Dementia education

Individuals who are facing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias benefit from receiving information as soon as possible. The journey with dementia poses many challenges, and having an understanding of what you are facing, and reliable information about the types of help available to you, will make a difference.

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers educational programs throughout the province to educate and empower people with dementia, their families and friends. Below is a description of some of these programs.

Contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre for more information or see the First Link Bulletin for a list of upcoming dementia education and support programs in your community.

Family caregiver series

A five-session series for family members who are caring for a person living with dementia. Participants will learn about dementia, practical coping strategies and early planning. Topics covered in the series include:


  • Understanding Dementia
  • Understanding Communication
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Planning for the Future
  • Self-Care for Caregivers

Read more about the Family Caregiver Series or contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia®

A six-session education series for people with early symptoms of dementia and their care partners to explore the journey ahead in a positive, informative and supportive environment. Participants will learn about dementia, explore strategies to cope with changes and maximize quality of life, review information on planning for the future, and meet others who are going through similar experiences.

Read more about Shaping the Journey: living with dementia® or contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.

Heads Up: an introduction to brain health

Healthy aging is important for everyone, and it is essential not to forget the health of your brain as well! This workshop encourages participants to actively engage in protecting and maintaining their brain. Learn strategies and set goals for improving the health of your mind, body and spirit. Anyone interested in brain health is welcome to attend. 

For more information, contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.

Getting to know dementia

This introductory session reviews basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and the impact of receiving a diagnosis. Participants will learn about the different types of support available throughout the dementia journey, including an introduction to the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. This session is only intended for people experiencing early symptoms of dementia, as well as family members or friends who have recently begun supporting a person with dementia.

For more information, contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre.

Additional workshops are offered on a variety of topics related to dementia. Contact your local Alzheimer Resource Centre for more information about workshops available in your community.

Dementia education funding

Visit here to view the dementia education sponsors.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017