ALZHEIMER SOCIETY YORK REGION
A number of York Region communities are proclaiming Saturday, Sept. 21 as Dementia Friendly Day for World Alzheimer's Day and lighting up a local landmark in blue and white, the colours of the Alzheimer Society in Canada.
Dementia-friendly communities are ones where neighbours, business people and government representatives in buildings and public spaces understand what Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (ADOD) is and that people living with it are more than their diagnosis.
More than 15,000 residents in York Region have been diagnosed with ADOD, a fatal disease that is not a normal part of aging. A dementia diagnosis does not mean the end of a person's ability to contribute to her community. People can live well with dementia providing friends, family and neighbours understand the disease and symptoms of it, which is part of a creating a dementia-friendly community.
Participating York Region communities include:
On Friday, Sept. 20
- Town of Newmarket, Riverwalk Commons and Fred A. Lundy Bridge on Water Street until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 21
- Alzheimer Society of York Region, Aurora office, 240 Edward St., Unit 2
- Alzheimer Society of York Region, Thornhill office, 10 Harlech Ct., Unit 2
- The City of Markham, John Daniels Gateway, 7060 Markham Rd.
- Town of Aurora (The town doesn't light up landmarks.)
- Town of East Gwillimbury (The town doesn’t do proclamations, but is lighting the civic centre, 19000 Leslie St., Sharon, in blue)
- The City of Richmond Hill
- Town of Georgina, Georgina Civic Centre, 26557 Civic Centre Rd., Keswick
By lighting up York Region in blue and white and proclaiming Sept. 21 as Dementia Friendly Day for World Alzheimer's Day, York Region is demonstrating to people living with the disease that they are still important, valued and contributing members of our communities.
September is World Alzheimer's Month a time to raise funds for and awareness about those impacted by ADOD.