Dementia-friendly community concept pondered in Qualicum Beach

Other news from town council includes the live streaming of meetings

Melanie Young wants to make Qualicum Beach one of Canada’s most Dementia-Friendly Community (DFC).

Young spoke to town council Monday in advance of a seminar, touting the benefits of DFCs around the world, particularly in Bruges, Belgium.

A registered nurse and general manager of The Gardens — which she stressed she wasn’t representing at the time — Young said that dementia affects one in 20 people over the age of 65. That’s particularly important in Qualicum Beach she said, with the country’s oldest population, where 47 per cent are over age 65.

The key at this stage is to increase awareness and start a conversation about DFCs, she said. There will be the perfect opportunity to do that at the dementia seminar on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m. at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre.

The event will include four renowned speakers: executive director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Marc Wortman from the Netherlands; Elena and Nico Bins who were key in making Bruges “arguably the most dementia friendly city in the world,” Young said; and Qualicum Beach’s own renowned dementia expert and gerontology PhD candidate Laura Booi.

For more information on the seminar e-mail Young at qualicumcares@gmail.com or call 250-947-5147.

• Watch for the Qualicum Beach Fire Department and other emergency service volunteers collecting for their annual Christmas food and toy drive in your neighbourhood this weekend (Nov. 21-22). Leave a bag with donations on your front step if you will not be home. Call the fire hall at 250-752-6232 for more information.

• Qualicum Beach town council is ready to start streaming their meetings live online. Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland told council during Monday night’s regular meeting that they were streaming it as a test and hoped to be posting the meeting video on the town website (www.qualicumbeach.com) soon.

• Council encourages residents to check out the first public draft of the Waterfront Master Plan at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. There will be a final presentation on consultant SNC-Lavalin’s Phase 1 report and a presentation from town staff on the upcoming Phase 2.

• Council passed four housekeeping motions related to the Heritage Forest Commission brought forward by liaison Coun. Neil Horner. Council directed staff to work with the commission on dealing with a precarious branch hanging over a trail, a crackdown on dumping, providing cedar bark mulch for the trails and a look at what neighbouring properties can do.

Just Posted

Vancouver Island family reunited with Silver Cross medal after 40 years

‘It’s very moving’: Cilka LaTrace and siblings reflect on uncle’s military service medal

Parksville residents react to Don Cherry’s firing

Opinions mixed on if he should have been fired from Hockey Night in Canada

Business Notes: M&N wins third Torch Award

Parksville mattress and furniture store earns 2019 honour

Ballenas Whalers players earn gridiron all-star nods

Pair of local standouts also earn MVP accolades

Four generations of logging and mining stories in one Parksville show

John Gogo will share regional stories, family history, song at Ground Zero Acoustic Lounge

VIDEO: Canadian allergists’ group wants Benadryl behind the counter due to side effects

Some doctors say the medication is over-used because of its easy availability

B.C. forest industry trade mission finding new markets in China

Diplomatic tensions eased, minister Doug Donaldson says

Sex assault charge stayed against Port Moody mayor

Rob Vagramov completed an alternative measures program, special prosecutor said

“I thought, enough is enough”: B.C. teen takes on bullies through social media

‘I thought, enough is enough. I wanted to try something to stop it.’

Audit finds Canada’s fisheries in decline and response lacks urgency

Report says 17 per cent of fish stocks are critically depleted, up from 13.4 per cent in 2018

Small group of Cherry fans protest his firing at Rogers HQ

One sign at the Toronto rally: ‘Rogers cancels Don, we cancel Rogers’

Campbell River RCMP investigating after two stabbing incidents Tuesday night

Police are treating each case separately and have one person in custody

Nearly half of B.C. drivers nervous in winter conditions: BCAA

‘Wait and see’ approach common practice for 32% of B.C. motorists

Autism support dog refused bus access for being a ‘pet’

B.C. grandmother files complaint with TransLink, calls for better awareness of service dogs

Most Read