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Support groups offer local residents ‘a place of hope’

A place to find a sense of hope—that is what Kelowna residents can find by attending the free information and support groups offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“It’s a place to exchange information, support and find friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia,” said Jennifer Hamilton, the society’s local support and education coordinator.

Participants learn about dementia, its progression and the impact it may have on individuals and families.

They also learn practical coping strategies, encouraging caregivers to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their physical and emotional health.

The meetings offer “the chance to regain some control in the face of a disease that cannot be controlled.”

For more information on meeting times and locations, contact Hamilton at 250-860-0305 (toll-free 1-800-634-3399) or email jhamilton@alzheimerbc.org.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is the only province-wide non-profit organization dedicated to helping people concerned with or facing dementia have the confidence and skills to maintain a good quality of life.

The society exists to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote public awareness and to search for the causes and the cures.

 

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