Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – January 2020

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month takes place annually every January and is a way in which organizations dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can raise awareness about this important cause. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is a group of disorders that impair brain functioning. Every three seconds, someone around the world develops dementia. In Durham Region alone, approximately 10,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the prevalence of the condition is steadily increasing, affecting more and more Durham residents each year.

This year, for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Alzheimer Societies across Canada will be providing outreach and programming aimed at raising awareness and reducing stigma by sharing lived experiences of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their care partners. Everyone’s experience with dementia is unique. If you meet one person with dementia, you’ve met one person with dementia. A diagnoses of dementia doesn’t mean they are no longer the same person as before. Their story continues — dementia is just part of their story. People with dementia have ideas to offer, people to love and feelings to express, just like everyone else and with the right support, people with dementia can still enjoy a good quality of life.

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Tamil Heritage Month – January 2020

The City of Pickering is one of the first cities in Canada to proclaim January as Tamil Heritage Month since 2010. The Tamil language dates back to 500 BC. It is considered to be one of the oldest living ancient languages in the world with a written tradition dating back to the same period. This linguistic tradition ties Tamils to a deep and unbroken cultural history that stretches generations. The Tamil language is recognized throughout the world with Singapore declaring it an official language in their country. It has received recognition from India as a classical language. It is a national language in Sri Lanka and has been recognized as the official state language of Tamil Nadu, India. The City of Pickering’s Mayor and Council and the residents of Pickering are celebrating the diversity and rich culture and the contribution to Canada by Tamils across Durham region by declaring January as Tamil Heritage Month.

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International Epilepsy Awareness Month – March 2020

Epilepsy is a condition of the brain characterized by recurrent seizures. Approximately one in ten Canadians will experience at least one seizure during their lifetime. 1 in 100 people have Epilepsy. Epilepsy Durham Region is committed to promoting independence and optimal quality of life for individuals living with epilepsy and their families through support, advocacy, and public education.

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