LETTER: Sunday’s Walk for Memories is vital for caregivers, families

LETTER: Sunday's Walk for Memories is vital for caregivers, families

The Editor,

I would like to draw your attention to an event that is extremely important to those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, and for their caregivers. It is the Investors Group Walk for Memories and it is set for this Sunday (Jan. 26).

I speak from personal experience when I say that Alzheimer’s disease is devastating not only to those with the disease but also for those who love them.

My wife Shirley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s about 12 years ago. As a volunteer facilitator, I try to help people by providing support and information. Caregivers have told me this helps them cope with their situation, knowing they are not alone.

I know from experience it is not an easy task. I know what they are going through.

More than 70,000 British Columbians have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Many more people are affected as dementia impacts the whole family as well as friends.

Please join us for the White Rock, Surrey and North Delta Walk for Memories on Sunday. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Eaglequest Golf Course, 7778 152nd St., Surrey. Information is available at walkformemories.com.

Stan Fryer, Walk for Memories