The Alzheimer Journey: First Steps
Edmundston, Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton, Petitcodiac, St. George and Saint John
The Alzheimer Society of NB is pleased to be able to offer ‘The Alzheimer Journey - First Steps’ in both French and English, province wide! This FREE education series is designed to provide information to persons living with the early symptoms of dementia as well as to their family members. The five consecutive weeks of education will introduce families to important topics that will help guide them through the process of learning how to live with dementia.
Topics include: What is Dementia? Communication & Coping Strategies Navigating the System Legal Matters Resources & Support
This is offered every March and October. Please call to register for ’The Alzheimer Journey - First Steps’ nearest you. 1-800-664-8411
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month
Don’t Delay! Reach out Today.
Attending programs offered by the Alzheimer Society may help families avoid crisis says Alzheimer Society during Alzheimer Awareness Month
Even though the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick has information, education and support programs available across the province, families often delay contacting the Society until they reach their ‘breaking point’. That is why during Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick launching a new campaign, Don’t Delay! Reach out Today. to promote the benefits of connecting to Alzheimer Society and their programs early.
Accessing programs earlier opens the door to important information, education and support. The Alzheimer Society can help families and people with dementia empower themselves with knowledge about the disease, prepare and plan for the future, as well as helping reducing feeling of isolation.
Each day, 7 New Brunswickers develop Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. “We want to make sure that they are getting the help they need at every stage of the disease,” says Chandra MacBean, Executive Director Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick. “We often hear from families that our programs have helped tremendously and families lament that they wish they had reached out sooner.”
“In fact, research indicates that if families access support, education and information earlier in the disease process, it can improve their confidence in the caregiving role, and prevent crisis down the road,” says MacBean. “The benefits of having access to services and support early in the disease process cannot be underestimated”
The Alzheimer Society is excited to be launching a new and innovative province-wide program called, Memory Café. Alzheimer disease and related dementias can be a very isolating for both those diagnosed and their family members. A Memory Café combines aspects of socialization, education and activity within a safe and inclusive environment.
Memory Cafés are designed to create a community of support, with inclusiveness as the backbone of the program. The Alzheimer Society offers this program to those impacted by memory loss, no matter the diagnosis, or stage of progression. Family members of all ages, formal and informal caregivers and the general public are also invited to attend.
Throughout January, New Brunswickers are encouraged to contact their local Alzheimer Society or visit their website, www.alzheimernb.ca , to learn more about Memory Cafés, how to start a new Memory Café in your community, how to become a volunteer, and to learn more about other Society programs.
About Alzheimer’s disease
Today, over 13000 New Brunswickers are living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia, with this number expected to double in less than 20 years. Although New Brunswick's aging demographic will continue to fuel these numbers, the Alzheimer Society is here to offer information, education and support through the progression of the disease.
Memory Cafe in Fredericton
The Memory Cafe provides entertainment, education and support for those living with dementia, their families and caregivers. Held on the last Sunday of each month from 2 until 4pm at the St-John Anglican Church, 75 Main St, Fredericton NB.