THUNDER BAY – LIVING – The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay is calling on local residents to take part in the Society’s longest-standing nationwide fundraising event, running from September 1st to October 14th.
Coffee Break events are easy to host yet important for raising funds for local programs and services. With over 2,800 people living with dementia in the district of Thunder Bay, the need has never been more pressing. Across the country, there are an estimated 564,000 Canadians living with dementia. By 2031, this number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent. There is no known cause or cure for dementia and age remains the biggest risk factor.
“For many Canadians living with this devastating disease, the Alzheimer Society is their lifeline,” says Randy Moore, Executive Director “We provide practical support, training and information in the district of Thunder Bay, while our programs make a tremendous difference in the lives of individuals and families living with dementia. We’re encouraging our community to get involved and spread the word so we can help even more people with this disease.”
Coffee Break events are open to everyone in the community. The Alzheimer Society is also looking for businesses and other local groups to get involved. Coffee Break hosts are asked to offer a cup of coffee to participants for a donation to the Alzheimer Society. And the sky’s the limit on how big or creative they want to make their event.
These fundraisers also raise awareness and encourage discussion about the disease. Reducing stigma and misinformation is an important step in improving the quality of life for people with dementia and prolonging their independence and sense of well-being.
This year, Bulk Barn is selling decals from September 2 through September 21. On that day, local retailers and head office will match every one-dollar purchase to triple the impact in local communities.
To register and learn more about Coffee Break®, visit www.alzheimer.ca/thunderbay
The Alzheimer Society acknowledges Mother Parkers Coffee for their in-kind donation of coffee.