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Helping the caregivers to cope

A few hours could make a huge difference in the lives of Kelowna caregivers.

The Family Caregiver Series, starting on June 2, will explain effective ways to care for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

“For family caregivers, the commitment can last many years, and can bring with it high stress levels and illness,” explained Jennifer Hamilton, the regional support and education coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C., which is putting on the series.

“It’s very important for caregivers to take care of themselves. They need to eat well, exercise and get enough rest so they can remain healthy.”

Those points will be emphasized during the workshops, which are designed for family members who are caring for a person with dementia.

The series runs on June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Hawthorn Park, 867 KLO. Rd.

Attendance is limited to 30 persons so pre-registration is required.

For information and to register contact Hamilton at the Alzheimer Resource Centre, 865 Bernard Ave., 250-860-0305 or jhamilton@alzheimerbc.org

Topics to be covered in the series will include understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia; problem solving for behaviors that concern us; planning ahead to ensure the wishes of the person with dementia are honoured, and understanding the health care system; and self-care for the caregiver.

 

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