Put on the coffee

This September, show your support for those living with dementia by taking part in a “Coffee Break” event in your community

This September, if someone you care about is living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, show your support by taking part in a “Coffee Break” event in your community.

Coffee Break is the largest annual nation-wide fundraising campaign of the Alzheimer Society that raises money for local programs and services.

Kicking off in B.C. on Sept. 21, this do-it-yourself fundraiser is fun and easy. It can be as simple as hosting a coffee party at home, in the office or at a public venue. Prospective Coffee Break Hosts will receive a host kit to help with their event.

The target goal for this year’s fundraising campaign is $1.5 million dollars across the country.

“Increased funding for services is essential to meet the needs of the growing numbers of Canadians living with dementia,” said Jean Blake, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.  “Having access to services can make all the difference in the way families live with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”

Dementia affects over 500,000 Canadians today and will rise to 1.1 million by 2038. After 65, the risk for dementia doubles every five years, and according to Statistics Canada, as much as 38.5 per cent of B.C.’s population will be 65 and older by 2031.

To register for a Coffee Break event, visit www.coffeebreakbc.ca.