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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is launching a new online education workshop for caregivers and those living with dementia.

The free virtual workshops will start in October and will feature a smaller format that allows more opportunities for in-depth discussions on various topics in relation to dementia.

The society says residents in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge, and other Peace region communities can benefit from the interactive setting which allows more opportunities for participants to be heard and connect with others.

“We want to ensure all participants have a good understanding about the topic, share what they think, and encourage meaningful discussions,” says Lori Kelly, provincial coordinator, program operations at Alzheimer Society of B.C.

“This allows us to engage caregivers and people living with dementia in deeper conversations about topics on living with dementia and caregiving compared to our regular weekly webinars.”

These virtual workshops are facilitated by Alzheimer Society of B.C. staff and are an additional way caregivers and those living with dementia have the resources and support they need.

One workshop is called ‘Focus on behaviour: Delusions, hallucinations and visual mistakes’ and will discuss practical strategies for how to respond to behaviours caused by dementia and takes place on October 7th at 7 p.m. Registration for the event can be done by clicking here.

The next workshop will be on Thursday, October 28th at 10 a.m., called ‘Living safely with dementia’ and will focus on how people living with dementia and their families can live safely in the community.

More information about any upcoming session can be found on the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s website.

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