Coping for caregivers

Trail families are invited to take part in a program that helps family members deal with the loss and grief issues associated with dementia.

The Coping with Transitions program offers residents access, either by phone or online, to a trained registered coach with extensive knowledge and experience in counseling caregivers of those suffering from dementia.

“The dementia journey requires ongoing adjustment to many changes over a long period of time,” said Dr. Penny MacCourt from the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria.

“The (dementia) progression results in many changes in your relationship, in shared activities, in roles and responsibilities, in dreams and plans for the future, and in living circumstances.”

Participants can join group discussions to share experiences and to learn from each other. The format provides easy access from home by phone or computer and assures full anonymity and confidentiality.

The project hopes to identify tools and strategies for caregivers to weather the losses and provide options to better meet            the needs of family members who suffer from dementia.

The program looks to aid families in caring for and identifying alternative support and perhaps delay the need for placement of family members with dementia in extended care facilities.

Telephone groups run Mondays from March 14 to April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. or Thursdays from March 17 to April 12, 7-8:30 p.m.

Online groups go Tuesdays from March 8 to April 12, 9:30-11 a.m. or from 7-8:30 p.m.

Interested caregivers can contact Dr. MacCourt to register or for more information at 1-877-244-0419.