Impact of Alzheimer’s diagnosis discussed

Nanaimo families and caregivers who are coping with the impact of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease have a new local resource.

Nanaimo families and caregivers who are coping with the impact of a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease have a new local resource.

The educational program – Shaping the Journey: living with dementia – starts next month and is designed specifically for people experiencing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

It is also intended for care partners, family members or friends.

“It is for people who want to explore the journey ahead in a positive and supportive environment,” said Tina Biello, First Link coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Educating yourself will allow you to gain an understanding of what you and your family members are faced with, giving you the skills and confidence to maintain quality of life, both now and in the future.”

In four Thursday sessions – 12:30-3 p.m. July 5 through July 26 – the program will cover: the brain and dementia, hearing the diagnosis, maintaining general health, life after diagnosis, planning ahead and maintaining your spirit.

Participants will not only learn about the disease, but also meet others going through similar experiences and learn strategies to cope with changes and maximize quality of life.

Registration is required to participate. To sign up, please call Biello at 250-734-4171 or e-mail tbiello@alzheimerbc.org.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, please visit www.alzheimerbc.org.