Alzheimer society in need of volunteers in Nanaimo

NANAIMO – Volunteers are urgently needed at the Nanaimo branch of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Volunteers are urgently needed at the Nanaimo branch of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Facilitators are being sought for two support groups: one for caregivers, and the other for those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Volunteers are also being recruited for the Minds in Motion program in Nanaimo.

“It’s very rewarding work,” said Jane Hope, the society’s support and education co-ordinator for central and North Island. “You’re enriching the lives of others. You are playing an integral role in helping those who are struggling to cope with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.”

Support group facilitators run monthly meetings that use an information and mutual aid model.

“They are based on the philosophy that people with similar issues are in a unique position to offer support to others on the same journey,” said Hope. “The objective of our groups is to strengthen the coping abilities of caregivers and reduce the impact of dementia on the community.”

A time commitment of approximately three to six hours per month is required. Extensive training is provided. Volunteers are also needed for Minds in Motion, a fitness and social program for those with early stage memory loss. It runs Tuesdays at Beban Park. Volunteers can choose to help with either a morning or an afternoon session.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Jane Hope at 250-734-4170 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

Residents can get more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias at www.alzheimerbc.org.