Are you one of the two-thirds of British Columbians who have personally known someone living with dementia?
If you are living with dementia or know someone else who is, you can show your support for them by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. The fundraiser in support of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. takes place at the Nelson Rotary Lakeside Park at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 5.
The event provides an opportunity to remember or honour people in our lives who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with the disease today. Each of the 21 events across B.C. is
dedicated to an honouree – an individual or group affected by dementia, or who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease. This year the Nelson Walk honours Cheryl Maglio-Foote.
Cheryl filled her days with music, art, theatre, dining with friends and spending time with her three daughters Ashley, Alyssa and Erica, and later, three grandsons Ethan, Beau and Riley.
When Cheryl started to pull back from her favourite things and isolate herself socially, her family knew something was wrong: her dementia was
already rapidly progressing.
“We were all crushed,” Ashley says. “I had just had a baby and my sister was pregnant. We were crushed that she was never going to get to enjoy her grandchildren. She would have been the best grandmother.”
Added to their sadness was the stress of sudden financial and medical decision-making, beginning with establishing power of attorney processes that could have been less stressful had they recognized the signs
earlier and sought help, Ashley says.
While Cheryl’s daughters have relied on a strong family support network,
Ashley says, Alzheimer Society of B.C. support groups are a valuable resource for other families who are carrying the weight of caregiving on their own.
Funds raised at the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s help enable Alzheimer Society of B.C. support and education in Nelson and help facilitate research into the causes of and the cure for the disease, so we can look towards a world without dementia.
For a limited time, people who fundraise in support of this event can make twice the difference. For every gift made online to the Walk in B.C. before April 14, an extremely generous donor has pledged to match donations up to a total of $100,000.
To double your impact and support people, like Cheryl Maglio-Foote, who are on the dementia journey, register at walkforalzheimers.ca today.