I Live With Dementia, Let Me Help You Understand, kicks off for Alzheimer Awareness Month.
The campaign is all about putting forth faces and voices of those living with various forms and stages of dementia such as Victoria’s Cindy Player. She discovered the Alzheimer Society and the resources available after her mother was diagnosed and she burst into the Saanich office crying. She continues to use the programs.
“I take part in some of the programs here and stuff and I think it’s really quality service,” Player said.
The support is broad and varied, said Meriel Randerson, support and education coordinator for the Alzheimer Society of B.C.. There are 15 different courses available by donation so no one is excluded by cost.
“We also have many different support groups that run throughout Greater Victoria,” Randerson said.
Minds in Motion, for example, is a fitness and social program for people experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and a friend, family member or care partner.
“That is great for people in early stages to middle stages of dementia and their care partner,” Randerson said. “Half of it is fitness and half of it is more socializing and doing brain stimulation games as a group. It’s an excellent program that has research behind it to show that it does actually improve and extend the quality of life of somebody with dementia by participating in those kind of exercises.”
Minds in Motion is available at the Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay for of $40 for five weeks. Call at 250-370-7300 or drop by, 1442 Monterey Ave.
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