The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region will welcome Canadian author Elizabeth Murray for a special presentation about her experiences living with a parent with dementia on Thursday.
Murray, who resides in Winnipeg, will share her story about being a primary caregiver to her mother.
The story is recounted in her book Holding on to Mamie: My Mother, Dementia and Me, which describes Murray's inner turmoil caused by her mother’s illness and her own fears and frustrations during the challenging years of her mother’s life.
The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church in Grimsby, located at 290 Main St. East.
Interested members of the public are asked to register online in advance at, alzheimerniagara.ca or by contacting the Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region at 905-687-3914.
Facts about dementia, provided by the Alzheimer Society:
- Today, over half a million Canadians have dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease)
- In less than 15 years an estimated 937,000 Canadians will have dementia
- In Niagara there are currently 10,077 individuals living with dementia
- In a Leger-led survey of 1500 Canadians between 18 and 65, nearly half said they would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia. 61 per cent said they would expect to face discrimination of some kind.
The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region is a recognized leader in the field of Dementia Care and, along with other community partners, has developed a range of specialized programs that promote health and well-being through increased independence, opportunities to engage in meaningful activities, and assisting caregivers in managing care in the home.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The Alzheimer Society’s mission is to advocate for people with dementia and their care partners, and provide access to a diverse range of appropriate resources and supports that enhance the quality of life throughout their difficult journey.