Today we celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day, a perfect time to focus on the amazing work being done worldwide to conquer dementia. It is also a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and show our support for those affected by the disease.
Dementia affects everyone, whether we know someone living with the disease, volunteer, provide care or conduct research to uncover the cure – in one way or another, we are in this together.
When the Alzheimer Society of Ontario was first formed in 1983, our mission was to help people affected by dementia through expert care and support, funding research, education and increasing awareness of dementia. And we continue to do so today.
It’s pretty remarkable to think 110 years ago was when the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease were discovered. Flash forward to today – our technology and research methods are so advanced that we can use techniques such as brain imaging and biomarkers to investigate the potential causes and cures for the disease. But there is still so much more to be discovered.
Thanks to a special match offer from the Decker Family, your donation in support of research will be doubled! For every dollar you donate, it will be matched to make twice the impact and help bring our researchers one step closer to conquering dementia.
Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. A world where our family and friends are never affected by Alzheimer’s. A world where dementia is the distant memory we cannot recall.
Thank you for your generous support!
Coffee Break: a home-brewed fundraiser making an amazing impact
I’ve always liked coffee, the smell, the sound of the drip, the warmth and comfort from that first morning sip – it’s a delightful way to start the day. But coffee has taken on a much bigger meaning beyond my morning routine since I joined the Alzheimer Society of Canada six years ago. Working as the national coordinator on the Alzheimer Society Coffee Break® fundraiser, I’m continuously impressed by the energy and creativity demonstrated by Coffee Break supporters from coast to coast every September.
When the Alzheimer Society first introduced the “Coffee Break” campaign eighteen years ago, it was a grassroots endeavour with a simple concept: friends and co-workers gathering in church basements, homes and community centres over a pot of coffee to raise funds for local Alzheimer Societies. No one could have imagined that a simple cup of coffee would be the impetus for a new conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Now every September, thousands of Coffee Breaks happen in communities right across Canada and raise over $1.2 million annually. Funds raised from Coffee Break stay in the community to support essential services like counselling, day programs and respite care for people affected by dementia. Programs like these make all the difference in the way families are able to live with this devastating disease.
As the number of people affected by dementia rises, so too does the need for services. Thankfully, we can call out to our Coffee Break supporters to step up the fundraising ingenuity to help meet the demand for increased services. Today you could find events that include everything from clothing drives, concerts, coffee-making challenges and bake-offs. Really, any excuse to get people together, have fun and raise money and awareness for an important cause will do. Long-time retail partners like Bulk Barn Ltd have gone the extra mile by offering matching funds on their cut-out program on World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st.
We at the Alzheimer Society are humbled by the generosity and community spirit shown by caring individuals and business across Canada. Hats off to all our Coffee Break hosts, contributors and retail partners.