The annual “Forget Me Not” dinner, hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, will be held this Saturday (Feb. 2) at La Place Rendez-Vous—one of the major fundraisers for the local non-profit organization.
“It's really important to have these dinners to raise awareness of the caregivers and persons diagnosed with Alzheimer's and related dementias,” stressed Rossana Tomashowski, who is executive director of the local Alzheimer Society.
“We want to educate the people and let them know they can learn more,” she noted.
“[And] if they want to be part of our society by helping us, we need volunteers,” she added.
The local Alzheimer Society helps more than 1,000 people affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
“It's important for people to know that our numbers are growing,” said Tomashowski, who will speak about the support groups and other services the local Alzheimer Society provides.
For example, it not only has support groups for caregivers but now is working more to provide activities for people with dementia—especially those who are diagnosed at a younger age—and want to socialize, go for coffee, go for walks, and paint.
Tomashowski is hoping to have greetings cards printed up in time for Saturday's event. These feature artwork made by Alzheimer Society clients who paint as part of their art therapy.
If they're ready in time, they will be sold in packets of six at the dinner. If not, they will be available at a later date.
Emcee Johnathan Price, meanwhile, will speak about the “Finding Your Way” initiative that helps ensure families have information on their loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia readily available in case they wander off and get lost.
At least 60 percent of people with dementia-related memory problems become lost at some point.
Saturday's dinner will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meal at 6.
Attendees also are reminded to bring their wallets as there will be silent auction items up for bid, a penny table, and hopefully the aforementioned greeting cards.
Proceeds from the dinner will go to the local Alzheimer Society to deliver programs and services at no cost to those affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
In related news, the Linda Johnston Memorial dinner, prepared by the Red Hat Society, will be held at the Rainy River Legion on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.
There will be a penny table, organized by Marlene McNally, and other fundraisers available during the evening.
Tickets cost $20 each, which are available at the Legion or through Debbie Wagner.
The Red Hat ladies and Alzheimer Society have a fun evening planned for all.