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The Alzheimer Society of BC along with the Mental Health unit in Squamish are putting on a Family Caregiver Series.

The Alzheimer Society of BC along with the Mental Health unit in Squamish are putting on a Family Caregiver Series. Katherine Guilbride (604-681-6530, local 342), support and education assistant of the Alzheimer Society of BC, would like to announce this opportunity for family caregivers to learn about effective ways to care for a person with Alzheimer Disease or related dementia at four three-hour sessions beginning on Monday (April 3), then for the following three Mondays, at 1 - 4 p.m. in the Eagle Grove Seniors Housing, 1203 Pemberton Avenue, downtown Squamish. Nadine (604-892-2293) at the Geriatric Mental Health office may also be contacted. The fee for the four sessions is $25; participation is limited so register early if finding out about such things as the changing roles and responsibilities, understanding the changing behaviors, how to communicate and how to care for yourself and access community resources would be a help for you and your situation as you care for someone with Alzheimer Disease. You need not be alone.

The Legion opens its doors at 5:30 p.m. for Bingo at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (April 3). Contact Edith at 604-898-3048 or Nancy at 604-892-8422.

The Over the Hill Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (April 4) at the yellow gate south of Brohm Lake for a walk along the Alder Trail at the Brohm Lake Forestry Trail. Contact Lesley at 604-898-1628 or Ray at 604-898-4316.

Members of the Healthy Brain Program for Early Dementia will meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (April 4) at the Tantalus Seniors' Centre.

Contact Patricia or Donna at 604-892-2293 for how to become involved with this most supportive group.

The Howe Sound Retired Teachers' Association will meet for lunch at noon on Tuesday (April 4) at Peppie and Gringos, located in the block of shops behind Extra Foods in Garibaldi Estates. Contact Barbara at 604-898-5029.

The Tantalus Seniors' Centre Board members will meet at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 5). Contact Ray at 604-898-4316.

The Squamish Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (April 5) at the Sea to Sky Hotel. For information regarding this group of varied experience levels, contact Colleen at 604-898-9240.

The Tantalus Walking Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday (April 6) at the NW corner of Extra Foods parking lot for walk to Coho Park that then involves a slight hill on the trail. Contact Joyce at 604-898-5594.

The Legion's Friday Night Dinners, from 5:30 p.m. are still going strong and to good reviews. Full course meals, tax included, are usually round $11. Many a group of friends regularly attend. Contact Donna at 604-898-3423 or Tilly at 604-898-5226.

You have until May 10 to register for the Wednesday (May 17) Branch 70 sponsored bus trip to the Richmond River Rock Casino. Contact Elaine at 604-898- 5463.

According to details released at the last meeting of the Select Committee on Seniors' Issues which meets with representatives of Squamish Municipal Council, and forwarded to the Seniors Creative Connections Committee, Phase I of the Solterra Development, a diverse housing complex to be located on Block R in downtown Squamish beyond the Cedars and the Manor and the new soon to be built assisted living complex, is expected to begin building this April.

The preload of the land has already taken place and now trucks and earth movers can be seen at times actually busy at the site. Phase II of this complex will house the long awaited specifically built Seniors' Centre for Squamish.

Glenn's birthday bash was a huge success and because he is not stupid, not quite a complete surprise: Yes, Glenn we need to cook a turkey and a ham and some of your prize halibut, the kids are coming for the weekend... Many a heartfelt thank you to all who came and made it such a special day.

So many people now know what great grown up children we have and what great spouses they have and, of course, how wonderful are Isabella and baby Kierra!