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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dementia is a hard thing to see a loved one go through. But it can be especially tough situation for those who care for someone suffering from the illness.

“The physical and psychological toll on family caregivers is considerable.” – Leanne Ranes, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Support & Education Coordinator for Fort St. John and the Peace region.

To help those who may be caring for someone and are struggling, the Society is bringing its free Family Caregiver Workshop to Fort St. John on Wednesday, June 8.

Participants will learn how to care someone with dementia but also how to care for themselves, so that they can continue to care for their family members.

“We offer practical techniques and strategies that caregivers can begin using immediately,” Ranes says.

Topics included in the workshop are:
*Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
*Effective and creative ways of facilitating communication with a person with dementia.
*Understanding behaviour as a form of communication.
*Self-care for the caregiver.
*Planning for the future.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 100th Avenue. Pre-registration is required by June 3 by calling 1-866-564-7533 or emailing


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