The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers free caregiver support and information groups in Abbotsford and Mission.
Participants meet monthly to share practical tips and strategies for living with dementia.
“They create support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia,” says Cyndi McLeod, regional education and support coordinator.
“It’s a safe environment where you can learn, laugh, and help each other through mutual understanding.”
The groups serve people who want current information that will help improve the quality of life for themselves and their family member.
In addition to joining support and information groups, McLeod says caregivers can think about some of these strategies to take care of themselves. These include:
• staying fit – activity is key for physical and mental health. Walking or any other exercise helps. So does healthy eating.
* making time for yourself – take some time regularly for activities that you enjoy. You’ll likely have to arrange for someone else to be with your family member, so plan ahead.
* creating a sanctuary – since the demands of caregiving sometimes make it difficult to leave your home, designate a room in the house as your quiet space. Spend a few minutes there each day, away from the demands of your life.
* accepting help – this can be as difficult as asking for help, but it’s important. Whenever family and friends offer you assistance, take them up on it.
For more information, local residents can contact Cyndi McLeod at 604-702-4603 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More resources are available at alzheimerbc.org.