Coquitlam Foundation funds Alzheimer’s-support program for seniors

Monday, September 22, 2014

COQUITLAM – The Coquitlam Foundation has granted $2,238 to Coquitlam’s Glen Pine 50-plus Society to enable it to continue offering the Tri-Cities Leisure Connections program, which provides weekly support to those suffering from varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Coincidentally, the board’s decision to approve the grant took place on Sept. 21—World Alzheimer’s Day. Upwards of 70,000 British Columbians suffer from a form of dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Janet Toddington, chair of the foundation, noted that the Leisure Connections program was in danger of being cancelled after it abruptly lost its funding from the United Way earlier this summer.

The weekly program at Glen Pine is designed to enhance the quality of life—for people 60-plus with mild to moderate memory loss—through social, physical, emotional, cognitive and leisure activities. “It provides the participants with the tools to once again have fun, laugh and meet new friends,” Toddington said.

Ron Grender, chair of the foundation’s grants committee, explained that the grant will enable the program to continue operating until the end of 2014.

The foundation distributed grants, bursaries and scholarships totaling a record $124,000 to community organizations and local residents in the year ending June 30. It now manages funds in excess of $2.7 million.

The foundation always welcomes donations to its foundation-directed and donor-advised funds. Please visit our website (www.coquitlamfoundation.com) for more details. The Coquitlam Foundation is registered with Canada Revenue as a charitable organization, No. 890762347 RR0001.