At the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners, education is one of our top priorities.
By providing information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias we can help those not yet on the dementia journey reach an earlier diagnosis and provide strategies for families living with dementia.
Dementia Friendly Communities
Organizations and groups can learn more about dementia and how physical and social environments can be improved to make them more accessible – for all.
Eloquently described by a person living with dementia, “dementia friendly is informed kindness”.
Brain Matters Webinar
Watch our previous Brain Matters webinars HERE.
Reducing The Risk of Dementia
Finding Your Way
Half of those missing for more than 24 hours risk serious injury or death from exposure, hypothermia or drowning. Finding Your Way is a multicultural safety and awareness tool to help prevent your loved one with dementia from becoming another statistic.
Click here to learn more about the Finding Your Way
Learning About Memory Loss
Let’s Talk about Driving
What is Dementia?
Dementia isn’t a disease in actuality (although the word is commonly used that way). It is an ‘umbrella’ or overall term used to describe a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain; symptoms such as memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving and language.
When these problems become severe enough to impact a person’s ability to perform everyday activities, it is a clear indication that a person is not experiencing normal age-related cognitive issue but is, probably, living with dementia. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia (approximately 65% of all dementias in Canada), there are many other diseases that can cause dementia, including vascular dementia, Lewy body disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and others. These conditions can have similar and overlapping symptoms.
For a more information on normal aging versus dementia and on the various types of dementias, visit our national website: www.alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia