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Alzheimer's dinner sees great success

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The Alzheimer Society for Kenora-Rainy River Districts held its annual “Forget Me Not” charitable dinner Saturday night at La Place Rendez-Vous here and received great support.

About 60 people attended the dinner and helped raise roughly $3,200, which will be used on support services that aid people affected by Alzheimer's disease as well as their families.

“It was a time of celebration and unity on our accomplishments as an organization,” executive director Rossana Tomashowski said in a press release.

“Not only did we have our clients as caregivers and persons living well with dementia . . . present but we also had good meaningful conversations,” she noted.

Those who attended the dinner had very positive feedback, Tomashowski added.

“They love it, and they said they're going to bring their friends and they'll be buying tables next year,” she enthused.

“Fort Frances has always been a good supporter for anything that we do—from our walks to our dinners to 'coffee breaks,'” Tomashowski continued.

“We've always had great success in Fort Frances.”

The dinner's goal is to not only to fundraise for the services provided by the Alzheimer Society but also to reduce the stigma around the disease.

As well, it is important for raising awareness that the organization exists and can assist those struggling with Alzheimer's.

Currently, more than 1,000 people are living with some form of dementia in the Kenora and Rainy River districts, which demonstrates the large need for support services.

Tomashowski recommends anyone working with people affected by dementia to take their “U-First Training” for support and resources to better meet the changing needs and abilities of those with dementia.

“We want to ensure persons living with dementia deserve, and have the right to expect and receive, good quality care that is respectful, dignified, and safe no matter the care setting,” she explained.

Tomashowski also recommends taking the organization's “Finding Your Way” program, which teaches people how they can help those with dementia live safely in the community, as well as how to interact with someone who might be lost.

Learning about a family member's diagnosis of Alzheimer's or dementia-related illness can be difficult and Tomashowski would like to stress the local Alzheimer Society is here to help.

Those who would like to contact it can do so by calling 1-807-468-1516 or e-mail info@alzheimerkrr.com

Tomashowski always is amazed by how much support the “Forget Me Not” dinner receives each, and is grateful for all the sponsors and donors who help make it possible.

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