January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month in Canada
Every January, the Alzheimer Society of Canada encourages organizations, policymakers and people across Canada, to learn more about dementia and its impacts. In particular, they invite everyone to listen to the voices of Canadians unable to avoid the immediate realities of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias – from people living with dementia to their families, caregivers, healthcare providers and more.
If you would like to support Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a wonderful option is to support the #SeePainMoreClearly awareness campaign. Our goal is to ensure that people affected by dementia, their friends and families, and health professionals are familiar with the problem of pain undertreatment and its dire consequences for this population. We also want to familiarize health professionals and policymakers with cutting edge evidence-based solutions.
Help Us Make a Difference
It takes an average of 17 years for research findings to move into clinical practice. We are utilizing social media to close this gap because people with severe dementia will not be around in 17 years to benefit from solutions that are available today. We want to hear your thoughts about how effective our social media campaign is. Our goal is to familiarize people with the problem of pain under management in dementia and with possible solutions.
There are several ways to help. You can simply fill out a short questionnaire about our social media campaign OR sign up to participate in an interview, and make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia. If you can like our social media platforms and share the posts with your network that also helps immensely!
Find out more information about the campaign here and access the survey here: https://www.seepainmoreclearly.org/participate-in-our-study
As the Alzheimer Society says,
“By understanding what people living with dementia experience in their day-to-day-lives – their struggles, their successes and their hopes – together we can raise awareness of dementia throughout Canada. Awareness is the first step to fighting stigma, reinforcing human rights and pushing for policy change, as well as other actions that can lift up Canadians living with dementia.“