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Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia

November 15, 2019
Nurse with patient

The Bayshore Foundation supports the Alzheimer Society of Canada

Do you know someone who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia? These complex conditions can have a devastating impact on individuals, families and caregivers. Read on to learn more about dementia and how we’re helping to improve quality of life for those affected.

What is dementia?

Dementia” refers to a group of disorders that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal dementia. Over time, dementia damages an individual’s brain cells, affecting his or her ability to think, remember and communicate. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are progressive and irreversible. Medications are available to treat symptoms of dementia, but there is not yet a cure.

According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, 564,000 Canadians live with dementia, and that number is expected to rise to 937,000 in the next 12 years, as our population ages. Sixty-five percent of individuals living with dementia are women.

Is it dementia or aging?

Changes in memory are common among older adults – it’s normal to occasionally forget things, misplace items or have trouble finding the right word. The memory loss and communication problems of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia are more serious, affecting a person’s abilities and daily life. Dementia can also cause disorientation, confusion and changes in behaviour, judgment, mood and personality.

If you are concerned about possible symptoms, it is important to see a physician. He or she can determine whether you’re experiencing normal changes related to aging, or if a treatable condition – such as a vitamin deficiency or a thyroid disorder – is causing dementia-like symptoms. An adverse reaction to certain medications can also cause dementia-like symptoms.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, you may feel a range of emotions, from shock or denial to sadness or relief. A diagnosis of dementia is upsetting, but early intervention can help people cope with the challenges, improve their quality of life and get the most benefit out of treatment and support programs. Making lifestyle changes may help to slow the progression of the disease.

What we’re doing to help

The Bayshore Foundation for Empowered Living supports charities that improve independence and quality of life for people who are ill, aging, or injured. Our employees raise funds for causes they care about, and we match their donations by 50% through an annual gift from Bayshore HealthCare. The money goes towards projects in the local community. To date, we have supported more than 30 charitable organizations.

In 2019, one of our fundraising recipients was the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Bayshore’s National Development Centre and our branch offices in Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon and Mississauga hosted a variety of fundraising events, and our generous employees also contributed through a payroll deduction program. These efforts raised $15,079.05. A 50% match from the Bayshore Foundation brought the total to $22,618.57.

The Alzheimer Society is using the money to improve quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Its local societies offer information, resources, education, support and counselling. The Bayshore Foundation is proud to support an organization that is making a difference in the lives of Canadians coast to coast.

For more information about the Bayshore Foundation for Empowered Living, please visit bayshorefoundation.ca..

How to get involved

Connect with your local Bayshore office or clinic, and help them support charities in your community. Thank you for your generosity!

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Ways to take action

  • Participate
  • Donate
  • Volunteer

Our charity partners

Alzheimer Society
The Salvation Army
Caregivers Alberta
Youth Haven
Wesley
We Are Young
Victoria Hospice
OpenLab
The Phoenix Centre for Children & Families
The Mark Preece Family House
Surrey Hospice Society
St. Joseph's Hospice Sarnia-Lambton
St. John Ambulance
Silver Harbour Centre
River Valley Cancer Support Group
QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation
Parkinson Association of Alberta
Operation Friendship Seniors Society
Ontario Brain Injury Association
MS Society of Canada
Make Children Better Now
Lisaard and Innisfree Hospices
Legion National Foundation
Lanark County Interval House and Community Support
Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation
Jack.org
Hospice Wellington
Hospice Prince Edward
Hospice Greater Saint John
Hospice Southeast New Brunswick
Hospice Fredericton
Good Neighbours Active Living Centre
The Food Bank of York Region
Eden Food for Change
The Dorothy Ley Hospice
Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Connected in Motion
Community Living Central York
Community Home Support Lanark County
Children's Link
Hospice Cornwall
Candlelighters Simcoe
Canadian Cancer Society
Brain Injury Association of Windsor & Essex County
Blue Door Soup Kitchen
Beth Donovan Hospice
Alberta Cancer Foundation
Rural Ottawa South Support Services (ROSSS)