The street in front of Winkler’s Salem Home was filled with participants in the annual Alzheimer Walk June 13. (GREG VANDERMEULEN/Winkler Times)
The street in front of Winkler’s Salem Home was filled with participants in the annual Alzheimer Walk June 13.
The event began with participation from the J.R. Walkof School choir, songs from Jaime Giesbrecht, and messages from local officials.
Winkler Mayor Martin Harder praised the multi-generational aspect of the event that saw too separate school groups take part.
“We want to... as a community make sure we remember those who maybe have some struggles remembering themselves,” he said.
Alzheimer Society Manitoba, South Central Regional Coordinator Kathy Fehr said 474,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia, and thousands more are caregivers.
“By participating in the walk today you will be joining Canadians who want to see a world without dementia,” she said. “By walking you are honouring the memories of those you no longer have with you and also those who are currently affected by this disease and you are showing support to their caregivers and the caregivers here in this facility of Salem Home.”
Fehr went on to praise the staff for the hard work they do, and offer hope for the future.
“Our goal is to find a cure, but until then we want to have those diagnosed with this disease to have a better quality of life.