Dementia program aims to help Cowichan Valley families

The journey with dementia poses many challenges. Having an understanding of what they will face can make all the difference for Cowichan Valley families on the journey.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s free Shaping the Journey: living with dementia educational program helps families "build the knowledge, skills and confidence to live well with dementia," said Tina Biello, the Society’s First Link program coordinator for the Central and North Island.

The program 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.

Participants will learn about the disease and meet others going through similar experiences. They will learn strategies to cope with changes and maximize quality of life.

Shaping the Journey runs in Duncan for three Tuesdays, July 8, 15 and 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required, by contacting Biello toll-free at 1-888-734-4171 or tbiello@alzheimerbc. org For more information visit