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Lauren volunteers to learn new skills

Lauren volunteers to learn new skills

Why do I volunteer? I took on this volunteer position to learn and expand my skills. This position allows me to do that and make a difference in the lives of people with dementia and their caregivers.  It’s great to know my work has a purpose. What is my background? I am employed with an adult day program for people with dementia. I have also volunteered with the Alzheimer Society in other cities, such as with their Volunteer Companion Program…

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Graham volunteers for experience and to give back

Graham volunteers for experience and to give back

Why do I volunteer? I volunteer with the Alzheimer Society of Ontario because I want to contribute to the strength of the education and services that the Society provides for Ontarians with dementia and their caregivers. The rise of dementia in our community, its economic impact and its impact on quality of life is a major health care issue. Like many Ontarians, the impact of dementia has affected my family. What is my background? As a clinical researcher of cognitive…

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Susan Parish: Champion for Dementia

Susan Parish: Champion for Dementia

As a graduate from nursing at Western, Susan understood the devastating impact of dementia.  Prior to retirement, she worked for ten years in a long-term care home in Lindsay, where many residents had Alzheimer’s disease. It was after retirement that Susan noticed unsettling cognitive changes. During the summer and fall of 2009, Susan began to feel very nervous when driving. Her husband Brian also noticed subtle changes in spelling, numeracy, comprehension, memory and coordination.  After a prompt referral to a…

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