“This year is the 10th anniversary of World Alzheimer’s Month, a global campaign to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with dementia.

“There are currently more than 49,500 Albertans living with some form of dementia – but it affects many more. Family, friends, loved ones and caregivers all feel the effects of these diseases.

“Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It targets brain cells and gets worse over time. It affects memory early, and eventually it becomes difficult for individuals to process their environment, follow a conversation or communicate clearly. It also affects physical mobility, personality, mood and behaviour.

“It is important to diagnosis it early, as there are things that can be done so the person can live life meaningfully and well. While there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, access to available treatments and community-based services and supports can improve quality of life and well-being. The Alzheimer Society can provide support and information for anyone who suspects a problem or has a diagnosis of any type of dementia.

“Please know the warning signs and seek out help if necessary. There are also things that all Albertans can do to increase brain health and reduce their risk of dementia, including exercise, healthy eating, social engagement and avoiding head injuries.

“Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia can be challenging. I commend the resilience of all people living with dementia as well as those who love and care for them. I also commend the communities that have challenged themselves to become more inclusive, welcoming and supportive of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers.

“We stand with you. Alberta’s government remains committed to working with our partners to enhance the lives of people living with dementia and the lives of their friends and family members.”