Dementia workshops coming in June

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. will hold four workshops in Northeast B.C. in June on how to support those living with dementia.

The free Dementia Friends workshops gives participants an introduction to dementia to help them recognize when someone may be living with the disease. The workshop also includes strategies and tips for communicating with people who are living with dementia, and information on where to get more help.

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“We can all play a role in making our community a great place to live for people with dementia,” Sandra Meehan, a support and education co-ordinator for the Northern Interior, Skeena and Peace Region, in a statement.

The workshops run from June 11 to 18 in Mackenzie, Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Fort Nelson.

• Mackenzie: Monday, June 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mackenzie Recreation Centre conference room, 400 Skeena Drive.

• Fort St. John: Thursday, June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Room 154, Northern Lights College, 9820 120 Avenue.

• Chetwynd: Friday, June 15 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Chetwynd Public Library, 5012 46 Street.

• Fort Nelson: Monday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bear Pit, City Hall, 5319 50 Avenue South.

Pre-registration is required by contacting Sandra Meehan or Laurie De Croos toll-free at 1-866-564-7533 or

There are 564,000 Canadians living with dementia, according to the society. That number is expected to rise to 937,000 in the next 15 years.

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