A dementia workshop will take place in Kelowna July 13.

Workshop to help Kelowna residents diagnosed with dementia

Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to Kelowna on July 13.

“You have dementia.”

It’s a phrase being heard by an ever-increasing number of Kelowna residents during a medical appointment.

To help them understand this pressing health issue, the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. brings its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, to Kelowna on Thursday, July 13.

Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on individuals, their caregivers and their support networks. The introductory session reviews the challenges of receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, how to begin planning for the future, and strategies for living well.

This session is intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who are currently supporting a person with a recent dementia diagnosis. The workshop is not intended for the general public or health-care providers.

The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Resource Centre, 307 – 1664 Richter Street. Pre-registration is required by contacting Carly Gronlund at 250-860-0305 or cgronlund@alzheimerbc.org.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias visit www.alzheimerbc.org.

The workshop is free thanks to partial funding from the Province of BC, Provincial Employees Community Services Fund, RBC Foundation, NWM Private Giving Foundation, Seacliff Foundation, The Phyliss & Irving Snider Foundation, The 1988 Foundation, Margaret Rothweiler Charitable Foundation, Frank & Yvonne McCracken Foundation, Wheeler Family Foundation, The Belmont Foundation, Paul Lee Family Foundation, Jack Brown & Family Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Victoria Foundation, Dr. Woo Hon Fai Memorial Foundation, Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, Don & Lynn Bendickson Foundation, Cadillac Fairview and by the generous contributions of individual donors.