Alzheimer’s through the lens of the builder

A mother and grandmother living with Alzheimer’s disease are sharing their story.
The Alzheimer Society has launched a four-part short film series that follows Alicia and her family as they confront the disease head-on and share their story, struggle and moments of connection.

“We are so thankful to Alicia and her family for sharing their important story,” says Denyse Newton, CEO of Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, noting their story helps represent the other 1.1 million Canadians who are currently affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Throughout the series, viewers see inside the lives of Alicia, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 10 years ago, her daughter and caregiver, Judy, and the rest of her family to get a look at how this disease affects Alicia and her family, the challenges and heartbreak they face, as well as the feelings of togetherness and moments of laughter they share.

“I hope by sharing our story, it shows others who are going through similar situations that they are not alone,” says Judy, Alicia’s daughter and caregiver. “Sharing and connecting with others is so important. It changes everything.”

Raymond Cho, minister of seniors and accessibility, says the government is “proud” to support the work of the Alzheimer Society in helping people understand the challenges of living with dementia.

“I encourage everyone to reach out and provide a connection for an older adult in their lives. Together we can reduce social isolation and keep the spirit of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month going year-round,” he says.

There are currently 25,000 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in Canada each year, which is expected to triple by 2050, according to Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.

To watch Alicia and her family’s story, visit https://bit.ly/alicia-story.