Jan. 21 – Dementia Friends Workshop, Coquitlam, open to all

As the population of our province ages, we will all be affected by dementia – as friends and family members, neighbours and people in the labour force. The Dementia Friends workshop is an opportunity to enhance your knowledge of how to best support people living with dementia in your community.

Dementia Friends Workshops are part of a larger Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFC) initiative in the province to support an optimal quality of life for people living with dementia. This workshop offers information for understanding the disease, addressing misconceptions, and recognizing signs of dementia. You will be provided with practical tips on how to best address and communicate with someone living with dementia, and when it may be appropriate to get additional assistance.

Our Speaker will be Jan Robson from the Alzheimer Society of B.C., and we’re trying for a special guest.

Join us Thursday, January 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, in the MacDonald-Cartier Room. Mark your calendar now; we’ll remind you in the next newsletter early in January.  Plan to bring a friend!

Before and after the speaker, we’ll have some extras. You can meet the SPS Seniors’ Professional Services group, and get your blood pressure checked, or your glasses cleaned and adjusted. We’ll have coffee, tea and snacks, and you can sign up as a Dementia Friend. But wait, there’s more! We’ll be drawing for some free memberships (new or renewal), donated by Brian Boyle of Dignity Memorial.