Residents learn about Alzheimers

One in three Canadians know someone with Alzheimer’s disease – and the number is projected to skyrocket over the next decade.

One in three Canadians know someone with Alzheimer’s disease – and the number is projected to skyrocket over the next decade.

To help Nanaimo residents better understand the health implications, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. hosts a free workshop Wednesday (June 13) entitled Getting to Know Dementia.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on the individual, their care partners, and their support network,” said Tina Biello, the society`s First Link coordinator for Nanaimo and area.

Alzheimer’s disease is  one of the most feared disease for Canadians as they age.

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 at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 200-1585 Bowen Rd. Pre-registration is required, by calling 250-734-4171, or e-mailing tbiello@alzheimerbc.org or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

For more information on dementia, please go to www.alzheimerbc.org.