n increasing number of Chilliwack
residents are finding themselves caring for a family member.
The reason? Dementia, the medical term for a set of symptoms that are
caused by disorders affecting the brain.
"The physical and psychological toll on family caregivers can be
considerable," says Cyndi McLeod, Alzheimer Society of B.C. Support &
Education Coordinator for Chilliwack.
Knowing the signs of caregiver stress and finding ways to get support
are important for both families and those for whom they are caring. To
help families on the dementia journey, the Society brings its free
Family Caregiver workshop to Chilliwack on four consecutive Friday
afternoons, beginning on March 3.
will learn strategies for taking care of someone with dementia, as well
as taking care of their own health to ensure they are prepared to
continue providing care for their family members.
"We offer practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin
using immediately," McLeod says.
Topics to be covered include:
• Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
• Effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a
person with dementia.
• Understanding behaviour as a form of communication.
• Self-care for the caregiver.
• Planning for the future.
The workshop runs Fridays, March 3, 10, 17
and 24 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Landing Leisure Centre's Clover Room, 45530
Spadina Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting the Alzheimer
Resource Centre at 604-702-4603 or via email here.
workshop is free thanks to partial funding by the Province of BC,
Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, RBC Foundation, NWM
Private Giving Foundation, Seacliff Foundation, The Phyliss & Irving
Snider Foundation, The 1988 Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable
Foundation, Tony & Mignon Fenton Trust, R.K. Grant Family Foundation,
Frank & Yvonne McCracken Foundation, Cadillac Fairview, London Drugs
Foundation, Division 15 Mechanical Ltd., Jack Brown & Family Alzheimer
Research Foundation, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, Djavad
Mowafaghian Foundation, Victoria Foundation, Don & Lynn Bendickson
Foundation, Lohn Foundation and by the generous contributions of
More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available
• March 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Free Family Caregiver workshop, hosted by
the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Workshop runs from 2-4 p.m. at the Landing
Leisure Centre's Clover Room - 45530 Spadina Avenue. Pre-registration
required via email here or call 604 702 4603.
Breakfast to Remember
• March 9, 2017, 7:15– 9 a.m.
• Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver
• Keynote speaker: Sue Paish, Chief
Executive Officer, LifeLabs
• Guest speaker: Jill Daum, Actor and
For more information, visit the
Vancouver event page.
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