10th Annual Alzheimer Dinner set for Jan. 25th

By Ken Johnston

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada and the Rainy River area is helping to raise awareness of the disease.
Virtual Dementia Tour
Two communities in the Rainy River area will be hosting a Virtual Dementia Tour. The tour allows people who do not have dementia or Alzheimer Disease to virtually experience what a person afflicted with the sickness goes through.
The tour will be held in Fort Frances on January 14th and in Rainy River on Jan. 15th. It is set up in 30 minute sessions two people at a time.
In Fort Frances it will be held at the Super 8 Hotel and in Rainy River at the Walla Walla Inn. To register contact the Kenora/Rainy River Alzheimer Society at 1-800-682-0245 or email at info@alzheimerkrr.com.
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a unique, interactive and effective tool kit proven to improve communication and care.
Memorial Dinner
Ten years ago a volunteer, Mrs. Linda Johnston, offered to spearhead A Dinner To Remember in Rainy River. For four years she did just that, raising awareness about Alzheimer Disease and thousands of dollars in the community to be used locally by the Kenora-RR Alz. Society for programs.
The in year five, Linda was diagnosed with cancer and lost her battle later that year. The dinner was renamed the Linda Johnston Memorial Alzheimer’s Dinner to Remember. For five years her family and friends carried on the dinner each year, continuing to raise awareness about the disease and funds for the charity.
This year is no different. Marking the 10th year of the event, sixth as Linda Johnston Memorial, plans are in high gear for January 25th.
Her husband Bob Johnston has again promised to make his top secret recipe roast beef with all the trimmings.
Friend and a long time supporter of the cause, Marlene McNally has feverishly been out collecting donated items for the penny table to be held that day as well.
Other volunteers, including local artists Patti Diebel and Vivian Locking, have been volunteering in other ways. The artists are working on Chairs for Charity. They paint donated chairs with beautiful artwork and they are then raffled off at the dinner.
Dinner tickets are now available at the Record Office and from Marlene McNally. It usually sells out so people should get theirs soon. Take out/delivery dinners are available. To get on that list contact the Record Office at 852-3366.
Chairs for Charity tickets are available at the Legion and the Record Office.