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Richmond caregivers learn to build support networks

It goes without saying that family caregivers in Richmond are almost always on the lookout for help. And the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is showing them where to find it.

It goes without saying that family caregivers in Richmond are almost always on the lookout for help.

And the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. is showing them where to find it.

"Caregiving can be extremely challenging, both physically and emotionally," said Krista Frazee, Richmond-South Delta support and education coordinator for the society.

As the disease progresses, caregivers may be required to provide different types of support, from assisting with financial decisions to helping the person complete everyday tasks. It can often become a 24-hour-a-day job.

"You and your family member will benefit greatly from the help of those around you who care, including friends and family members," said Frazee.

Tapping into a support network is vital, she said, and Richmond-South Delta residents who are supporting a person with dementia who is living at home can find out how at a free workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Accessing Services - running from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Richmond Caring Place Room 345/350, 7000 Minoru Blvd. - will review strategies for accessing support from a variety of sources in the community, from getting help from family and friends, to navigating the formal health care system.

The session will also consider some of the challenges that can arise when making the decision to access services and support, and offers strategies for working with service providers and acting as an advocate.

To pre-register for the limited seating, contact Frazee at 604-238-7391 or info.richmond@alzheimerbc.org.

Donations would be gratefully accepted. More information at www.alzheimerbc.org.