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What happens when a family member gets a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias?

What happens when a family member gets a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias?

Many issues – emotional and physical – quickly surface, says Jane Hope, the central Island support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The society will help Campbell River families grappling with those many issues, at a free workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Running from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ironwood Place (1351 Ironwood St.), the workshop will provide an introduction to Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and cover creative approaches to supporting a person with dementia.

“Understanding what is happening in the brain is the foundation needed to cope with dementia,” explains Hope.

People with dementia typically experience changes in communication and behaviour, she says. The workshop will show effective ways for family caregivers to support the person and to reduce friction and stress.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Contact Hope toll-free at 1-800-462-2833 or email jhope@alzheimerbc.org.

More information on Alzheimer disease, and resources for coping with its impact, is available online at  www.alzheimerbc.org