ACTIVE LIFE: Workshop covers basics of Alzheimer’s

NANAIMO – Alarming statistics results in free workshop on getting to know dementia.

Approximately one in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias.

The statistics are more than just numbers. They represent local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

This insight has led the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to bring its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to Nanaimo July 3.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on the individual, their care partners, and their support network,” said Jane Hope, the society’s support and education coordinator for the central Island.

The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis, different programs and services available in the community, the importance of planning for the future and strategies for living well.

People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members are all invited to attend.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon on July 3 at the Alzheimer Resource Centre, 200-1585 Bowen Rd. Pre-registration is required. For information and to register, please contact Hope at 250-734-4170 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.