiefs

Trudeau is upset about how time was managed in a recent meeting

Abdelrazik torture lawsuit delay would be unconscionable: lawyer

The federal government is making a last-minute plea to delay the Federal Court hearing

Vernon police respond to accusation of delayed 911 action

Vernon RCMP are working with Westshore Estates residents following complaints of delayed 911 response.

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Filipino-Canadians concerned about family after typhoon hits Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut has killed 66 people in the Philippines and four in China

Ottawa looks at having retired judge help guide renewed pipeline review process

The feds would only says that ‘multiple options were on the table’

Canada bans use of trans fats in food products

Trans fats are know to cause heart disease

Most Read