January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64% of all dementias in Canada.

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease, but research is improving the way we provide care and will continue to search for a  cure.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

We do not yet know what causes Alzheimer’s disease but researchers have identified risk factors associated with it.

Aging

  • The most important risk factor is aging. A minimum age needs to be reached for Alzheimer’s disease to develop.  People do not get the disease in their teenage years or even in their 20s. It is well-established that aging can impair the body’s self-repair mechanisms. And of course, many of the risk factors increase with age, such as blood pressure, stress, and obesity.

Genetics

  • There is no doubt that genetics play a role in the disease. Yet only a small percentage of cases is associated with the specific genes that cause the inherited form of the disease. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing a disease, but do not guarantee it will happen.

Other factors

  • Research is being done on other factors such as existing diseases or conditions that the person may have, infections, toxins in the environment, education level, alcohol and tobacco use, diet and exercise.

Are there treatments for Alzheimer’s disease?

Several medications are now available to treat some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs are not a cure for the disease. They do not stop its progression.

By making a donation you are supporting families who face Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, on a daily basis. Through donations, the Alzheimer Society is here to offer a variety of Programs and Services; there will be funding for research into causes, treatments and cures. To make a donation Click Here

New SocialVibe Charity

New year, time for a new charity to promote. The chosen one..?

To Write Love On Her Arms

Mission Statement

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Vision

The vision is that we actually believe these things…

You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world.

[…]

We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible […]

Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.

The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.

The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.

The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.

The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.

The vision is better endings.  The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships.  The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love.  The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise.  The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.

The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.

The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.

The vision is hope, and hope is real.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

As someone who has struggled with deep depression over the years personally, and also who has had many people around me suffering and coping as well, this charity seemed like a good choice for me to promote.

If you are able, please take a moment to click on the SocialVibe widget to the right to make a contribution. Thanks 🙂

Quick Numbers

121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. (World Health Organization)

18 million of these cases are happening in the United States. (The National Institute of Mental Health)

Between 20% and 50% of children and teens struggling with depression have a family history of this struggle and the offspring of depressed parents are more than three times as likely to suffer from depression. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Survey, 1999)

Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders and substance abuse, with 30% of teens with depression also developing a substance abuse problem. (NIMH)

2/3 of those suffering from depression never seek treatment.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide, and suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers. (NIMH)

About Depression

According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of disability, with approximately 121 million people suffering with depression worldwide. The National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 18 million people suffer from depression in America alone. Depression does not discriminate across age, race, gender, or class. Among teenagers it is estimated that 20 percent will suffer from depression at some point by the time they reach adulthood. There are also as many as 8.3 percent of teens suffering from depression for at least a year at a time, compared to 5.3 percent of the general population.

Save the CBC!

Calling all Canadians! Please read the following (from Stop the CBC Smackdown):

“On May 3rd, just one day after the Conservative Party won a majority government, Heritage Minister James Moore said:

We believe in the national public broadcaster. We have said that we will maintain or increase support for the CBC. That is our platform and we have said that before and will commit to that.

Minister Moore’s remarks echoed the words of dozens of Conservative MPs who made the same pledge to local voters before and during the election. Yet, just a few months later, Moore changed his tune. During an appearance on the CBC Radio program Q, Moore lowered the boom on the CBC:

The CBC has to do its part. The idea that the CBC can’t find five per cent efficiencies . . . to give back to the broader economic framework is silly. Of course the CBC will be part of this overall process.

Since that statement, it has been reported that the government will target the CBC for a 10% budget cut. And if the government cancels an annual “program top-up” of $60 million, the total cut could amount to more than $160 million. A cut of this magnitude would have devastating consequences, further dumbing down of CBC News, cancelling plans for new regional services and even forcing the CBC to close stations.

CBC is not part of the government’s deficit problem. In fact, the CBC’s budget has declined steadily over the years.

Almost every day,Conservative MPs rise in the House of Commons calling for the de-funding of our national public broadcaster. Some are sponsoring petitions and trumped up “polls” on their websites to attack the CBC. Currently, Rob Anders, the Conservative MP for Calgary West, is circulating an online petition to the House of Commons calling on the Conservative government to “end public funding of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation“.

And, the fundraising wing of the Conservative Party has also launched a loaded survey which asks financial supporters “In recent years, CBC funding has exceeded a billion dollars per year. Do you think taxpayers receive good value or bad value from the CBC?” The fundraising pitch goes on to say that “This survey is very, very important to our legislative planning“.

Conservative MPs have not stopped there. With the head of SUN Media cheering from the sidelines, the Conservatives have also launched offensives against the CBC at two Parliamentary Committees.

When it comes to the CBC, the latest opinion research shows the Conservative government is off side with the Canadian public who hold our public broadcaster in high regard, believe that the CBC is doing an excellent job, and value highly the important role it plays.”

 

If you too believe that the CBC is an important part of Canadian culture, and/or if you are just fed up with our a$$ of a Prime Minister stealing from the poor to give to the rich, please click on the link below and sign the petition!

I♥CBC