Honour the Caregiver Award

In honour of January as Alzheimer’s month The Medical Arts Health Research Group announced a South Okanagan Honour the Caregiver Award

In honour of January as Alzheimer’s month The Medical Arts Health Research Group is pleased to announce a South Okanagan Honour the Caregiver Award for caregivers who go above and beyond.

More than 500,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with dementia and over one million Canadians are caregivers for these family members.

The Honour the Caregiver Award recognizes one incredible caregiver in the South Okanagan who selflessly loves to help others.

For details on how to share your favourite caregiver story visit HealthResearchca.org. Deadline for story entries is Feb. 7.

In honour of January as Alzheimer’s month The Medical Arts Health Research Group is pleased to announce a South Okanagan Honour the Caregiver Award for caregivers who go above and beyond.

More than 500,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with dementia and over one million Canadians are caregivers for these family members.

The Honour the Caregiver Award recognizes one incredible caregiver in the South Okanagan who selflessly loves to help others.

For details on how to share your favourite caregiver story visit HealthResearchca.org. Deadline for story entries is Feb. 7.

Many Penticton residents are this month making one of their most important New Year’s resolutions ever. They’re becoming Dementia Friends, committing to learning a little bit about dementia so they can be supportive and inclusive toward people with the illness, which has become one of the country’s most pressing health issues. Statistics suggest three out of four area residents know someone living with dementia.

“People affected by dementia continue to live in and be a part of our communities, and we can support them to stay connected in ways that are meaningful for them,” said Laurie Myres, regional education and support co-ordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. for Penticton and the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

The Dementia Friend campaign is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, which runs until the end of January. Becoming a Dementia Friend starts by signing up at DementiaFriends.ca.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s South Okanagan and Similkameen branch helps people with dementia and their care partners. Penticton residents can find out about upcoming education sessions by contacting Laurie Myres at 250-493-8182 (toll-free 1-888-318-1122) or lmyres@alzheimerbc.org, and visiting www.alzheimerbc.org.