Cape Breton Community Initiatives
The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia works in partnership with organizations in Cape Breton to provide education and support services in the community. In 2003, the Dementia Network of Cape Breton was established and includes service provider agencies, departments and stakeholders who work together to identify needs for persons with a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease or other dementias and their family caregivers. Meetings are held every second month at various locations throughout Cape Breton.Currently, there are five Caregiver Support Groups throughout the island that provide opportunities to learn and exchange information and education. These meetings are held in a small, relaxed, confidential setting and offer encouragement and a chance to meet others who share similar experiences. Meetings are held in the communities of Glace Bay, Sydney, North Sydney, Cheticamp and the Strait area. For further details regarding times and locations please refer to the caregiver support section of our website.
A yearly Family & Friends Night provides an evening of education in the format of speakers and exhibitors. This interactive evening provides opportunities for family caregivers to ask questions of local community health professionals and is held in June of each year.
The Regional Coordinator in Cape Breton provides educational sessions to community groups throughout the Island, upon request. Most recently, many communities including Inverness, Cheticamp and various locations in CBRM have received information on “Heads Up for Healthy Brains”.
Members of the Dementia Network receive information on relevant education sessions throughout the island and also participate in the annual provincial conference hosted by the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia. In addition, sessions can be arranged for staff to learn of services and supports offered by the Society to assist health care professionals.
To receive additional information on education and support services available in Cape Breton, contact the Regional Coordinator at 902-842-1314 or by emailing [email protected]