three generationsCurrently, an estimated 22,000 Manitobans have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. This number is growing at alarming rate and by 2038 it is expected to reach over 40,700.

The total economic burden of dementia in Manitoba is close to 1 billion dollars and is expected to grow to more than 28 billion by the year 2038.

This predicted growth is a crisis. The numbers will overwhelm our families, our healthcare system and our economy if we don’t act now. We need your help to make dementia care a health priority.

It is because of people like you who share your stories or experiences and make time to connect with decision-makers, that we can make a difference and keep dementia care on the health agenda!

Raise Your Voice

The Alzheimer Society provides a voice for all Manitobans affected by dementia to all levels of government. But we can’t do it alone.

During various advocacy campaigns, the Society will need you to Raise Your Voice in order to help better the lives of people affected by dementia.

Provide your contact information below and when the time is right,  we may ask you to write or email, make a phone call, or use Facebook/Twitter to contact our political leaders about a current initiative.

Make sure to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba by following our Twitter feed (@AlzheimerMB), becoming our fan on Facebook and subscribing to our YouTube channel.

By working together we can offer the best care today and hope for a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Contact us at 204-943-6622 or toll-free at 1-800-378-6699 or email alzmb@alzheimer.mb.ca.

 

Advocacy Skills for Caregivers

Caregivers of people with dementia find they need to advocate on behalf of the person they care for and themselves.  They need to present their concerns and requests for action to other family members, community care providers and health care professionals.  Being an advocate requires skills that include problem solving, communication and often persistence.

To assist caregivers in their advocacy roles the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba has prepared a suite of factsheets:

What is an Advocate?

Getting Organized

Successful Advocacy Meetings

Building Agreement for Action

Communicating Effectively

Click here for the presentation, “Speak Up – Advocacy Skills for Caregivers”

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The Alzheimer Society thanks the

Women’s Endowment Fund of the

Jewish Foundation of Manitoba for

its support of the Advocacy Skills for

Family Caregivers project.

 

If you have any concerns regarding these or any other issues please email Norma Kirkby, Program Director or Wendy Schettler, Chief Executive Officer