A Nanaimo senior with dementia has become an expert on the disease following her diagnosis, and has dedicated herself to advocacy.
Chris Kensit, diagnosed with dementia in 2015, is one of the faces of this year’s Alzheimer’s Awareness Month campaign. The theme of the campaign – ‘I live with dementia. Let me help you understand’ – is meant to remove the stigma of the disease.
Kensit said in a press release that she “had a good cry” after her diagnosis.
“Because my mother lived with dementia – and now that my sister is also living with it – I had intimate knowledge of what the progression of the disease and its symptoms were going to look like,” she said.
Kensit has a science background and found that researching dementia made it easier for her to cope. She joined the B.C. Leadership Group for People Living with Dementia and has advised the Alzheimer Society of B.C. on how to support people affected by the disease and helping to spread awareness.
“I don’t think I’ve encountered stigma as much as I’ve encountered a lack of understanding about the disease – and a lack of patience,” Kensit said. “People need to understand that living with dementia means experiencing certain challenges, particularly around memory. They need to find solutions rather than getting fed up with someone when they’re struggling.”
Jane Hope, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s north and central Vancouver Island resource centre in Nanaimo, said it can be difficult for people to appreciate the damage stigma can have on individuals and families facing dementia.
“Too often, negative feelings, attitudes and stereotypes surrounding dementia dissuade people from seeking help and discourage others from lending their support,” Hope said. “By providing a platform for Canadians to share their stories, we can cultivate empathy and compassion and help break down the stigma so that Canadians living with dementia can live a full life.”
According to the press release, more than half a million Canadians live with dementia, and many family members provide care or are otherwise impacted.
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month started Jan. 6. Nanaimo residents are invited to an open house Jan. 16, 3-5 p.m., at the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s north and central Vancouver Island resource centre at 4-4488 Wellington Rd.
Flu vaccines on the way to primary health care providers – BlackburnNews.com
Flu vaccines on the way to primary health care providers
October 20, 2020 3:02am
Primary health care providers that plan on delivering the annual flu shot should have their allotment by the end of the week.
The Windsor Essex County Health Unit is starting to distribute flu vaccines to area practices. The health unit is not responsible for distributing vaccines to pharmacies, that’s done on a provincial level.
Dr. Wajid Ahmed is encouraging everyone in the community to get the flu shot, especially those who are high risk.
“The vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, colds or other respiratory illnesses that may be mistaken for influenza but they are not caused by the influenza virus. Still, it would reduce the hospitalization, need for health care services and overall decrease the burden of disease in our community,” said Dr. Ahmed.
Every year in Canada, about 3,500 deaths are linked to the influenza virus or about 1 per cent of confirmed flu cases.
Last year there were about 200 confirmed cases of influenza in Windsor-Essex and no deaths linked to the virus. Ahmed said many people who experience flu-like symptoms at home will never get tested for the virus but it`s estimated about 10-20 per cent of the Canadian population are infected with the flu each year.
So far in 2020, 9,800 people with COVID-19 have died in Canada, about 5 per cent of COVID-19 cases in the country.
N.S. reports two new COVID-19 cases; six active cases remain – CTV News Atlantic
Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday in the province’s central zone – bringing the provincial total of active cases to six.
According to the province, the new cases are both related to travel outside of the Atlantic bubble, and the two individuals are self-isolating as required.
There is no longer anyone in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
The Nova Scotia Health Authority labs completed 674 Nova Scotia tests on Saturday, with one new case identified.
To date, Nova Scotia has 104,830 negative test results.
There are 1,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, but 1,026 cases are considered resolved, and 65 people have died – leaving six active cases in the province.
There is no one in hospital as a result of COVID-19.
The province’s confirmed cases range in age from under 10 to over 90.
Sixty-one per cent of cases are female and 39 per cent are male.
There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.
The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.
The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.
- Western zone: 56 cases
- Central zone: 919 cases
- Northern zone: 68 cases
- Eastern zone: 54 cases
STATE OF EMERGENCY RENEWED UNTIL NOVEMBER
The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, has been extended to Nov 1, unless government terminates or extends it before then.
COVID ALERT APP NOW AVAILABLE
On Thursday, Nova Scotia Health announced that Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is now available in the province.
The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
LIST OF SYMPTOMS
Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- runny nose/nasal congestion
SELF-ISOLATION AND MANDATORY MASKS
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to self-isolate at home, away from the public, for 14 days.
Anyone who travels to Nova Scotia from outside the Atlantic region is required to self-isolate for 14 days and must fill out a self-declaration form before coming to the province.
However, the province has eased some self-isolation requirements for out-of-province rotational workers.
Residents of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to self-isolate when travelling to Nova Scotia, but they must be prepared to provide proof of their place of residency at provincial borders.
Visitors from outside the Atlantic region who have already self-isolated in another Atlantic province for 14 days may travel to Nova Scotia without having to self-isolate again.
It is mandatory to wear a non-medical mask in most indoor public places in Nova Scotia.
News Releases | COVID-19 Bulletin #224 – news.gov.mb.ca
Need More Info?
Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.
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