Alzheimer's Awareness Campaign hopes to reduce stigma around dementia – Aldergrove Star
A national month-long Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign aims to reduce stigma for Langley residents affected by dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is hosting several workshops in the coming months to help people better understand the disease.
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Dementia is a term that describes a general group of brain disorders, according to the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.
“We want to make sure that people who are diagnosed with dementia, and living with dementia, don’t feel excluded from the community, that they feel included and welcome in their community and that family and friends realize that people can still live well with their dementia for quite some period of time,” said Avalon Tournier, a support and education coordinator with the society.
A 2017 online survey done by Leger on behalf of Alzheimer Societies asked 1,500 Canadians about their perceptions and attitudes towards dementia and found 46 per cent of respondents would feel embarrassed if they had dementia, while 61 per cent of those surveyed said they would face discrimination, according to numbers provided by Tournier.
“We’re hoping that people will understand that people who have dementia are unique individuals… we also want to make sure we reduce the stigma,” said Tournier.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering support groups to help families live well with dementia.
“As with a lot of other illnesses that people are diagnosed with they can still live with a really good quality of life… and they can do that with supports from the community and with education as well from the Alzheimer Society,” explained Tournier.
For more information on resources about dementia or to register for a workshop call 604-449-5000.
“Staff in those resource centres are often busy talking to other caregivers or we can be out presenting education, so we can’t always get back to people right away and of course we are crisis centre, but we always leave on our voice mail the Dementia Helpline,” Tournier said.
The helpline number is 1-800-936-6033.
Here is a list of upcoming workshops:
• Getting to know dementia
Feb. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the City of Langley Library (20399 Douglas Cres.)
• Transitioning to Care & Life in Long term Care
Feb. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Langley Gardens (8888 202nd St.)
• Family caregiver series
Feb. 22, 29 and Mar. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Guildford Seniors Village (14568 104a Ave., Surrey)
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Addictions counselling services expanded for Vancouver Islanders
People struggling with mental health and substance abuse can access up to 12 free counselling sessions per year in a new Island Health program.
Leah Hollins, Island Health Board Chair, says “This represents a significant expansion and investment in community-based counselling services to improve access to these services on Vancouver Island.”
Virtual Island-wide services will be available through Cognito Health, and Trafalgar Addiction Treatment Centre. Services are also available in Port Hardy through North Island Crisis and Counselling Services and in Nanaimo through EHN Outpatient Services and Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Society.
The publicly-funded, community-based counselling is intended for people with moderate challenges. The new partnership with Island health will meet the counselling needs of at least 1,500 people per year.
Access to the counselling services is via referral or self-referral through Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use locations.
Lyme disease increased across Quebec in 2021: data – CTV News Montreal
Lyme disease in Quebec was back on the rise in 2021, following a brief slowdown in 2020.
According to data released earlier this week by Quebec’s public health institute (INSPQ), 709 cases of Lyme disease were reported to provincial health authorities as of April 6, 2022. Of those infections, 650 were likely acquired in Quebec, while the rest occurred elsewhere.
The rate of the disease in 2021 was 1.7 times higher than in 2019, the year with the second-highest recorded rate.
Of the 650 cases of Lyme disease acquired in Quebec, Estrie was again the most affected region. With 452 cases, it accounts for nearly 70 per cent of all infections in Quebec.
Authorities reported 124 cases in Montérégie.
The other regions, including Montreal, reported fewer than 20 cases.
The age group most affected by Lyme disease in Quebec in 2021 was 60-69, followed by 50-59, 40-49 and 70-79.
Lyme is transmitted through the bite of a tick carrying the disease.
The tell-tale symptom in humans is a reddening of the skin. Many with the disease experience fatigue, fever, aches and pains — and if the disease isn’t detected and treated quickly, the bacteria can disperse into the bloodstream, leading to much more uncomfortable symptoms.
According to the Quebec government, milder winters could partly explain the disease’s progression. The warmer climate allows ticks to survive and reproduce more easily.
Lyme disease has been a notifiable disease in Quebec since 2003, meaning doctors and laboratory technicians who detect a case must inform public health authorities.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published in French on June 9, 2023.
Aggressive, ‘drooling profusely’ moose has disease never seen in its species in Alaska – Yahoo Canada Sports
A moose that was acting aggressively toward people has been diagnosed with rabies, a first for Alaska, according to wildlife officials.
The moose, which was “stumbling, drooling profusely, and had bare patches of skin,” was found acting oddly in Teller on June 2, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in a June 7 news release.
“That moose was being aggressive towards people and charging and getting a little bit too close to comfort for them,” Alaska Wildlife Biologist Sara Germain told KTUU-TV.
Before the moose’s carcass was burned, wildlife officials said they collected samples for testing, which showed “rabies virus in the brain.”
Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the virus in the moose was infected with was “an Arctic Fox rabies variant,” officials said. The variant stems from a winter rabies outbreak in Nome/Seward Peninsula and North Slope arctic foxes.
Wildlife officials said this suggests the moose contracted the disease from a fox.
“Due to the largely solitary nature of moose, it is very unlikely that any rabies outbreak will occur in the moose population, but isolated cases such as this one occur rarely,” officials said.
While rabies in moose is rare, some of the massive animals have been “diagnosed with rabies in South Dakota, Minnesota, Canada and Russia,” officials said.
The department said as a result of this rabies case that it plans to test “all brain samples from wild mammals found dead or euthanized from regions” known to have fox rabies, to better track the disease.
The public can help by calling the department if they find a dead animal or see any that with signs of rabies, which includes “excessive salivation, abnormal / aggressive behavior, bite marks,” officials said.
Though photos and videos can be helpful, it’s important to avoid contact “with a rabid animal or carcass,” officials said.
Rabies vaccines for dogs and cats is the best protection against the disease in people, according to officials.
“Likewise, preventing pets from interacting with foxes or other wildlife, and not leaving garbage or other attractants accessible to foxes and other wildlife, remain important,” the department said.
If someone is bitten by an animal that may have been exposed to rabies, “immediately wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention,” officials said.
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