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Making Prince George dementia-friendly

Sandra Meehan
Sandra Meehan

It’s never too soon or too late to make changes that will maintain your brain health.

Similarly, it’s always the right time to learn how to make the Prince George community dementia-friendly.

Those two objectives come together in the city on Saturday, April 27. That’s when the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. runs its Dementia Friends and Healthy Brains workshop for area residents.

“You’ll learn about brain health, dementia, and how to play a role in making our community dementia friendly,” says Sandra Meehan, one of the Society’s Support & Education Coordinator for Prince George and the rest of the Northern Interior, Skeena and Peace region.

Actively engaging in protecting and maintaining your brain is an essential part of healthy aging, she says. The workshop offers strategies and tips for improving the health of the mind, body and spirit. “You can set goals to improve your brain health.”

The workshop also gives participants an introduction to dementia, one of B.C.’s most pressing health issues. “We’ll help people recognize when someone may be living with the disease,” says Meehan. The session includes helpful strategies and tips for communicating with people who are living with dementia, and information on where to get more help. “We’ll explore how you can help people living with dementia feel included and supported.”

The session runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prince George Public Library’s Keith Gordon Room, 888 Canada Games Way. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration is required by contacting 1-866-564-7533 or info.princegeorge@alzheimerbc.org.

If you are a caregiver or person living with dementia looking for information or assistance, please call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.

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