September 28, 2017 Chilliwack BC: 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 is considerable,” says Cyndi McLeod, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Support & Education Coordinator for Chilliwack and the Fraser region.
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 three-week Family Caregiver Series to Chilliwack on three Fridays, October 13 to 27.
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 series runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Landing Sports Centre, 4530 Spadina Avenue. Pre-registration is required by contacting McLeod at 604-702-4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is free thanks to partial funding by the Province of B.C., 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, Frank & Yvonne McCracken Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, The Belmont Foundation, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Jack Brown & Family Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Victoria Foundation, Dr. Woo Hon Fai Memorial Foundation, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, Don & Lynn Bendickson Foundation, Cadillac Fairview and by the generous contributions of individual donors.
More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available at www.alzheimerbc.org.