Recreation Therapy & Wellness for Young Onset Dementia
Young onset dementia has many forms and can strike at any time before the age of 65.
Over 1100 people in the Calgary area are experiencing this early degenerative brain disease and have symptoms that interfere with the quality of daily life, such as difficulty making decisions, losing one’s judgment, challenges with speech and vocabulary, and perhaps inappropriate behaviour.
Young onset dementia is not a disease of the elderly, but leaves its mark on the lives of vibrant 40, 50 and 60 year olds by limiting their independence, mobility and role in society. While young onset is considered rare, it is very real for 10% of the dementia population in Calgary and their families.
YouQuest will be a recreation therapy-based wellness program where active people with Young Onset Dementia can find purpose and a rewarding quality of life after diagnosis.
We are building YouQuest to:
Fill the service gap for those who are forced intounwanted retirement and changing roles at a time when a mortgage, and dependent children are expensive responsibilities.
Welcome people to a full-day alternative to premature placement in a long-term care facility, giving peace of mind and respite to care partners while reducing demand on the health care system.
Empower participants to choose how to live their fullest lives through connecting with one’s life story and enjoying peers, making choices with individualized support, and having the freedom to move and explore life’s possibilities.
Help us launch YouQuest to inspire a good day, everyday for people with Young Onset Dementia in Calgary; there’s a whole lot of life to be lived after diagnosis.
We would like to thank our first supporters in the community for their kind donations to our campaign, including: Village Brewery, COBS Bread Kingsland, Heritage Park, Improvement Programs, The Grocery LInk and Highwood Crossing.