Dementia services made available

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. would like local residents to know that our programs and services for people on the dementia journey continue to be available to them.

“The society is stronger than ever in the Okanagan region,” explains Jean Blake, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“Another non-profit organization who works in the Alzheimer’s disease field recently requested emergency funding from the Kelowna city council.

“That organization was not the Alzheimer Society of B.C.”

In fact, thanks to $1 million funding from the B.C. Ministry of Health Services last September, the society has been able to offer expanded services in six areas of the province, including the North and Central Okanagan.

Families on the dementia journey now have access to new programs including Minds in Motion and First Link.

Minds in Motion is a fitness and social program for people experiencing early-stage memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and their care partners.

The program promotes the concept of healthy living and the establishment of support networks early on the dementia journey.

There are currently two Minds in Motion locations in the Okanagan, one in Kelowna and one in Vernon.

First Link  is an early intervention service designed to connect individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia with services and support as soon as possible after diagnosis.

Formal referral from physicians and health professionals allows for proactive contact with individuals and families.

“It means we’re able to pro-actively reach out to individuals who have recently been diagnosed with the disease, provide support sooner to them and their caregivers, and better prepare and support them through their journey with the disease,” said North and Central Okanagan First Link coordinator Phyllis Dyck.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. provides services throughout the Okanagan through several resource centres.

The society is the only province-wide organization providing support, education, and information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through support groups, education programs, telephone workshops, and the Dementia

The province-wide toll free Helpline is 1-800-936-6033. The society serves Kelowna residents at our Alzheimer Resource Centre, found within the historic Knowles House at 865 Bernard Ave. and can be reached at 250-860-0305 or toll-free at 1-800-634-3399.


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