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Alzheimer Society seeking volunteers

The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts is looking for volunteers to help out with some of its upcoming activities.

These include distributing the cash calendars and selling them at a variety of fairs, distributing posters in the Fort Frances area, and carrying out a few administration projects.

“We’re looking for people to help us raise awareness about the Alzheimer Society and to provide individuals with Alzheimer awareness,” explained Lynn Moffatt, executive director of the local organization, which is based in Kenora.

Another popular event is the annual “Ride for Memories,” which sees motorcyclists raise money for the local Alzheimer Society.

This year’s fundraiser is scheduled for Aug. 27, with Fort Frances being the host location.

“So we need people to help out with registration, as well as the dinner,” Moffatt noted.

While Moffatt said the local Alzheimer Society usually gets the numbers of volunteers it requires to run these activities, it would like to have some new volunteers to grow its volunteer base in the Fort Frances area.

“Right now our client base in Fort Frances is growing, and we need more volunteers in the area to support our goals and objectives for the organization,” she stressed.

Moffatt said because age remains the single largest risk factor for dementia, “baby-boomers”—the country’s largest demographic group—will be most impacted.

As the first “boomers” reach 65 this year, their risk for developing the disease will double every five years.

“So we do need to be increasing our support services and programs to support that aging population,” she remarked.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Moffatt toll-free at 1-800-682-0245 or via e-mail at lynn@alzheimerkrr.com

More information also can be found by visiting www.alzheimerkrr.com

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