More dementia awareness and support is coming soon to Campbell River.

Work has begun to develop a project based on local needs, after the city and the Campbell River Seniors Network received a $5,000 Plan-H Community Connectedness grant.

Initial work will bring together a volunteer advisory group made up of families, caregivers, key local organizations and others working or living with people experiencing dementia.

“This project will help people with dementia feel comfortable shopping, walking, getting around and enjoying life to its fullest in our community,” says Mary Catherine Williams, executive director of Volunteer Campbell River.

Initial project work will begin this fall and includes:

  • Researching awareness campaigns in other communities
  • Identifying specific local needs
  • Developing a strategy for Campbell River

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. The group of symptoms involves vascular dementia (the second most common type), Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease and Lewy body, to name a few.

Brenda Wagman of the Seniors Network says the project will help get the word out that dementia is not a disease, but a group of symptoms caused by disorders affecting the brain. She says a big misconception is that dementia only occurs in elderly people. 

For more information on this project, get in touch with Mary Catherine Williams at (250) 287-8111, or Brenda Wagman at (250) 286-6355.