Committed to continuing to deliver supports for people living with dementia during pandemic, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. has launched its fall fundraiser — the Climb for Alzheimer’s.
The annual event, now in its 10th year, raises awareness and funds to support programs and services that help residents in Kamloops and across B.C.
The circumstances of the pandemic, coupled with recent extreme heat and fires throughout much of the province, have posed uphill challenges for many.
They have also taken an extra toll on people affected by dementia, who have experienced isolation and uncertainty, as well as a loss of many services.
In many cases, the isolating conditions can contribute to cognitive decline.
Taking place through Sept. 21, the Climb invites Kamloops, Ashcroft, Barriere, Chase, Clearwater, Lytton, Merritt and other Thompson-Nicola residents to hike local trails.
“Now, more than ever, we are pulling out all the stops to make sure British Columbians affected by dementia are able to access the support they need,” said Jen Lyle, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s chief executive officer.
“We continue to adapt our programming to a virtual setting so it is accessible, no matter where you are in the province. The majority of our funding comes from the generosity of the community — committed individuals and organizations who support us through events such as the Climb for Alzheimer’s.”
Supporters include Neptune Terminals, a long-term sponsor of this annual event.
“Dementia touches so many people. Often you won’t even know your employees are dealing with it in their families,” said Lisa Dooling of Neptune.
“By sponsoring the Climb for Alzheimer’s, we help start those conversations with our employees, at the same time as we support important services for so many people in the communities where we live and work.”
Participants can register as individuals or as a team and are encouraged to share their hiking and climbing challenges online.
To register or make a donation to the event, go online to climbforalzheimers.ca.
For questions about dementia or memory loss, or to connect to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s programs and services, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. The Helpline is available Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Information and support is also available in Punjabi (1-833-674-5003) and in Cantonese or Mandarin (1-833-674-5007), Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.