When individuals receive a diagnosis of dementia, their lives change forever. So do the lives of their closest family members and friends, who often take on the role of caregiver.
In the Ottawa and Renfrew County area, some 20,000 men and women are living with dementia.
To help them cope, The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is asking you to participate in its annual Walk For Dementia this Saturday at Tunney’s Pasture.
Check-in starts at the registration tent at 8 a.m. followed by Mayor Jim Watson who will help kick things off. It’s followed by a warm-up at 9.30 a.m. and the walk starting right after.
Participants are invited to walk as families, teams or as individuals.
You can also choose from two routes: a two-kilometre loop within Tunney’s Pasture and the adjacent neighborhood, and a shorter one-km loop within the Tunney’s Pasture site. You are welcome to complete as many laps as you like. There are rest stops along the way for those who need a break.
Because of your support, this outdoor family event has become a signature gathering for over 20 years.
Proceeds are used to provide guidance and support, social programs and peer engagement, education, and information and resources for caregivers and those who are diagnosed with dementia.
Currently the Society supports over 4,000 caregivers and people with dementia, and their goal is to extend their reach.
Source and photo: Dementia Society Press Release