One in 11 Canadians over the age of 65 - approximately 500,000 people - lives with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. With age being the greatest risk factor for dementia, that number is expected to grow as Canada's population ages.
The latest census data shows 15.5 per cent of the Delta population is 65 or older, which is why the Alzheimer Society of B.C. will be offering its free workshop, Getting to Know Dementia, for area residents.
The introductory workshop will run on Wednesday, July 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Cres.
"Participants will receive basic information on dementia and the impact it has on the individual, their care partners and their support network," explains Laura Feldman, the society's First Link co-ordinator for South Delta and Richmond.
The workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the diagnosis, different programs and services available in the community, the importance of planning for the future and strategies for living well.
People with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members are all invited to attend.
Pre-registration is required, by contacting Feldman at 604-238-7393 or e-mailing lfeldman@ alzheimerbc.org.
Donations would be gratefully accepted.
For more information on the disease and other dementias, visit the Alzheimer Society of B.C. website at www.alzheimerbc.org.