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Walking Together: The Okanagan’s Fight Against Dementia

On Sunday, May 26, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will host its largest annual fundraiser
Participants will set out to support the more than 85,000 B.C. residents living with dementia on Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Photo contributed)

There are nearly 86,000 people in B.C. living with dementia.

An Alzheimer Society of Canada report predicts 247,000 will be diagnosed with the disease by 2050.

With the prevalence of the disease on the rise, many individuals and caregivers are struggling to access the care they need.

On Sunday, May 26, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. (ASBC) will host its largest annual fundraiser, the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, presented by Go Auto.

The Walk funds crucial programs and services including dementia education, support groups, and the ASBC’s dementia helpline.

It’s also an opportunity to reduce the stigma surrounding dementia and promote active, social lifestyles.

“Dementia affects everyone,” said Cathryn France, ASBC chief development officer. “Everyone has a role to play in changing its future.”

She added that society is grateful for everyone who joins walks across B.C.

Provincial patrons, including the Aune Foundation, Cowell Foundation, and Lecky Foundation, will match online donations up to $100,000 until Sunday.

“No one should ever have to walk the dementia journey alone,” said Michael Hladun, senior vice president of Go Auto. “We are proud to support the collective effort of walkers, volunteers, and supporters.”

Information about donations and registration is available on the WalkForAlzheimers website.

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Gary Barnes

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