Tele-workshops help families navigate world of dementia

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. will guide Victoria residents through dementia issues during a free workshop on Oct. 24.

How does dementia affect you? And how do you get help with it from the health-care system?

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. will guide Victoria residents through those issues during a free tele-workshop on Oct. 24.

Local family caregivers can learn about advocating for a person with dementia, with the help of Barbara Lindsay, the society’s director of advocacy and public policy.

The tele-workshop will help residents make sense of the formal health-care system and addresses how advocacy can help ensure your family gets the help and support you need, when you need it.

The workshop starts at 7 p.m. Visit www.alzheimerbc.org or phone toll-free 1-866-994-7745, and enter pass code 1122333, when prompted.

Tele-workshops are learning sessions designed for family caregivers, but also open to health-care providers.

The sessions can be accessed via telephone, with an optional computer component that allows you to watch the video presentation online, recognizing that many caregivers are unable to attend in-person workshops. At the end of the tele-workshop, participants have an opportunity to ask and share with others who are in similar situations.

For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect one in 11 Canadians over the age of 65, visit the Society website at www.alzheimerbc.org.