Alzheimer Society needs volunteers

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. needs volunteers who can make outreach calls to caregivers for its First Link early intervention program.

Looking to make a difference in the Comox Valley?

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia can be a difficult experience for people with dementia and their families. A phone call from someone who cares can reminds them that there is help available and they are not alone.

The local Resource Centre of the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. needs volunteers who can make outreach calls to caregivers for its First Link early intervention program.

First Link connects individuals and families affected by dementia with services and support as soon as possible after diagnosis.

One in 11 B.C. residents over age 65 is affected by dementia and the number of cases is projected to double over the next generation. The resulting need for assistance is soaring. And volunteers help ensure that the demand is met.

“Volunteers are absolutely invaluable to our team,” says Jane Hope, the Society’s Support and Education Coordinator for the Valley and the Central/North Island. “It’s exceptionally rewarding work, to know that you are making a meaningful difference in someone’s life. Our volunteers tell us they get far more back in return than they give.”

First Link volunteers follow up every three to six months to ensure families receive information about the disease, planning for the future, tips for day-to-day living, and services in the community.

The positions have the following requirements:

• Excellent verbal communication skills and supportive listening skills;

• Knowledge of dementia and community resources or a willingness to learn;

• Formal or informal caregiving experience an asset;

Volunteers are asked to commit to one three-hour shift per week, during the day. Excellent training is provided.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Hope toll-free at 1-800-462-2833 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

Residents can get more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other

dementias by visiting www.alzheimerbc.org.

– Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Just Posted

SD 71 school trustee candidates answer questions on sexual identity issue

The four unacclaimed SD 71 candidates were asked their stance the SOGI issue

Courtenay candidates have their say

The 16 people running for Courtenay council gathered Tuesday evening at an… Continue reading

Comox Valley Regional District candidates address agricultural issues

Mid-Island Farmers’ Institute hosts all-candidates meeting

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

VIDEO: How to roll a joint

The cannabis connoisseur shares his secrets to rolling the perfect joint

Commercial diver drowns in Hecate Strait

WorkSafeBC and BC Coroners Service are investigating the diving incident south of Dewdney Island

Conservation officers investigate four elk shot and abandoned on Vancouver Island

Leaving harvestable game meat in the field is a punishable offence

B.C. Lions look to cement CFL playoff spot with victory over Eskimos

B.C. can cement a post-season berth in the wild West Division on Friday night with a home win over the Edmonton Eskimos

Canada ban on asbestos takes effect but mining residues are exempt

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna plans to announce the new regulations implementing the ban on Thursday in Ottawa

1,000 needles pulled from Cowichan River

Duncan area cleanup project nets three huge truckloads of garbage

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday.

Most Read