The Alzheimer Society of Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay & Districts, in partnership with Behaviour Supports Ontario, will be offering an educational workshop focusing on caregiver fatigue and compassionate care. The session is open to the public and is being held at the Elks Lodge in North Bay on April 24th from 9:00am until 12:00pm. Officials say the session will benefit caregivers, public support workers, and healthcare professionals.
There are more than 1,600 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in the North Bay area currently. Research has shown that on average it takes four to six people to care for a single person living with dementia, and stress levels in these care partners are typically three times higher than the average caregiver.
Registered Psychotherapist Jane Bradley will be the special guest speaker for the event. Bradley has spent much of her career healing trauma and crisis. She specializes in caregiver support, trauma recovery, addictions, relationship stress, managing anger and stress, and healing from abuse. She also provides caregiver support for several agencies in the Niagara Region, paying particular attention to the effects of compassion fatigue.