Alzheimer society hosting caregiver workshop in Revelstoke

Workshop will provide techniques and strategies caregivers can use to help those with Alzheimer's.

Contributed by the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

Family caregivers of people with dementia are often called the invisible second clients for good reason.

As many Revelstoke families have found, their roles as informal caregivers are critical to the quality of life of the person for whom they care.

“Without caregivers, people with dementia would have an increasingly poorer quality of life and would need residential care more quickly,” explains Carly Gronlund, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Support & Education Coordinator for Revelstoke and the North/Central Okanagan.

The support, though, can come at a cost: caregiver exhaustion. And that’s why the Society is bringing its free Family Caregiver workshop to Revelstoke.

The Wednesday, May 27, workshop helps caregivers learn strategies to care for someone with dementia and to take care of their own health, to ensure they are prepared to continue to provide care to their family members.

“We provide practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin using immediately,” Gronlund says.

Topics to be covered include:

— Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

— Effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia.

— Understanding behaviour as a form of communication.

— Self-care for the caregiver.

— Planning for the future.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 27 at the Revelstoke Senior’s Centre, 603 Connaught Avenue. Pre-registration is required. For information and to register contact Carly Gronlund toll-free at 1-800-634-3399 or email cgronlund@alzheimerbc.org.

The workshop is free thanks to partial funding by the Province of BC, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, RBC Foundation, Seacliff Foundation,Victoria Foundation, Mott Electric GP, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Colin and Lois Pritchard Foundation, Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, Frank and Yvonne McCracken Foundation, Kaatza Foundation, Lohn Foundation, London Drugs Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Morris & Helen Belkin Foundation, Bellringer Family Foundation and through the generous contributions of individual donors.

More information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as resources for living with their impact, are available by visiting www.alzheimerbc.org.

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