Group offers caregiver support

A support group for those providing care to Alzheimer's patients meets monthly in Grand Forks.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can leave family caregivers feeling isolated. However, Boundary residents are not alone. “There are other people to share the journey with you,” says Julie Leffelaar, the Alzheimer Society’s support and education coordinator for the West Kootenays.

The society runs a monthly dementia caregiver support group for area residents who “want to prepare themselves with current information that will help improve quality of life with the disease,” she says. “It’s a safe environment where you can learn, laugh and help each other through mutual understanding.”

In addition to emotional support, the group offers the chance to exchange information and friendship with others affected by dementia, access the most current information, and learn and share practical tips for coping with change.

It meets on the third Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Grand Forks

For more information, contact Frani at 250-442-5320 or Julie Leffelaar at toll-free 1-855-301-6742 or jleffelaar@ alzheimerbc.org