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Support Programs From Alzheimer Society of NS Available in Tri-Counties

By Jakob Postlewaite Aug 31, 2022 | 3:27 PM

The Alzheimer's Society of Nova Scotia says while there are over 17,000 people living with dementia in the province, many are scared of getting help.

The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia is highlighting programs available to people in the Tri-Counties.

Coordinator for Outreach & Education for Yarmouth, Digby and Shelburne Sandra Hubbard-LeBlanc says they don’t just have programs for those living with dementia but also for their caregivers.

“Right now we have 17,000 people in the province of Nova Scotia alone living with a dementia of some sort,” says Hubbard-LeBlanc. “Each person comes with at least one or more care partner, so we’re up to 34,000 people who live or have to help with a loved one with dementia.”

The society operates a confidential info line for those looking so speak with people who understand dementia its affects. That service can be reached at 1-800-611-6345.

They’re also offering the Family Caregiver Education Series. Six once a week sessions will discuss treatment options, coping strategies and more. That program is available virtually but Hubbard-LeBlanc is looking to hold in person sessions in the Yarmouth area.

She asks anyone interested in having in-person sessions to call the info line.

The society offers monthly support programs for those caring for someone living with dementia and a group for healthcare workers to develop skills to help people living with dementia.

Information about all of the programs and services can be found on the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia website.

The society is also holding their 33rd annual conference and community night in Dartmouth this October. Registration is required and both events will be livestreamed online.

Hubbard-LeBlanc says part of the society’s goal is to end the stigma of dementia.

“It’s a hard diagnosis but with the right supports in place and the earlier you do get a diagnosis the better chance you have of living a better life the way you want to, because you can live well with dementia.”


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