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Alzheimer resource centre moves to new location

The primary resource for North and Central Okanagan families living with dementia has a new home.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. Resource Centre has moved to 307-1664 Richter St., in Kelowna.

Michelle Hallgren, the non-profit society’s local support and education coordinator, says the centre has much to offer local families who are supporting anyone living with any form of dementia.

It helps caregivers and/or people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia by providing:

• one-to-one appointments

• information and free materials

• details about community resources and how/where to access them

• support groups that meet monthly; and

• the First Link referral program, coordinated by staff person Lila Sofonoff.

Sofonoff also delivers the Shaping the Journey program for people recently diagnosed with another form of dementia, and for their partner/family.

The resource centre also provides the fitness and social program Minds in Motion, for people with early symptoms of dementia and a family member or friend. It is coordinated in Kelowna and Vernon by staff person Melanie Wasylyshen.

Hallgren regularly offers education presentations on dementia-related topics including the Family Caregiver Series, and coordinates the centre’s support groups.

The resource centre also has openings for volunteers who can assist with any of the work.

For more information contact Hallgren at 250-860-03035 or mhallgren@alzheimerbc.org.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, visit the Alzheimer Society of B.C. website at www.alzheimerbc.org.

 

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