January 17, 2018

1/16/2018 10:10:01 AM


The Alzheimer Society of Elgin – St. Thomas is working to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. They are doing that throughout the month of January which is Alzheimer’s awareness month. Alzheimer’s Disease destroys brain cells and gets worse over time. It impacts each person differently and impacts their ability to remember things. In Canada 564,000 are affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Public Education Coordinator Maggie Trevitt says that when one person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s their friends and family are also impacted.  

Trevitt says that 1 in 4 Canadians will hide their Alzheimer’s diagnosis due to the stigma associated with it. The Alzheimer Society of Elgin – St. Thomas hold support groups once a month that are free to attend. They also offer a learning series on Alzheimer’s disease. They are holding a movie night at the St. Thomas Public Library on January 26th at 6 p.m. where they will be showing Still Alice.