More than 70,000 people in B.C. have Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Make a difference. Become an advocate today.


WHAT IS ADVOCACY?

Advocacy refers to the actions a person takes to create change. Advocacy can be self advocacy or systemic advocacy.

Self advocacy refers to what we do to improve a situation for ourselves or a family member.  Seeking help from your doctor, applying for a disability tax credit or ensuring person centred care in a long-term care facility are examples of self advocacy. You can learn more about this type of advocacy here.

Systemic advocacy, addressed in this area of the website, is broader.  This type of advocacy focuses on improving the system or “status quo” for the benefit of everyone.


WHY DO WE NEED ADVOCACY?


Dementia is a challenging disease which affects more that 70,000 people in B.C. This number is expected to grow. Hundreds of thousands of wives, husbands, sons and daughters are also affected, many serving as caregivers. 

The problem is getting worse. The leading risk factor is age and the population is growing older. A smoother journey for people affected by dementia is possible – but we need you to share your story.


RAISING YOUR VOICE


How can you advocate if you are interested in issues related to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias?

•    Know the facts.
•    Speak or write to the premier, your MLA or members of other levels of government (e.g., Mayors, City Councilors or MPs).
•    Join our mailing list to learn more.

Speak Up About Dementia



Contact the Alzheimer Society of B.C. for more information:

Rebecca Morris

Advocacy Analyst
Phone: 604-742-4939
Toll-free: 1-800-667-3742
Fax: 604-669-6907
E-mail:
rmorris@alzheimerbc.org