Coffee and questions help families living with dementia in Vernon

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is holding a Dementia Coffee & Questions session

A conversation over coffee can offer help and understanding to Vernon families confronted by dementia.

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings a dementia coffee and questions session to the community on May 21.

The session runs from 10 a.m. to noon at The People Place, 3402 27th Ave.

It’s an informal conversation about dementia that can help caregivers.

“You’ll find out what others have experienced along the dementia journey,” said Sherry Wezner, the society’s support and education co-ordinator for the North and Central Okanagan.

“You’ll have a better understanding of dementia, some new strategies to try, knowledge about community resources and reassurance that you are not alone in your journey as a caregiver.”

The workshop is free thanks to partial funding from the Brian and Beverley de La Mothe Foundation, the Rix Family Foundation, the Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation, Seacliff Foundation, The the 1988 Foundation, St. Mary’s Health Foundation of New Westminster, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, Paul Lee Family Foundation, the Highbury Foundation, Jack Brown and Family Alzheimer Research Foundation, the Clark Family Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation, the Kapler-Carter Foundation, the Belmont Foundation, the Legion Foundation, the Lecky Foundation, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund and by the contributions of individual donors.

Pre-registration is required by contacting the regional Alzheimer Resource Centre at 250-860-0305 (toll-free 1-800-634-3399) or swezner@alzheimerbc.org.

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

Related: Column: Difficulty of dealing with dementia

Related: 6 myths people still believe about dementia

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