Williams Lake families coping with dementia may have to consider residential care at some point for a family member.
To help families dealing with the issues of dementia, the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will offer the free workshop, Transition to and Life in Residential Care, on Friday, Oct. 28.
Designed for family caregivers, it explores some of the challenges and issues surrounding the decision to transition someone with dementia into a residential care facility. “Caregivers will gain a better understanding of what to expect in a residential care facility and learn how to support a person with dementia who is living in a facility,” says Tara Hildebrand, the regional support and education co-ordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Participants will also learn about how loss and grief can impact caregivers as well as the person with dementia, and will explore strategies for coping with and adjusting to changes.
The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Deni House, Education Room, 517 N. 6th Ave. The $16 fee covers lunch and materials.
Pre-registration is required, and can be done by contacting Hildebrand toll-free at 1-800-886-6946, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is partially funded by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., RBC Foundation, Province of BC, and Frank and Yvonne McCracken Foundation.
For more information on Alzheimer`s disease and related dementias, visit the Society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.