Humboldt and area should see new programming addressing supports for those individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. During Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Conexus Credit Union has announced a three-year partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan (ASOS). In a release, Conexus representatives stated that as  part of the partnership, Conexus will be investing a total of $120,000 towards the creation of the Dementia Friendly Communities Project, an initiative aiming to offer educational activities and resources to individuals and families in Saskatchewan who are living with dementia. Conexus will also be sponsoring ASOS’ annual Understanding Dementia community presentation, which takes place during Alzheimer's Awareness Month each January.

The release notes that in Saskatchewan, there are over 20,000 people who are currently impacted by dementia, with this number expected to increase in the next several years as the province’s population continues to age. According to ASOS, by 2038 the overall economic burden of dementia will be more than $152 billion nationally.

“Research shows us that roughly 60 percent of people with dementia live in their communities and want to remain connected and involved in the places they call home. The Dementia Friendly Communities Project is about making that aspiration of staying connected to community an everyday reality for those living with dementia,” said Celina Philpot, CEO of Conexus. “We know that it’s far more challenging to enhance the financial wellness of our members when they’re struggling to meet their basic human needs. This new partnership offers the potential to positively impact the lives of people living with dementia and their families in communities across Saskatchewan through education and support.” 

“The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is extremely excited about our new partnership with Conexus Credit Union. We believe this partnership between Conexus and ourselves will positively impact the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners in communities throughout Saskatchewan,” said Joanne Bracken, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Zyg Kondzielewski of Humboldt has long worked with family members impacted by Alzheimer’s. He indicated that programming was being arranged for Humboldt and area through the coming months. 

Online presentations addressing dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are open to the public. For more information, connect with the Alzheimer Society.