Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Alzheimer's Society Helps Canadians Remember

According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. As the disease progresses, it destroys memory and basic thinking skills, making it difficult to conduct even the simplest of tasks.

While just about everyone has heard of Alzheimer's, the understanding of this disease is somewhat limited. A recent study by the Alzheimer's Society of B.C. actually revealed a troubling lack of awareness about Alzheimer’s disease among Canadian Baby Boomers.  

So, they set out to make Canadian Boomers more aware of Alzheimer's by constructing a 30-foot wall - made up of 1,000 yellow sticky notes - that spelled REMEMBER in downtown Vancouver.

According to the group: "Each of the 1,000 removable sticky notes has its own reminder printed on it: Don’t forget the Investors Group Walk for Memories. The public will be encouraged to further aid their own memory by taking a removable sticky home with them. As the sticky notes are removed, the display will eventually fade like the memories held by a person living with dementia." (For more information, go here.)

What a great awareness-building idea. Now, if we can just find a cure... 


3 comments:

  1. What a Great idea! I sure hope they do find a cure soon!

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  2. Interesting idea. Lot of appreciations. Thanks for the share.
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