LTC homes can help raise Alzheimer’s awareness during 24th annual Coffee Break

The Sept. 19 event, which is hosted by the Alzheimer Society, also raises money to support programs and services

September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada is gearing up for its 24th annual Coffee Break fundraiser and awareness campaign on Sept. 19.

Communities and organizations – including long-term care homes – can play a part in this important campaign. Coffee Break events can be hosted in any space where a stand can be set up.

According to the Alzheimer Society, the Coffee Break campaign raises more than $1 million every year. Proceeds from each Coffee Break stay in the communities where they are raised to support programs and services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.

Coffee Break functions feature coffee, tea, juice and cookies sold in exchange for a donation to the local Alzheimer Society in the community where the event is held.

“When you host a Coffee Break in your community, you help raise much-needed funds for local programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Your support makes a huge difference in their lives,” the Alzheimer Society of Canada says on its website.

OMNI Health Care long-term care homes have been past participants in the campaign, and homes throughout the organization can contact their local Alzheimer Society to get materials to host their own Coffee Break events.

Given the large percentage of long-term-care home residents who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, the OMNI has a history of supporting fundraising and awareness campaigns to help the Alzheimer Society and its branches.

Click here for ideas on how to host a Coffee Break.

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