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The Alzheimer Society sets a flag for awareness in the Cornwall city hall



Mayor Bernadette Clement (left) and Shelley Vaillancourt, executive director of the Alzheimer's Cornwall Society and the district, raising a flag at Cornwall Town Hall. Photo on Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton / Network Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Postmedia

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Alzheimer's executive director in Cornwall and the county is excited about this year's national awareness campaign.

"What's cool this year is that the information comes directly from professionals, people who live (with dementia) every day," said Shelley Vaillancourt, immediately after the mayor of Cornwall town Bernadette Clement joined the city hall on Thursday afternoon . Month of Alzheimer's awareness by raising the flag of society.

This year's campaign focuses on people living with dementia, including Alzheimer's, and the elimination of stigma. The campaign title is: "Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand. "

"We will contact the experts," said Pauline Tardif, executive director of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "We believe that exchanging stories of Canadians living with dementia will encourage a more open, supportive and inclusive dialogue on dementia."

Work needs to be done. In the online survey in 2017, commissioned by the Alzheimer Society, 51 percent of Canadians admitted that they used derogatory or stigmatizing language about dementia; about 30 percent said they said jokes related to dementia.

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More than half a million Canadians live with dementia.

Dementia is a general term that refers to various brain disorders, and the number of people affected is expected to increase to over 900,000 over the next 15 years.

Vaillancourt said that 3,600 people live in five local districts living with dementia.

"This figure will double by 2031," she said.

But Cornwall is a community that is dementia-friendly and more and more companies and organizations are embarking on.

"We are ready to cooperate with organizations and businesses if they touch us," said Vaillancourt.

Free training is available by March 31 of this year, and more information can be obtained at Vaillancourt at 613-932-4914 ext. 204 or by email alzheimered@one-mail.on.ca.

Please also note that the Sou's On On event for collecting money for Alzheimer's Society on January 22 in a civilian complex.

Alzheimer's society is a national, non-profit network of regional and local societies and volunteers. Chapter Cornwall and District was founded in 1985 as a self-help group and in 1986 it was given charity status.

The chapter serves SD & G, Akwesasne, Prescott and Russell.

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