PRESENTATION: Keeping Our Brains Healthy – What do we really know?

2019-03-08 Keeping Our Brains Healthy
March 8, 2019 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Rollo Seniors Centre
685 N Rd
Gabriola, BC V0R 1X3
Suzette Delmage, Program Coordinator

FREE Event | Please preregister with Suzette Delmage at 250-247-7311 or |

This presentation and discussion will explore how we can care for our brains as we age. Research into this area has focused a lot on whether we can prevent neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease and others. While the research results are quite limited, we will explore activities that look hopeful in reducing our dementia risk, and promoting brain well-being as we age. At the same time, we will explore the importance of fighting stigma against dementia, and finding ways to promote dementia-friendly community development.

“What’s the difference between illness and wellness? The ‘I’ in illness promotes isolation and loneliness, while they ‘we’ in wellness emphasizes how well we can live when we are part of a healthy socially supportive community that doesn’t create an us and them mentality when supporting people with dementia.”

Presenter: Elizabeth J. Drance M.D. F.R.C.P. (C)

Elizabeth is a geriatric psychiatrist and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC. She is a trained facilitator of two key group therapy approaches for dementia care giving – The CARERs program, and Mindfulness Based Dementia Care. Her own caregiving experience includes supporting both parents through their dementia journeys.

This presentation is offered at no charge to participants and is part of the “new age of aging” series sponsored by People for a Healthy Community.

Please note that this presentation has been re-scheduled from Feb. 15th to March 8th.