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Families guided through challenges of dementia

There is no instruction manual telling people how to negotiate changes to the family structure due to a loved one developing dementia, but a series of free workshops can help.

Jane Hope, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in Nanaimo, is running three workshops, starting April 3, to help families facing the challenges of dementia.

The first workshop, Understanding and Living with Dementia, reviews the disease, provides suggestions for learning to live well with it, and outlines services available in the community.

It takes place Tuesday (April 3) from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 200-1585 Bowen Rd.

The second workshop, The Transition to Residential Care, covers important considerations when choosing a care facility.

It takes place April 5 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Nanaimo Seniors Village, 6089 Uplands Dr.

The final workshop, Living in Residential Care, covers the process of adjustment after a person with dementia has moved into a residential care facility.

It takes place April 12 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Nanaimo Seniors Village.

Pre-registration for all three workshops is required.

For more information or to register, please call Hope at 250-734-4170 or e-mail jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

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