Alzheimer’s Society of P.E.I. prepares for awareness conference

Published on January 10, 2017

Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, left, Lt. Gov. Frank Lewis, Jess Wood and Kate Shreenan take part in a recent flag-raising ceremony at Fanningbank for the launch of Alzheimer Awareness Month.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. is taking on some new projects in January, which is Alzheimer awareness month.

During a ceremony at Fanningbank on World Alzheimer’s Day, the society launched “What Grandma Means to Say,” an educational resource for students in grades 4 to 6.

The society is also partnering with the Union of Public Sector Employees on a survey about educational models that best meet the needs of its members.

The launch of these programs leads into the fifth annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference, Jan. 19 at the Murchison Centre, which will focus on promoting physical, mental and social health to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

The society says there are 2,492 Islanders living with dementia this year.

“We can not change this disease or find a cure without Islanders getting involved with our campaign, increasing knowledge, networking, raising your voice and stopping the stigma,” said the society’s CEO Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw in a news release.

“We are excited to share our progress provincially on First Link, nationally on Bill C-14 and C-233 and to release some action-packed news.”

Space for the conference is limited, so those who wish to register can contact 902-628-227 or email society@alzpei.ca.

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For details on the conference:

http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/pei/News-%20and-%20Events/Upcoming-Events/January%20Awareness%20Month

 

 

Conference presenters:

-Dr. Timothy Stultz, provincial geriatrician

-Gordon MacNeilly, BFF instructor

Dementia Friends Panel:

Kaelin Fisher

Corinne Arsenault

Jill Nicholson

Bethany Doyle

Fred Foster and Lew Robinson

Dr. Annabelle Cohen, music research

Karen Jackson, UPSE president