Free Workshop Offers Coping Strategies For Caregivers Dealing With Dementia

Free Workshop Offers Coping Strategies For Caregivers Dealing With Dementia

Submitted by Jan Anderson-Toupin, Community Organizer JHCS

Community members are invited to participate in a free teleconference session sponsored by Jeffery Hale Community Services in association with the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging. The teleconference will connect participants to a province-wide video seminar scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Community Learning Centre in the library of Quebec High School (945, Ave. Belvédère, Québec, Qc G1S 3GZ).  Participants will learn new coping strategies as they care for family members with dementia.

Dementia is a loss of brain function that may accompany certain illnesses including: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, low vitamin B12 levels, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, chronic alcohol abuse and brain tumours to name just a few. The risk for dementia increases as a person ages; it affects memory, thinking, and behaviour. Dementia often progresses over time. Initially a person may have trouble remembering the name of familiar objects; may misplace items or get lost on familiar routes. Eventually a person with severe dementia may lose his/her ability to understand language, recognize family members and/or perform basic tasks of daily living, such as eating, dressing, and bathing.

Living with and supporting a loved one with dementia requires patience, insight, information and a sense of humour. Dr. Loraine Mazzella will offer insights to help caregivers and families cope and lend support to loved ones with dementia. For more information or to register for this free teleconference please call 418 684-JEFF (5333) Extension 1580.

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