Alzheimer Society offers free workshop

Information is power when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

Information is power when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

And in less than three hours on Thursday, Nov. 17, Courtenay residents can build their power base thanks to the information offered in a free workshop by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Life After Diagnosis and Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is designed for people in the very early stages of dementia, and their families.

“Understanding what is happening in the brain is the foundation needed to cope with dementia,” says Jane Hope, the society`s support and education co-ordinator. “Caregivers say that stress is reduced when they understand the disease process and the resulting symptoms.”

The Nov. 17 workshop runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Lewis Centre, 489 Old Island Highway in Courtenay.

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call Courtenay Recreation at 250-338-1000 or 250-338-5371.

The society estimates that nearly half a million Canadians over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. More information on Alzheimer’s is available at the society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

— Alzheimer Society of B.C.