SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

WHEREAS, one in four individuals living with dementia cited stigma as a reason to conceal their diagnosis. Due to our aging population, someone will develop dementia every 65 seconds and the number of Canadians living with dementia will double in the next 15 years.

WHEREAS, this year, residents are being asked to wear blue and white to show their support for Dementia Friendly Communities, bolster awareness and reduce stigma about this disease. These communities ensure those living with dementia are part of inclusive environments where they have choice and control over their everyday lives.

WHEREAS, The City of Thunder Bay supports an inclusive space for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and their care partners and families. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.   NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Bill Mauro, on behalf of Thunder Bay City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2019 as “Dementia Friendly Day” in the City of Thunder Bay.