Have you heard about the Dementia Society Brainy Active Challenge?
From September 19th to Thanksgiving you can do a brain boosting activity every day to fight dementia. Anyone can participate in the Brainy Active Challenge: read a book, take a walk, make a puzzle, learn something new, dance or knit. Activities that challenge the brain help maintain memory, thought, attention and reasoning skills as we age.
You don’t need to run a marathon, just continue to do, learn and move and you’ve got a braintastic prescription to build cognitive reserve and fight dementia.
Register by going to BrainyActiveChallenge.ca, and take a picture or video of you doing your challenge, and share your #BrainyActiveChallenge! Throw the challenge to your friends to build a more resilient brain!
This pandemic has disproportionately affected people living with dementia and their caregivers and families. For them, the pandemic is about more than social distancing, rather, it’s been about significant social isolation. Those who have been waiting for a long-term care bed are particularly vulnerable as they remain isolated at home with caregivers who are at the breaking point after 6 months with little or limited support. The physical, cognitive and behavioural symptoms of dementia make it challenging for people with a diagnosis to take advantage of day-to-day activities without additional support, in the best of times.
For Ottawans, living well with dementia is a key priority, as outlined in the City’s own strategy and plans for aging well in Ottawa which underscore the importance of brain health. The 24,000 people living with dementia in Ottawa and Renfrew County can’t just wait, they need help now.
That’s why the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County are asking for your support now in September, International Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, by supporting the fundraising campaign, the BrainyActive Challenge.