Recent dementia diagnosis? Workshop

It’s a phrase no one wants to hear from their doctor, yet it’s a reality for an ever-increasing number of Cowichan Valley residents.

Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“You have dementia.”

It’s a phrase no one wants to hear from their doctor, yet it’s a reality for an ever-increasing number of Cowichan Valley residents. Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease for Canadians as they age.

To help residents understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to Duncan on Thursday, Feb. 11.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks,” explained Jane Hope, the Society’s support and education coordinator for Cowichan and the North & Central Island.

The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis. The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

The workshop runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cowichan Public Library’s The Gathering Place, 2687 James St. Pre-registration is required, by contacting Jane Hope at 1-800-462-2833 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

The workshop is free thanks to partial funding from the Province of B.C., Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Seacliff Foundation, RBC Foundation, Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Merck Canada, Community Connection Health Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, Lohn Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, Pfizer Canada Inc. and by the generous contributions of individual donors.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit www.alzheimerbc.org