Workshop helps families deal with dementia

Alzheimer Society of B.C., will offer the free workshop Understanding Dementia and Life After Diagnosis, on Aug. 9

If knowledge is indeed power, Victoria residents coping with the impact of dementia are about to get stronger.

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., will offer the free workshop Understanding Dementia and Life After Diagnosis, on  Aug. 9.

Over the course of two hours, participants will receive basic information about dementia and the impact it has on the individual, caregivers, families and the community, as well as an overview of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

“They will have 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,” said Christin Hillary, the society’s Greater Victoria support and education co-ordinator.

The workshop, for people with a diagnosis of dementia, caregivers, and family members, runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alzheimer Resource Centre meeting room, 202 – 306 Burnside Rd. West.

Seats are limited for the workshop so pre-registration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 250-382-2052 or e-mail chillary@alzheimerbc.org

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, visit the Society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.