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Series to help caregivers cope with dementia issues

A few hours could make a huge difference in the lives of caregivers.

The Family Caregiver Series, starting on Oct. 13, will explain effective ways to care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

"For family caregivers, the commitment can last many years, and can bring with it high stress levels and illness," explains Linda Hoskin, the regional support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., which is putting on the series.

"It's very important for caregivers to take care of themselves. They need to eat well, exercise and get enough rest so they can remain healthy."

Those points will be emphasized during the workshops, which are designed for family members who are caring for a person with dementia. It is not intended for persons with dementia.

The series runs on Thursdays, Oct. 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 10 and 17 from 7-9 p.m. at Selkirk College’s Castlegar campus. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register, call 250-365-1208.

Topics to be covered in the series:

  • Understanding dementia
  • Understanding communication
  • Understanding behaviours
  • Planning for the future
  • Self-care for caregivers

Fee is just $40, thanks to partial funding by the Province of BC, Pfizer Canada Inc., Lohn Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. and RBC Foundation.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and local support groups, contact Hoskin at 250-352-6788 or toll-free 1-877-452-6788, or e-mail lhoskin@alzheimerbc.org

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is the only province-wide non-profit organization dedicated to helping people concerned with or facing dementia have the confidence and skills to maintain a good quality of life.

The Society exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, to promote public awareness and to search for the causes and the cures.

For more information visit www.alzheimerbc.org.