Free workshop in Langley

A free information session helps families understand residential care for Alzheimer patients.

Langley residents face a serious health reality: the incidence rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is growing rapidly.

That means more families have to live with the issues of caregiving – and with the prospect of their family member requiring residential care.

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is helping local families prepare for those possibilities with a free workshop next Thursday.

Life in Residential Care focuses on the process of adjustment after a person with dementia has moved into a residential care facility.

“You will learn about the changes to your role as a caregiver that this transition can bring, and how to enhance your visits,” said Rose Puszka, the Society’s Support & Education coordinator for the Langley area.

The session will also review strategies for working effectively with a care team, and offer tips for acting as an advocate within a residential care setting.

The workshop runs on Thursday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Alzheimer Society Resource Centre, 200 – 20644 Eastleigh Cres.

Pre-registration is required. For information and to register, contact Puszka at 604-533-5277 or rpuszka@alzheimerbc.org.

The series is free, thanks to partial funding by the Province of BC, Seacliff Foundation, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, Merck Canada Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Lohn Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Coquitlam Foundation, Al Roadburg Foundation and through the generous contributions of individual donors.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

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