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Alzheimer Society of B.C. fundraiser to honour Prince George Sandi and Florent Foucher

Northern B.C. Alzheimer’s Society honourees Sandi and Florent Foucher.

If you’ve ever cheered on the Prince George Cougars, enjoyed the local theatre or worked out at the university gym, you’ve likely been in the presence of Sandi and Florent Foucher – but unaware of the challenges they live with following a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

After 52 years of marriage, eight since they first recognized his symptoms, Sandi and Florent are sharing their story to inspire small changes that can have a large impact for people living with dementia in the community.

“People don’t understand the struggles that are going on inside,” said Sandi, primary caregiver to Florent, who lives at home with the disease. “I don’t want to be negative when I see people. I want to be positive about something.”

“I want to be positive too,” said Florent, a very social person whose first symptom was trouble finding words.

As Florent and Sandi navigated the health care system and connected to all the support and education available through the Alzheimer Society of B.C., they also began finding their own ways to make it through social situations with Florent’s language loss.

Florent is among the 85,000 people living with dementia in British Columbia. If current trends continue, B.C. will see one of the most dramatic increases in the number of people facing the disease, with nearly 250,000 people in the province diagnosed by 2050.

People across the province will have the opportunity to help mitigate this impact and raise funds for essential Alzheimer Society of B.C. programs and services at the charity’s flagship fundraiser on Sunday, May 28.

The IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, presented by Go Auto, helps provide critical supports for people affected by dementia, while breaking down stigma surrounding the disease. Each of the 21 events across B.C. is dedicated to an honouree – an individual or group affected by dementia, or someone who has valuably contributed to the lives of people living with the disease.

This year Florent and Sandi are being honoured at the northern B.C. event in Prince George for their contribution to the community and their desire to help other people affected by dementia.

Sandi and Florent found most people they told had the desire to help, but they lacked the knowledge to engage meaningfully with someone living with dementia. Sandi now encourages others facing fresh diagnoses to connect their friends and families with the Society to gain the confidence to respond to someone living with dementia.

“After coming to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Northern Resource Centre workshops, I felt comforted by knowing more, being more prepared and knowing that it’s OK,” Sandi said. “As the stages progress, I gain more understanding of the disease.”

To help make a difference in the lives of people like Florent and Sandi on their dementia journey in your community, visit walkforalzheimers.ca.

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