Vernon caregivers get tips for living well with dementia

Alzheimer Society of B.C. presents free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, at Vernon's People Place Friday, Sept. 6.

  • Aug. 30, 2013 8:00 a.m.

If you assemble three Vernon residents in a room, chances are that one of them knows someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

That’s how prevalent the disease has become, according to the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

The statistics are more than just numbers. They represent local families who are affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This insight has led the society to bring its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to the area.

The introductory workshop will run on Friday, Sept. 6.

“Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on the individual, their care partners, and their support network,” said Carly Gronlund, the society’s support and education coordinator for Vernon and the Central Okanagan.

The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis, different programs and services available in the community, the importance of planning for the future and strategies for living well.

The free workshop is intended for caregivers and family members of people with dementia only. It runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at The People Place, 3402 27th Ave. Pre-registration is required.

For information and to register contact Gronlund at 250-860-0305 or cgronlund@alzheimerbc.org.