Support available for Summerland caregivers

Asking for help is never easy. But for residents caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, it’s essential.

Asking for help is never easy for most people. But for the increasing number of Summerland residents caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, it’s essential.

“You really can’t support your family member by yourself,” says Laurie Myres, regional education and support coordinator for the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. for Summerland and the South Okanagan and Similkameen.

The society provides free local support and information groups.

Participants meet monthly to share practical tips and strategies for living with dementia.

“They create support and friendship with others whose lives are affected by dementia,” says Myres.

Participants receive much-needed emotional support. “It’s a safe environment where you can learn, laugh, and help each other through mutual understanding.”

The group serves people who want current information that will help improve quality of life for themselves and their family member.

For more information on the Summerland group, contact Laurie Myres at 250-493-8182 (toll-free 1-888-318-1122) or lmyres@alzheimerbc.org. More free resources are available at www.alzheimerbc.org.

Nearly 747,000 Canadians — including many in Summerland — are affected by dementia, and that number is forecast to double within the next 25 years.