Alzheimer society thank Port Alberni residents

January was Alzehimer's Month and the people of Port Alberni stepped up, said an Alzheimer Society of B.C. official.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. thanks the people of the Alberni Valley for their encouraging response to our annual Alzheimer Awareness Month campaign in January.

The society focuses on helping families cope with the impact of Alzheimer Disease. And with the help of local volunteers, churches and the media, we are able to assist many, many people.

One of the highlights of the month was the Investors Group Walk for Memories, which raised much-needed funding for our non-profit organization while honouring caregivers in the Valley. The volunteers who put on the event, and the residents who turned out to show their support, made it truly memorable.

Thanks must also go to the News for its coverage of Alzheimer issues. The articles helped foster a better understanding of the impact this disease has on local families.

Many other organizations and individuals also deserve credit for helping raise awareness of Alzheimer Disease, including the many area churches that distributed our prayer sheets to their congregations.

Jane Hope,

Regional education and support co-ordinator,

Alzheimer Society of B.C.