Haida Gwaii caregivers sought for new program helping them cope with dementia

  • Dec. 3, 2010 7:00 a.m.

Submitted by Dr. Penny MacCourt, UVic–An innovative educational program starting in early January will provide caregiving family members from Haida Gwaii the opportunity to explore the loss and grief issues associated with dementia.”There is relatively little information about grief, or how to address it, associated with progressive cognitive decline or dementia,” said project leader Dr. Penny MacCourt, of the Centre on Aging at University of Victoria. “Unattended caregiver grief can compound other stressors and increase caregiver distress and negative health consequences.”The new Coping with Transitions program will connect caregivers from the islands with a skilled registered coach with extensive knowledge and experience in counselling the caregivers of people with a dementia. Coaching is being offered in both online and telephone group formats. “The group formats allow participants to share experiences and to learn from each other,” said Dr. MacCourt. An online group will run Tuesdays from Jan. 4 to Feb. 15 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Two telephone groups will also run. The first takes place Tuesdays from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m., beginning on Jan. 4 and running through Feb. 15. The second runs Wednesdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 23 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Interested residents must pre-register for by contacting Dr. MacCourt at 1-877-244-0419. She will explain the project, answer any questions, and provide assessment forms required before the first meeting.While in the program, participants will explore the loss and grief issues of the caregiving experience.”The dementia journey requires ongoing adjustment to many changes over a long period of time that result in feelings of loss,” said Dr. MacCourt.”You are witnessing the progression of your family member’s dementia. The 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, to name just a few.”The goals of Coping with Transitions are to identify tools and strategies for weathering the losses and are provide to a greater number of options for caregivers to better meet their needs.”We will be evaluating how helpful this educational program is to caregivers”, she said, “Increased access to support will benefit them and may delay the need for placement for their family members with dementia.”The program is supported by the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Just Posted

PHOTO GALLERY: Masset takes off on Terry Fox Run

More than $1,000 raised for Terry Fox Foundation

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

Prince Rupert’s ferry issue is a North Coast issue, MLA Rice

Prince Rupert not alone in fight to save ferry to Ketchikan: Alaskan Rep. Ortiz

Brand new vessel for Massett Marine Rescue

The Tagwaal was unveiled to the public Sept. 6

First Nations given max compensation for Ottawa’s child-welfare discrimination

2016 ruling said feds didn’t give same funding for on-reserve kids as was given to off-reserve kids

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

B.C. bus crash survivor petitions feds to fix road where classmates died

UVic student’s petition well over halfway to 5k signature goal

Most Read