Aside from the experience this rally provides us as automotive enthusiasts, it is also about raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and money to fight it. We are raising funds through donations and sponsorships, with all of the proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta. Money raised outside Alberta will be donated to the respective provincial Alzheimer’s Society chapter.
“I believe Alzheimer’s and dementia represent a silent epidemic that will become a health and social crisis in the near future if it isn’t already.
Generally, Canadian’s are not familiar with the early signs of Alzheimer’s which delays treatment and, as a society, we are ill-equipped to properly care for our loved ones and deal wth the ripple effect of the disease.”
Canada 5000 co-driver
Meet Marilyn Myers, David’s Mom.
Marilyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her early 60s. It progressed quickly. Today, at 75, she is no longer the strong, amazing woman she once was and should have continued to be.
Marilyn, and women like her, are our motivation to help Canadians and our various governments understand Alzheimer’s better, particularly as it affects women, and to prepare for the challenges of dealing with this disease in the coming years.
Did you know that women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease? That’s because women live longer than men and age is the biggest risk factor. Are you one of the 72%? Do you know someone who is?
Did you know that Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed earlier now and there are medications that may help slow down the disease? The best way to detect the onset of Alzheimer’s is to know the 10 warning signs.