Alzheimer Society presents Family Caregiver Series

Alzheimer Society presents Family Caregiver Series

Program in Abbotsford runs for three Saturdays, starting Oct. 20

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its Family Caregiver Series to Abbotsford starting Saturday, Oct. 20.

The series runs for three consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Garden Park Tower, 2825 Clearbrook Rd.

Cyndi Mcleod, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. support and education co-ordinator for the Abbotsford and Mission region, says an increasing number of local 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,” Mcleod says.

She says that knowing the signs of caregiver stress and finding ways to get support are important for both families and those for whom they are caring.

The caregiver series is designed for family members who are caring for a person living with dementia. It shares information about dementia, coping strategies, and early planning.

“We offer practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin using immediately,” Mcleod says.

Pre-registration is required by contacting the regional Alzheimer Resource Centre at 604-859-3889 or info.southfraser@alzheimerbc.org.

More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is available at alzheimerbc.org.

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