World Alzheimer's Day September 21

September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.  It is an opportunity to raise awareness and increase understanding about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive, degenerative and fatal brain disease, in which cell to cell connections in the brain are lost and brain cells eventually die. 

In Waterloo Wellington, today, more than 10,000 people over the age of 65 are living with dementia. By 2020, that number is expected to increase by 34% to more than 13,500 people.

The integration of the Alzheimer’s Societies of Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph Wellington created a new Alzheimer’s Society of Waterloo Wellington. This has improved coordination of programs and increased the number of residents the agency serves. That means residents living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their families/caregivers, are benefiting from the development of a single standard of care, increased services, and better care coordination. 

“More residents living with Alzheimer and other dementias in Waterloo Wellington are now able to access better coordinated care and services as a result of the three societies joining together. We applaud the commitment of these organizations to put the best interest of our residents first. Their voluntary integration is a shining example of how by working together we can achieve better health, better care and better value for our residents.”
- Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network

For more information, read on Alzheimer’s in Canada check out the Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society.