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Prince George community members facing dementia invited to share experiences, improve support services

Jennifer Lyle

There are more than 85,000 people living with dementia in British Columbia, with that number expected to grow to almost 250,000 by 2050. Nearly 3,000 people in the Prince George area — equivalent to more than half of the population of Smithers — live with the diagnosis. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. wants to hear from them, and the people who care for them.

“As the number of people living with dementia continues to rise, providing care often falls on family members, friends and neighbours,” says Jennifer Lyle, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. “Dementia does not signify the end of a meaningful life, but it does affect all aspects of life and we want to help ensure the right support is available everywhere in the province. Increased awareness and open conversations about dementia are more important than ever.”

Lyle will be in Prince George on Tuesday, August 15 to hear local experiences of dementia alongside MLA Shirley Bond. Dementia in Prince George: A community dialogue takes place from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. People living with dementia, care partners, health-care providers and anyone whose lives have been affected by dementia are invited to share their insights.

“Thousands of people live with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and it is very likely that all of us know someone who is living with dementia,” MLA Bond says. “The number is expected to grow dramatically. As we work to improve support and services, it is essential that we listen to people living with dementia and those who care for them. That is why we are hosting a community dialogue, to listen, learn and consider what the future of dementia care looks like.”

This time will provide people affected by dementia the opportunity to share their experiences of the disease, learn about what the Society can do for them and hear about upcoming plans for the Society. The Society also wants to understand how it can improve or expand the support it currently offers.

To register, visit alzbc.org/PG-dialogue

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