The Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts will be hosting three IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer events on Sunday, June 9, to raise funds for dementia services and programming across northeastern Ontario.
Funds will remain local and will go towards dementia support services, provided through the Alzheimer’s Society. Programs include education and awareness initiatives, in-home activation, recreation therapy, and day programs.
The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s takes place in over 300 communities across Canada through the months of May and June. Last year, the walk raised $5 million in funds.
Half a million Canadians currently live with dementia, a number which is expected to increase to almost one million in less than 15 years, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
“Everyone will be touched by dementia, whether it’s a relative, a friend or someone in their community, we need to come together and show our support for each and every one of them,” says Stephanie Leclair, Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts.
The causes of Alzheimer’s are not fully understood. A cure has not yet been found.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, there is growing evidence to suggest that regular exercise lowers the risk of dementia and improves the well-being of those living with it.
The Sudbury walk begins at the Alzheimer Society on Notre Dame at 11 am.
The North Bay walk begins at the Alzheimer Society on Devonshire Avenue at 11 am.
The Espanola walk begins from the Espanola Mall on Centre Street at 1 pm.
The events are family and pet friendly and will include a barbecue and activities for kids.