Course helps families care for those with dementia

A Family Caregivers’ Education one-day intensive course for family members who are caring for a person with dementia comes to Nakusp May 30.

A Family Caregivers’ Education one-day intensive course for family members who are caring for a person with dementia takes place at Selkirk College (Nakusp) on May 30 from 9-4 p.m.

Currently perceived as a retirement community with an older-aged population, Nakusp and the surrounding area hamlets are called upon by an increasing number of resources to provide direct service or supportive information. This is directed toward individuals, caregivers and families on the subject of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

The Family Caregiver Series of workshops are designed to help participants learn more about the subject including the importance of early planning and developing practical coping strategies.

This workshop will cover the following topics: understanding dementia, communication, behaviour, planning for the future and self-care for caregivers.

“This is a really wonderful course which won’t come to the Nakusp area again for another year,” commented organizer Julie Leffelaar. Register at Selkirk College now by calling the Nakusp campus at 265-4077. The $20 workshop fee includes lunch. For more information contact jleffelaar@alzheimerbc.org