Workshop July 7 for Alzheimer’s caregivers

Those who take care of others also need some support

The Family Caregiver Series, a one-day workshop on Thursday, July 7, will explain effective ways to care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

“For family caregivers, the commitment can last many years, and can bring with it high stress levels and illness,” explained Jane Hope, the regional support and education co-ordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Practical techniques for coping with the impact of dementia are emphasized.

The series runs on July 7 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Vancouver Island University’s  Parksville-Qualicum Centre, at 100 Jensen Ave. East, in Parksville.

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

Cost is $20, which includes lunch and handouts.

Topics include:

• Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;

• Effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia;

• Problem solving for behaviors that concern us;

• Self-care for the caregiver.                   — Submitted