The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering a free program for those with early stage dementia and family, friends and caregivers. (submitted)

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering a free program for those with early stage dementia and family, friends and caregivers. (submitted)

Program helps Cowichan Valley families maximize quality of life with dementia

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia will be presented

A free educational series will help Cowichan Valley families and caregivers living with the impact of a diagnosis of dementia.

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia will be presented by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. on six consecutive Wednesdays starting on Nov. 6.

“Participants will learn strategies to live with changes and maximize quality of life,” says Jane Hope, the Society’s Support & Education coordinator for Cowichan and the rest of the North and Central Island region. “They’ll also review information needed to plan for the future.”

As an additional benefit, participants will meet others going through similar experiences.

“Educating yourself allows you to gain an understanding of what you and your family members are faced with, giving you the skills and confidence to maintain quality of life, both now and in the future,” adds Hope. “It helps families build the knowledge, skills and confidence to live well with dementia.”

Shaping the Journey is designed specifically for people experiencing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. It is also intended for care partners, family members or friends.

It runs on Nov. 6 through Dec. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Duncan Library, 2687 James St. Pre-registration is required by contacting toll-free 1-800-462-2833 or info.nanaimo@alzheimerbc.org.

If you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, visit www.alzheimerbc.org and call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 (English), 1-833-674-5007 (Cantonese and Mandarin) or 1-833-674-5003 (Punjabi).