Police Academy cadets supporting Alzheimer’s Society

Published on March 14, 2014

Cadets from the Atlantic Police Academy are preparing canvass in support of the Alzheimer’s Society of P.E.I. Among those taking apart fro from the left Cadets: Derrick Meisner, Ahmad El Shair, Andrea Arsenault, Jonathan Theriault, Samantha Ellis, René Cormier, Cole Gallant, Sebastien Lee, Corey McAllister, and Kate MacKinnon, Alzheimer Society of P.E.I. Education Coordinator

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SUMMERSIDE - Sixty Atlantic Police Academy cadets will be out in full force in Summerside on Sunday, March 23, canvassing door-to-door in support of the Alzheimer Society and the 2346 Islanders currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 


Since 2011, the Society has partnered with the academy to provide education to their cadets on ‘Search is an Emergency’ and how to recognize, communicate with, and respond to someone with Alzheimer’s disease in various situations.

“Given the increasing number of people with dementia, as a police officer working in the community, you are likely to encounter such individuals,” said Inspector Phillip Strachan. “The circumstances under which you come into contact with individual with dementia may range from finding a person who is wandering or lost, to dealing with someone who has been disturbing the peace or has been involved in a criminal activity, such as shoplifting. Preparing our cadets with strategies to handle these common situations is important.”

He said the Atlantic Police Academy wants to ensure the recruits understand the importance of giving back to the community. In return for receiving this knowledge, the Cadets volunteer their time to canvass door-to-door for the Society to ensure that programs and services are there for Islanders when they need them.

When Alzheimer's disease affects each area of the brain, certain functions can be lost such as the ability to recognize familiar places, the ability to remember one's own name or address, or the ability to communicate. The loss of these abilities can result in changes to a person's behaviour. For example, a person may leave home, become confused and get lost. This behaviour can be dangerous for people with Alzheimer's disease. It is also worrisome for family members and caregivers.

Every five minutes, a Canadian is diagnosed with dementia and that number is expected to rise to a new case every two minutes by 2038. While these numbers are scary, they contribute to the motivation to raise much-needed funds.

“We are grateful to the support of all our volunteers across P.E.I. and, in particular today, we are thankful to our partnership with the Atlantic Police Academy cadets under the stewardship of Inspector Strachan.  We can provide Help for Today and Hope for Tomorrow,” said Corrine Hendricken-Eldershaw, CEO Alzheimer Society of P.E.I.