As you know, through my work at the Alzheimer’s Society of Montreal, I am dedicated to the on-going efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and to support persons living with the disease, their caregivers, families and health professionals.
The Covid-19 crisis has brought to light the desperate need to care for our senior citizens, particularly those who are in long-term care residences. Most people want to keep their loved ones, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions at home.
The Alzheimer Society of Montreal is part of the solution.
The Society is at the forefront, providing community-based services to persons living with the disease, their caregivers, families and health professionals. We are only able to do this through the generous support of the public and some support from Government subventions.
Although the Alzheimer Society of Montreal has had to close our offices because of the Covid-19 crisis, our team has found creative ways to continue offering support and information to our clients and the public. For example, between March 14 and May 11,
- Our intake and referrals service has supported 186 clients remotely, primarily by phone, providing over 365 hours of consultation and counselling.
- Over 70 families have been contacted every week by our respite and stimulation coordinators and their workers to provide counsel and activity support.
- 38 support group meetings for caregivers, have taken place. 3 weekly groups and 8 monthly support groups are currently taking place. In fact we have increased the frequency of the meetings to ensure that caregivers receive the extra support they need at this challenging time.
- There have been nearly 3,000 views of the weekly mini conferences presented on Facebook Live on subjects that benefit caregivers and people living with dementia who are currently at home.
- Our team of qualified professionals provides support and advice to health care professionals who are assisting people living with dementia and caregivers in difficult situations. They can contact us by phone and through a special email address.
As you can see, the Society is contributing to the well-being of our seniors, helping to alleviate the impact of the disease and the Covid-19 crisis.
To continue, we need your support.
Our major fund raising events have had to be changed. We absolutely cannot afford to lose any funding at this critical time. Your support is urgently needed.
Here’s how you can help.
The IG Wealth Management – Walk for Alzheimer’s is a national public awareness event taking place in over 250 communities across Canada on 31 May 2020. It is also the largest fundraising event in the country for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Due to the current health emergency caused by COVID-19, the 16th Walk for Alzheimer’s in Montreal will take place online!
I am appealing to you, please, consider participating or donating to the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.
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Many, many thanks for your consideration and generosity.