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Four-part series hopes to provide insight into Alzheimer’s

January 15, 2021   ·   0 Comments

The number of people living with dementia is on the rise.

With costs of care-giving expected to rise to around $12 billion by 2040, the Alzheimer Societies across Ontario are trying to build connections between families, care-givers, and patients.

During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society will launch a four-part short film series that follows a woman named Alecia, a mother and grandmother who lives with Alzheimer’s. The film includes her family as they confront this disease head-on and share their story, struggle, and moments of connection.

“We are so thankful to Alicia and her family for sharing their important story,” said Debbie Islam, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County. “Their story helps represent the other 1.1 million Canadians who are currently affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia and reminds us about the importance of support and the power of love.”

The four-part series allows viewers to step inside the lives of Alicia, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ten years ago.

Alicia’s daughter Judy, who is also her care partner, and the rest of her family share how this disease affects Alicia and her family and the challenges and heartbreak they face.

“I hope by sharing our story, it shows others who are going through similar situations that they are not alone,” Judy said. “Sharing and connecting with others is so important. It changes everything.”

In Simcoe County it is estimated that over 10,000 people aged 65 and over are living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly weakens memory, thinking, skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

Currently there are 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s diagnosed in Canada each year and that number is expected to triple by 2050.

The four-part film series will be launched on January 7.

You can view it by visiting on-line at bit.ly/alicia-story.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter



         


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