Dial in for Alzheimer info

Upcoming tele-workshop to offer practical strategies to deal with the challenges of supporting a person with dementia.

Cloverdale residents who want to learn more about the changes people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia go through are invited to dial into a free teleworkshop.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is offering ‘Understanding Behaviour,’ a session by telephone on Wednesday, May 13.

Participants will learn practical strategies for dealing with the challenges of supporting a person with dementia at home.

“Caregivers will learn how to understand behaviour as a form of communication,” said Jan Robson, the society’s provincial coordinator.

The session will explore strategies to determine what the person with dementia might be trying to communicate and to find ways to decrease the occurrence of behaviours that concern caregivers so they can respond in supportive ways.

The workshop is offered twice May 13, first at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Participants can ask questions and share with others who are in similar situations.

Simply dial this toll free number a few minutes before the session: 1-866-994-7745 then enter the pass code 1122333 when prompted.

An online presentation can be viewed at the same time. To use the website, visit www.momentum.adobeconnect. com/alzheimerbc and log in as a guest.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and dementias, which affect one in 11 people in Canada over the age of 65, visit www.alzheimer.ca/en/bc.