Workshops educate on dementia

NANAIMO – Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings two free workshops to the city in the coming weeks.

You have dementia is a phrase no one wants to hear from their doctor, yet it’s a reality for an ever-increasing number of Nanaimo residents.

To help them understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings two free workshops to the city in the coming weeks.

The first, Getting to Know Dementia, provides basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks.

The 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. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 21.

The other session, the two-part Family Caregiver Series, provides practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can use immediately.

Topics to be covered include understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia; understanding behaviour as a form of communication; self-care for the caregiver; planning for the future.

The series runs Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for all workshops, which take place at the Alzheimer Resource Centre, 200 – 1585 Bowen Rd.

Please call Jane Hope at 250-734-4170 or e-mail jhope@alzheimerbc.org.