By Tyler Sutherland
January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba will be marking the occasion with a support group devoted for people living with dementia.
Through a nation-wide campaign called, “See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia,” the society aims to break the stigmas of dementia, address myths about the disease, shift attitudes and make it easier to talk about dementia.
A support group on Thursday, January 3 will begin the process in Winnipeg.
“We need to rethink how we interact with people who have dementia. By talking more openly about the disease, we can learn to support people and families living with dementia,” said Cheryl Demasi, client support coordinator, who will be leading the group.
More than 20,000 Manitobans currently live with dementia.