Understanding what is happening in the brain is the foundation needed to cope with dementia.
"Caregivers say that stress is reduced when they understand the disease process and the resulting symptoms," explains Anthony Kupferschmidt, the LadnerDelta support and education co-ordinator for the nonprofit Alzheimer Society of B.C.
He will help area families increase their knowledge base, and coping skills, at a free workshop offered by the society on Saturday, Feb. 4.
Designed for people who are newly diagnosed or in the early stages of dementia, care partners and family members, Understanding and Living with Dementia runs from 2 to 4 p.m., at Delta Hospice's 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.
"They will have 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," says Kupferschmidt.
Admission is by donation, with handouts included.
For more information, contact Kupferschmidt at 604-238-7390 or e-mail email@example.com.