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Dementia support available

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can leave those with the disease, and their care partners, feeling isolated.

However, they are not alone. There are other people to share the journey, said Jane Hope, local support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The society hosts family caregiver and early stage support groups that meet monthly.

“These groups are there for people who want to inform themselves with current information that will help improve quality of life with the disease,” said Hope. “It’s a safe environment where you can learn, laugh, and help each other through mutual understanding.”

The groups offer practical tips, a supportive environment, and a chance to learn from, and share with, others in similar circumstances.

For more information on meeting times and locations, contact Hope at 250-734-4170 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

Meanwhile, the society is offering a free tele-workshop May 26 at 7 p.m. that explores how communication is affected by dementia, and offers insights about effective communication strategies and ways of providing care that focus on the needs of the person.

For caregivers of a person with dementia, communication is vital, but can become increasingly difficult.

Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register by May 23 to participate. Visit www.alzheimerbc.org or phone toll-free 1-866-396-2433.

The society is committed to ensuring public perceptions reflect the real issues, and to securing funding for support and research.

 

 





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