The annual South Eastman Walk for Alzheimer’s took place in Steinbach on Thursday, raising more than $130,000, province wide. Initiatives such as the Walk for Alzheimer’s are crucial in ensuring that Manitobans with Alzheimer’s or another dementia receive the help they need today and have hope for the future. It also raises awareness so that as a society, we support the needs of people with Alzheimer’s by providing for their safe inclusion in all aspects of community life.
We know that currently, more than 22,500 Manitobans have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and that 56 percent of Manitobans are directly impacted by dementia because they have a family member or close personal friend with the disease. Many of the Steinbach residents who came out for the event did so for this very reason and I sincerely thank you for your participation and support. Thank you also to all of the local organizers of the event. I’d also like to acknowledge the work of the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba for all they do for Manitobans affected by dementia. You can learn more or donate at alzheimer.mb.ca.