Loving Home Care Services has collaborated with Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. to bring about awareness, information and up-to-date resources for families and their respective care-aides. The Alzheimer Society is Canada’s leading nationwide health charity for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Active in communities right across Canada, the Society offers services and programs, research funding, public education and awareness campaigns, and advocacy.
Dementia is a term that generally refers to a variety of brain disorders. Different physical changes in the brain cause different dementias. Some are reversible, meaning that they can be treated and cured, while others are irreversible, meaning there is no cure. Symptoms worsen over time and include loss of memory, changes in judgment and reasoning, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language and changes in mood and behavior.
Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible and eventually fatal. Other dementias include vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia (including Pick’s disease), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Lewy body dementia. Dementia is not a normal part of aging, but age is the biggest risk factor
As of 2016: An estimated 564,000 Canadians are living with dementia. By 2031, this figure is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 percent.1 The combined health-care system and out-of-pocket costs of dementia are estimated at $10.4 billion. By 2031, this figure is expected to increase by 60 percent, to $16.6 billion.
Education, Information and More
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is your connection to a variety of resources and information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and to helpful information for family members and care-aides.
Individuals who are facing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias benefit from receiving information as soon as possible. The journey with dementia poses many challenges and having an understanding of what you are facing, and reliable information about the types of help available to you will make a difference.
Family care-aides caring for a person living with dementia can be challenging, but it can also be rewarding. Solving problems and becoming confident in knowing how to care for a person with dementia can provide the person with a great sense of satisfaction.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers educational programs throughout the province to educate and empower people with dementia, their families, and friends. Below is a description of some of these programs.
First Link® formal referrals help physicians and other health-care providers connect individuals and their care partners to Alzheimer Society of B.C. services and support. A First Link formal referral gets you connected for support throughout your journey. Once a formal referral has been made, you don’t have to contact the Alzheimer Society of B.C. — they will reach out to you to provide information and support. The more you know about Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, the better you may be able to cope with your situation. You will be linked to community supports and services.
If you are living with dementia or have questions about the disease, call the First Link® Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033. The Helpline assists individuals in building the confidence to maintain a quality of life when facing dementia. A trained, caring team of staff and volunteers will answer your call and can provide information and support.
Minds in Motion® is a fitness and social program for people experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and a friend, family member or care partner. A 45-minute fitness program is led by a certified fitness instructor, followed by an hour of socializing, refreshments, and activities such as board games, trivia games, word games, bingo, or other activities.
The Family Caregiver Series is a five-session education series for family members who are caring for a person with dementia. Participants will learn about dementia, practical coping strategies, and early planning.
Shaping the Journey: living with dementia® is an educational program designed specifically for people experiencing the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, as well as a care partner, family member, or friend. It is for people who want to explore the journey ahead in a positive and supportive environment.