Free Alzheimer workshop offered July 30

Two-hour session intended for people experiencing early symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease is the second most feared disease for Canadians as they age. And with many Abbotsford residents 50 years of age or older, dementia is becoming a pressing health issue locally. To help residents, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, here July 30.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers, and their support networks,” explains Jude Weir, the society’s support and education coordinator for Abbotsford/Mission.

The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis. The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 2825 Clearbrook Rd. Pre-registration is required. For information and to register contact Jude Weir at 604-859-3889 or jweir@alzheimerbc.org.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

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