An ever-increasing number of Comox Valley residents are being diagnosed with dementia. FILE PHOTO

Workshop offers help for Comox Valley residents newly diagnosed with dementia

“You have dementia.”

It’s a phrase being heard by an ever-increasing number of Comox Valley residents during a medical appointment.

To help them understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to Courtenay on Friday, July 13.

Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks.

The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis.

The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

The workshop runs from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Native Sons Grand Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave. Pre-registration is required by calling 250-338-1000 or emailing rphilbrook@alzheimerbc.org.

The workshop is free thanks to the generous contributions of many organizations and individual donors. The Society acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

If you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, visit www.alzheimerbc.org and call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.

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