Slice of life: Dementia workshop offered

Are you concerned about a family member’s driving abilities? For caregivers of a person with dementia, it’s a serious concern. Fortunately, Abbotsford families can turn to the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. for assistance.

Are you concerned about a family member’s driving abilities? For caregivers of a person with dementia, it’s a serious concern. Fortunately, Abbotsford families can turn to the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. for assistance. The Society presents a free tele-workshop, Driving and Dementia, on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. Family caregivers will explore some of the issues surrounding driving cessation, including how to identify when driving is no longer safe and how to approach discussions on the subject. The workshop also suggests alternative methods of transportation and offers strategies to prevent the use of the car if necessary. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 19. Visit www.alzheimerbc.org or phone toll-free 1-866-396-2433 to register. Tele-workshops are learning sessions designed for family caregivers, but also open to health care providers. They can be accessed via telephone, with an optional web component, recognizing that many caregivers are unable to attend in-person workshops. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, visit the Society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

Curling a social event

The Abbotsford Curling Club is hosting its Early Registration/Social Night on Friday (Sept. 16) at 6 p.m. Come down and register your curling team early. There are still spots available for the upcoming season starting on Sept. 26. There are Senior Men’s, Ladies and Mixed daytime curling leagues and Men’s, Ladies and Mixed evening curling leagues. If you are a beginner and want to join a Novice league and learn the game, they now have a Ladies Tuesday evening Develop-mental league and a Wednesday evening Novice Mixed League where you will receive skill training and game experience. There will also be an Adult Learn to Curl Novice Clinic that will be held on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also on Sept. 25 from 1-4 p.m. The cost is $15 for one session and $20 for both sessions. Please call or email the Abbotsford Curling Club to register for this Clinic at abbycurlingclub@shaw.ca or 604-859-9244.

Cancer support For women

Women with Cancer support group meets every third Thursday of the month. This month’s meeting will be on Sept. 15 at the Superstore, 2855 Gladwin at 7 p.m.  For information contact Edith at 604-504-0630. Shoppers Drug Mart on Trethewey and South Fraser Way have given the group its support and held a fundraiser last Friday. Betty, the Cosmetic manager, is a cancer survivor and will be attending the meeting along with her co-worker, Miya.

Hominum meets

HOMINUM Fraser Valley Chapter is an informal discussion and support group to help gay, bi-sexual and questioning men with the challenges of being married, separated or single. Our next meeting is on Friday Sept. 30. For information and meeting location, call Art 604-462-9813 or Don 604-329-9760.

Heritage club for kids

Are you interested in the history of our community? Do you realize that you are the next generation of historians? Clearbrook Library and MSA Museum have partnered to show students that history can be dynamic and exciting. This new Heritage Club encourages kids in grades 3 to 7 to look at and explore the local history of Abbotsford. Learn about local historical buildings and landmarks, historical events and celebrations, and learn about local pioneers, who have contributed to the thriving history of Abbotsford. Heritage Club members will choose a local history related topic to research and present what they have learned in a public forum during BC Heritage Week. Join us on Oct. 4 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Clearbrook Library (32320 George Ferguson Way, phone 604-859-7814) for the introduction and registration session. This club runs from Oct 2011 to February 2012 on the first and third Tuesday of the month.

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