We give back to the community that has given us so much!
CEEA and its Board of Governors are actively involved, through donations of both time and financial resources, with a large number of charitable endeavors in the communities where we live and work. Over the last four years, our Members have directly contributed more than $591,476 to Charity. In 2021, CEEA partnered with the Shaw Charity Classic in support of Birdies for Kids that matched our contributions up to an additional 50%. With over $763,000 in total contributions, CEEA is making a lasting imprint on the local Charities we support!
For CEEA 71 we have chosen to highlight an organization near and dear to us: The Alzheimer Society.
A Growing Challenge: The Impact of Dementia on Canadians
The Alzheimer Society of Calgary (Alzheimer Calgary) has been supporting persons with dementia, their families, and caregivers for over 40 years. As a leader in our community, we strive to ensure people with dementia, their families, and caregivers have access to high-quality education, care, and support throughout their journey.
For many families, a dementia diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. It changes a family forever – stories of fear, stress, anxiety, and struggle are common amongst families facing a diagnosis. But so are stories of perseverance and hope.
In Calgary, over 17,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia. Many of these people are surrounded by loved ones – this means that countless friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, caregivers, and healthcare workers are also directly touched by the diagnosis. Dementia impacts our community tremendously, and this impact will continue to grow.
In the next decade, the number of dementia diagnoses is expected to double, setting the scene for dire need in coming years. Many families are worn down and overwhelmed by the multitude of challenges they face daily, and many are calling in at a time of crisis.
In the last two years alone:
➢ More families need help (52% increase in demand for support services)
➢ Families need more intense levels of help (47% increase in average call length)
➢ 30% increase in demand for education from community members and people impacted by dementia
But there is hope – and Alzheimer Calgary is here to help.
As an integral part of the dementia care landscape in Calgary and with expertise in person-centered dementia care, Alzheimer Calgary is a one-stop resource for the best tools, tips, and guidance for families facing a journey with dementia. With just one call, families can access a menu of local supports.
With the support of donors like you, local families will have a place to turn to for help when they need it most. Together, we can help families feel empowered, connected, and ready to tackle challenges – and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of donors like you.
For more information, please visit: https://www.alzheimercalgary.ca/