An 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, an 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.
Participants 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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 individual donors.
More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available at www.alzheimerbc.org