Free series provides hope for Cowichan caregivers

Caregiving for a person with dementia can be extremely challenging for Cowichan Valley families, both physically and emotionally. As the disease progresses, you may be required to provide different types of support, from assisting with financial decisions

to helping with everyday tasks.

"At times this may feel overwhelming," said Jane Hope of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. But there is hope.

"By educating yourself about dementia and learning caregiving techniques, you have the ability to maintain quality of life for both you and the person you are caring for," she said.

That education can begin for Valley families with the society’s free Family Caregiver Series, which runs on four Tuesdays beginning on Sept. 9.

The evening sessions provide practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin using immediately. Participants will gain an understanding of dementia, communication and behaviour as a form of communication.

Workshops run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Rd.

Pre-registration is required. For information and to register contact Jane Hope toll-free at 1-800-462-2833 or jhope@alzheimerbc. org