MARCH 2 – Supporting Dementia in Canada

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Remember to support dementia when others can’t …

Time for a Cup of Tea – MARCH 2 – MAD HATTER TEA PARTY

1-8 March 2014

Time for a Cup of Tea – Mmm, is there anything better than a cup of tea? No matter what, it just seems to make everything better!

And that’s what Dementia are working to do: make things better for both people with dementia and their carers.

There are millions of people in the world with dementia. People with dementia gradually lose their memory. This can mean forgetting all sorts of things, like who people are, and activities like washing, cooking and other things.

alzheimers-ribbonAlzheimer’s disease is not an illness we can ignore. It has an overwhelming impact on the people who develop it, and the families who care for them.

To visualize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, check out this infographic on Alzheimer’s research in Canada from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The Alzheimer Society believes that we are facing a national crisis that requires innovative and integrated thinking to find effective solutions. We’re working hard to create a national dementia plan. You can help!

The number of Canadians with cognitive impairment, including dementia, is rising sharply.

According to a 2012 study commissioned by the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the number of Canadians living with cognitive impairment, including dementia, now stands at 747,000 and will double to 1.4 million by 2031. These figures comprise not only Canadians diagnosed with dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, but also those with cognitive impairment, which frequently leads to the more degenerative forms.

Canada’s health-care system is ill-equipped to deal with the staggering costs.

Today, the combined direct (medical) and indirect (lost earnings) costs of dementia total $33 billion per year. By 2040, this figure will skyrocket to $293 billion per year.

Pressures on family caregivers are mounting

In 2011, family caregivers spent 444 million unpaid hours per year looking after someone with dementia, representing $11 billion in lost income and 227,760 lost full-time equivalent employees in the work force. By 2040, they will be devoting a staggering 1.2 billion unpaid hours per year.

Canada needs a dementia plan – now

The Alzheimer Society wants a national dementia plan to help reduce the burden of dementia and to support more people with the disease across Canada.

Health-care providers, politicians, and policy makers need to focus on:

Increasing funding for research into all aspects of dementia
Promoting earlier diagnosis and intervention
Strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care
Enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce
Recognizing the needs and improving supports for caregivers

If dementia has touched you, there’s no denying that it’s heartbreaking.

All they need now – is you!

Either in a small or larger gathering, round up some people to enjoy a nice cuppa and a good old chinwag. And what makes every cup of tea? A delicious cake or biscuit of course!

So … once you have requested your fundraising pack and registered your event online you’ll receive a pack of delicious recipes and lots of information about how you can make your event a success.

Remember to ask each person for a donation – every $20 raised will pay for the Dementia helpline to provide special support for a caregiver.

Find out more about Time for a Cup of Tea and information about making your donation by visiting the official website. % of all sales will go to Dementia in Canada.

Why not set up a crossword competition too? Statistics show that doing crosswords keeps the brain active and helps prevent memory loss. Now what that clue to 1 across again …?


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