The Alzheimer Society of Oxford is calling on local residents to take part in Oxford Country’s largest Coffee Break starting Sept. 18.
This popular do-it-yourself event, which runs into November, is the Society’s nationwide fundraiser, which annually raises funds to support the 1,950 people in Oxford County living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Anyone can host a Coffee Break - friends, families, or corporations... at home, at work or public venue... by exchanging a cup of coffee for a donation on behalf of the Society. This year’s goal is $37,000.
“For many Canadians living with this devastating disease, the Alzheimer Society is their lifeline,” said Shelley Green in a media release. “We provide practical support, training and information in communities across Canada, while our programs make a tremendous difference in the lives of individuals and families living with dementia. We’re encouraging Canadians to get involved and spread the word so we can help even more people with this disease.”
Demand for services is steadily climbing as the number of Canadians with dementia surges. Today 747,000 Canadians are living with dementia and an estimated 1.4 million will be affected by 2031. This number does not take into account thousands of caregivers who clock millions of hours a year in unpaid care.
“It’s no different in Oxford County,” said Green. “The dementia crisis is now and it’s in our communities. We still don’t have a cure for the disease, but day programs, caregiver support groups, respite and other services help families to live well and independently longer. Our programs are increasingly vital. We need funds to keep them active.”
Everyone can make a difference:
* To host a Coffee Break, visit www.alzheimer.ca/oxford.
* Call the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, 519-421-2466.
* Purchase a Coffee Break decal Bulk Barn, between Sept. 5-21. Buy a decal on the 21st and Bulk Barn will match your donation. For more information, visit www.bulkbarn.ca.
In Oxford County, the annual Coffee Break campaign is sponsored by Tim Hortons.