Dementia workshop slated for July 10

“You have dementia.”

It’s a phrase being heard by an ever-increasing number of Prince George residents during a medical appointment.

To help them understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free Getting to Know Dementia workshop to the city on Tuesday, July 10.

Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks.

The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis. The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

It runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alzheimer Resource Centre, 575 Quebec Street. Pre-registration is required by contacting 250-564-7533 or

info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.

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

The Society acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.

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