Communicating with dementia

Changes in the brain due to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia often appear to family members as changes in the person’s behaviour

Changes in the brain due to Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia often appear to family members as changes in the person’s behaviour.

Campbell River caregivers will learn how to understand behaviour as a form of communication in a free tele-workshop offered on Thursday, June 23 by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. Understanding Behaviour, starting at 7 p.m., will explore strategies for determining what the person with dementia might be trying to communicate, and finding ways to decrease the occurrence of behaviours that concern us and how to respond in supportive ways.

Pre-registration is required. Pre-register by Monday, June 20 to participate by visiting www.alzheimerbc.org or phoning toll-free 1-866-396-2433.

Tele-workshops are learning sessions designed for family caregivers, but also open to health care providers.

They can be accessed via telephone, with an optional web component, recognizing that many caregivers are unable to attend in-person workshops.

Participants also have a chance to learn and to share with others who are in similar situations.

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