Yukoners are invited to learn about Dementia

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The Continuing Care team at Health and Social Services is offering two free Dementia 101 presentations at the Whistle Bend Place Multipurpose Room, located at 90 Olive May Way. Presentations are happening on the following two days:

Saturday, October 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 22 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms affecting brain function that are caused by neurodegenerative and vascular diseases or injuries. The cognitive abilities that can be impacted include memory, language and judgement.

Dementia 101 is a three-hour overview of dementia which will cover the different types of dementia. Attendees will learn about the meaning behind behaviours related to dementia, as well as strategies around communication and preserving personhood.

These presentations are for Yukoners interested in learning more about dementia, people living with dementia themselves and caregivers.  There will be an opportunity for all participants to ask questions and learn from each other.

To register please email adam.mackie@gov.yk.ca before October 11, 2019.

The number of Yukoners aged 65 years and older who are living with diagnosed dementia is expected to increase in the territory and across Canada. I encourage everyone to learn more about dementia so we can come together as a community in support of those affected by this growing challenge.

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost

Quick facts 
  • There are 419,000 Canadians over the age of 65 living with diagnosed dementia, and almost two thirds of are women.

  • Physical activity, reducing stress, eating a healthy balanced diet, and quitting smoking are examples of ways that can help reduce the risk of dementia.

Contact 

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications
867-393-7136
matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca

Julie Ménard
Communications, Health and Social Services
867-667-8478
julie.menard@gov.yk.ca

News release #: 
19-217