Society needs help meeting demand

Volunteers are a treasured resource that allow the Alzheimer Society of B.C. to provide a range of free services

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.” – Sherry Anderson, author

This quote echoes the sentiment of the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C, especially in Campbell River.

Volunteers are a treasured resource that allow the Society to provide a range of free services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. They help the Society with everything from making phone calls to caregivers to facilitating support groups.

“They are absolutely invaluable to our team,” says Jane Hope, the Society’s regional Support and Education Coordinator.

An estimated one in 11 B.C. residents over age 65 already deals with Alzheimer’s disease or another other dementia. And that number is projected to double over the next generation. The resulting need for assistance is soaring, and volunteers help ensure that the demand is met. The need locally right now is for facilitators to run monthly support group meetings, and volunteers who can make outreach calls to caregivers for the First Link early intervention program. Training is provided, and a one-year commitment is required.

“I have been honoured and touched by the many caregivers who have shared the challenges of their journey with me,” says Anne Jankowski, who volunteers as the First Link support volunteer.

For more information on the volunteer positions, contact Hope toll-free at 1-800-462-2833 or jhope@alzheimerbc.