Jane Devji, originally from East Africa is climbing Kilimanjaro for the third time. She first climbed Kilimanjaro when she was in her early twenties. The second was with the Ascent for Alzheimer’s Team in 2009, where she also climbed with her two sons, Salim and Aly. In 2009, she got as far as Kibo hut, but had to turn back due to injury. The experiences and journey they shared with their entire Ascent 2009 team changed her life and has helped redefine her two sons’ lives. Salim Devji and Aly Devji are both climbing Kilimanjaro for the second time. They last climbed with the 2009 Ascent for Alzheimer’s Team and while Salim was successful to Uhuru Peak, Aly, suffering from illness, reached Gillman’s Peak before having to rapidly descend. This time, Gillman’s Peak will not be enough, this time; all three Devji Family team members want to reach Uhuru Peak together.
The Devji family have been involved in the care of the Elderly and those afflicted with dementia for many many years. In 1976, Jane and her husband Amin, started the Ladner Private Hospital where they excelled in the care for the elderly, but were unhappy with what was being offered for those afflicted with Dementia. After years of dedicated research, in 1991, the Devji family opened a purpose built 80 bed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Facility called the Delta View Habilitation Centre. The Devji’s believe in dignified person centred care for their residents. Their organization has been internationally acclaimed for the care they provide to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s like diseases.
They practice the Gentle Care Philosophy and together with their amazing care team practice “Hugs not Drugs” to continually improve the quality of life for their residents while reducing harmful medications. For this family, reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro symbolizes the upward struggle each person with Alzheimer’s faces, as well as the long, draining and sometimes lonely journey the resident’s loved ones face, day in and day out. As a family, they hope to continue to draw attention to the journey that families, caregivers, and people with the disease unfortunately must follow. The Devji’s would like to again have your assistance in collecting their goal of $30,000.00 in order to help The Alzheimer’s Society to research a cure or to help those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. In the end, we all just want to help people we all care about.
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Jim Mann — Letter to the 2013 Ascent Team
My name is Jim Mann and I am a member of the Alzheimer Society’s board of directors and an active Advocate for Alzheimer’s. But above all I am Living with Alzheimer’s.
I was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 58 and have endeavoured to stay active and healthy in order to make a difference and influence outcomes for others. Whether with stigma, early diagnosis promotion, workforce education, I have spoken out and raised awareness.
My level of staying active differs greatly from yours, obviously, but your role is hugely important to the Society’s efforts in awareness building and fund raising.
Your influence and active participation in the fund raising aspect alone cannot be overstated in its importance. The Society relies on you; I rely on you; and so do the guys in my support group and the spouses in my wife’s caregiver group.
The services of the Society are many, ranging from availability of brochures to peer-reviewed research funding, and much in-between. Where would I be without the services, support and advocacy of the Society? Where would my wife, Alice be? Where would the thousands of us around the province be, in fact?
Through your efforts the Alzheimer Society of B.C. makes a difference and will continue to provide the latest information on dealing with this horrendous disease, the support groups, the Dementia Help Line, the outreach, the education, and the advocacy.
You are not alone in this, but you are the only brave and adventurous souls who are this year’s team to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and for that I offer you my biggest THANK YOU. I am with you on this journey, if not by your side, in spirit as you make this journey.
As you prepare for your trek, practice your climbs on local hills and mountains please do not forget the important task of searching out and uncovering fund raising opportunities. Your efforts to raise not just the base amount but surpassing it will be rewarding to the Society and its members as well as a huge sense of satisfaction and gratification on your part. I ask you please to give it your extra push!
Thank you and good luck.
In addition to leading an advocacy campaign for a dementia strategy in B.C., Jim serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. and Alzheimer Society of Canada, speaks at public events and gives countless media interviews to share his story about living with Alzheimer’s disease since being diagnosed in 2007. In addition, he is currently taking “Jim’s Push for a Plan” advocacy campaign around the province, speak- ing at town halls with persons with dementia, their caregivers and local MLAs.