Today more than half a million Canadians live with dementia. When a senior begins to show symptoms of dementia, it can have an enormous impact on those caring for them. There is an excellent support system in Delta that can assist caregivers and those living with dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a term used to describe a progressive brain disorder that effectively changes how the brain works. It can be caused by a variety of other conditions and can display many different symptoms, including memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving, language, and communicating. Dementia can cause mood swings and sometimes even change a person’s behaviour and personality.
Here are three options that can help support seniors living with dementia in Tsawwassen and Ladner and beyond.
Hosted by The Waterford and The Wexford retirement living communities in Tsawwassen, the Virtual Dementia Tour offers caregivers a brief glimpse into what seniors living with dementia may be experiencing. The interactive experience, combined with a debrief session with professionals who work with seniors experiencing dementia every day, is insightful and transformative. Find out more about upcoming Virtual Dementia Tours by contacting Elisabeth Mason.
The Alzheimer’s Society of BC offers regular workshops, a support hotline, and support groups in Ladner, North Delta and communities throughout Metro Vancouver. Register for their upcoming ‘Getting to Know Dementia’ workshop by calling 604.449.5000.
Karen Tyrell, CDP, CPCA, CDCP is a Dementia Consultant and Educator based in the Lower Mainland who offers one-on-one and group support for families. Her book, Cracking The Dementia Code offers caregivers creative solutions to cope with changing behaviours. Workshops, a Caregiver App, and Dementia Cafes are all part of the services for caregivers provided by Personalized Dementia Solutions Inc.