Alzheimer’s workshop Aug. 21

One in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 – approximately 500,000 people – lives with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

One in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 – approximately 500,000 people – lives with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

Age being the greatest risk factor for dementia, that number is expected to grow as Canada’s population ages.

The latest census data shows that 24.1 percent of the Comox Valley population was 65 or older in 2011, which is why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, for area residents.

The introductory workshop will run Aug. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the  Florence Filberg Centre at 411 Anderton Ave. in Courtenay.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on the individual, their care partners, and their support network,” explains Jane Hope, the society’s regional education and support co-ordinator.

The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis, the importance of planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners, and family members are all invited to attend. Donations would be gratefully accepted.

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

More information on Alzheimer’s disease, and resources for coping with its impact, is available from Hope toll-free at 1-800-462-2833 or via e-mail jhope@alzheimerbc.org, or the society’s website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

— Alzheimer Society of B.C.

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