Basic information offered during dementia workshop

NANAIMO – Introductory session review challenges and support available.

“You have dementia.”

It’s a phrase that is a reality for an ever-increasing number of Nanaimo area residents.

To help them understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to the city on Dec. 7.

Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks.

The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis. The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

The workshop runs from 1-3 p.m. at the Alzheimer Resource Centre, 200-1585 Bowen Rd. Pre-registration is required by contacting Jane Hope at 250-734-4170 or

The workshop is free. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, please visit