Approximately 300 marchers from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean are expected in anticipation of the March for Alzheimer’s to be held Sunday, May 26 at Pavillon Wilbrod-Dufour Alma. The Alzheimer Society Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean wants to raise $ 50,000 during the event that is taking place simultaneously in several Canadian cities.
“It’s an activity that raises awareness and raises funds. The funds raised are used to maintain and develop services, “explains Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Alzheimer Society Development Director Guylaine Thériault. It reminds donors that the money raised does not leave the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region.
A few weeks before the event, registrations are going well. Madame Thériault simply explains it while “the disease is worrying in almost every home. People are becoming more aware and open to help. ”
The festive day will be held under the honorary presidency of Gilles Boily, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus of Alma, will include, in addition to walking, a dinner mechoui, animation and several draws.
Registration is possible via the Walk for Alzheimer’s website. Participants can register at a cost of $ 30 as regular walkers. It is also possible to participate only in walking or dinner.
The Alzheimer Society of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean provides services to approximately 1,700 people living with the disease and their families in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Every week, a dozen new files of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s are added.
“Each person affected can reach up to 10 people, including spouses, children and their spouses, as well as grandchildren,” says Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Alzheimer Society Development Director Guylaine Thériault.
Although surprising, this number remains low while Alzheimer’s disease can affect many more people. Ms. Thériault cites as an example a person who has brothers and sisters in addition to his own family. “These people do not all come to the office. In turn, they receive help, “says one who works at the regional administrative center of the company located in the former Caisse populaire Saint-Sacrement of Alma.
The Alzheimer Society of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has three service points in Saguenay, three in Lac-Saint-Jean and one in Chibougamau. The same services are offered in each sector. “In five years, we have doubled the services. We also doubled the requests. This is a good indicator because now, we work a lot in precocity, “explains Guylaine Thériault.
She notes that younger patients are turning more quickly to help. Thus, awareness seems to have won its battle against denial and isolation.
Ms. Thériault recalls that the Alzheimer Society of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean helps people organize themselves in order to maintain a quality of life on a daily basis. After all, an average patient can coexist with the disease for a period of 15 to 20 years.
People living with the disease or caregivers can get services from the organization. While the region has about 7,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, this number is expected to double in about fifteen years.