An aging population means that Alzheimer Disease and dementias are going to affect more and more Canadians.
And many of the local people affected take part in the Investors Group Walk for Memories.
This yearâ€™s walk for Langley, Aldergrove and Abbotsford takes place Jan. 26 at Aldergrove Athletic Park starting at noon.
Organizers are looking forward to another year of strong community support and for the first time in the local walkâ€™s history, a dry forecast.
Despite heavy rains the first two years, the event has brought out hundreds of people and has raised $75,000 for research and support. The goal is to reach the $100,000 mark this year.
There are 23 walks in different B.C. communities as well as a virtual walk in which people can choose their own routes.
Each walk is dedicated to someone impacted by Alzheimerâ€™s disease or related dementias. Caregivers are the focus this year because it takes a toll on loved ones.
This yearâ€™s honourees are Randy Bysouth and Diana Frances of Cloverdale.
The couple are care giving for Randyâ€™s mother and for their friend who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. They began their association with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. several years ago by attending a Caregiver Support Group.
â€œBecause of the discussions with the support group, we learned new ways of communicating,â€ said Randy.
They both say they have learnt a lot about dementia at the Support Groups and have been very involved in Alzheimer Society of B.C. events.
Randy has recently participated in several society events to advocate on behalf of other families whose lives are impacted by dementia.