The Alzheimer Society has launched a new interactive fundraiser.
The Quest, which runs from Feb. 1 to 27, is a campaign supporting Ontarians living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Dufferin County is incredibly supportive when it comes to non-profit organizations, and we’re very thankful for everything we receive from the community,” said Lindsay Gregory, awareness and education co-ordinator for the Alzheimer Society of Dufferin.
It encourages participants to join in on online challenges focusing on mind, body, spirit and care.
“We all have to focus on mind, body, spirit and self-care, but even more so for somebody living with dementia,” said Gregory. “Somebody living with dementia is already facing isolation and loneliness, and now, with this current pandemic, we see it even more.”
Over 240,000 Ontarians are living with dementia, according to the Alzheimer Society. The number is expected to double in the next 20 years.
The idea for the initiative was sparked by the pandemic and how it has disrupted the day-to-day lives of residents.
“We support persons with any dementia. It’s not just Alzheimer’s disease,” said Gregory. “Alzheimer’s disease, of course, is the most common type of dementia. There are many other types. We are happy to support anybody on a journey with dementia.”
Participants will be engaged throughout The Quest, from yoga practice and a five-kilometre walk to a trivia night and brain health cooking lesson.
Once they complete a challenge, they will receive a virtual badge and move on to the next level. They can sign up individually or join a virtual team with family and friends.
The organization continues to offer programs and services but in a virtual format.
“We are always doing wellness checkup phone calls, we’re also offering our group support over Zoom, and we’re also offering some activities over Zoom,” said Gregory. “We’re doing music therapy and a little bit of chair exercises. We’re doing trivia and some social activities.”
For more information, or to sign up as an individual or team, visit jointhequest.ca.
Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative reporter, Orangeville Banner