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Sikh-Nova-Scotian Children Help Raise Awareness About Dementia





The Maritime Sikh Society Tornadoes Team, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, is a group of hardworking dedicated young students who are caring and passionate about science.

We work countless hours building, programming and constantly improving our Lego robot to prepare for competitions, and we put a lot of effort into the tasks and projects required of us. We take pride in our work and enjoy having a hands-on relationship with science that makes learning fun and exciting for all of us.

We are very excited about the project portion of this competition, which is based on this year’s theme, Senior Solutions. We had to identify a common problem in seniors and come up with an innovative solution

After meeting with many different people, we found that one in five seniors live with some type of dementia, which affects their social and physical health. As a result, our team decided to do more research on dementia, and learned that the most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.

In Nova Scotia, over 15,000 people are living with this disease. We have talked to some professionals and made presentations within our community.

Throughout this experience we have learned how serious Alzheimer’s disease is and how it affects not only the seniors but their families as well.

To show our support, our team hosted a dinner fundraiser to raise awareness of this disease and collect funds for the Alzheimer Society. We prepared a short skit about the symptoms and affects of Alzheimer’s to educate our audience. This event was a huge success. 

Our team is very fortunate to have had this opportunity and hope to continue working with the Alzheimer Society to raise awareness within our community.

Finally, we would like to extend a special thank you to Manvinder Dhillon, who is our teacher, and the coordinator of this project.


[Courtesy: Alzheimer Society]

November 10, 2012

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