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Workshop helps Cowichan Valley residents support a friend affected by dementia

Workshop Dec. 16
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A diagnosis of dementia will have a profound impact on the person receiving it, but also their family and friends. The Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s upcoming online education workshop will provide practical tips for Cowichan Valley residents on how to support a friend who is affected by dementia to maintain these connections to show that they are not alone.

According to an Insights West poll done this past spring, one in three British Columbians report having family members other than their immediate family living with dementia. One in four report having friends or colleagues living with dementia.

The workshop, “How to support a friend,” (Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.), will explore how to better communicate with a person living with dementia. Participants will learn practical tips on how to offer support to the person living with dementia as well as caregivers or family members. The session is open to the public.

To learn more or register, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033 or visit

The Alzheimer Society also offers in-person dementia education programs. Visit for the locations.