Alzheimer’s & Dementia Caregiving Program Options

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Effective Communication Strategies – Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior – Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers – Join us for this series of programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the early, middle and late stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do at each point along the way. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Early Stage – This 3 part program is designed to provide care partners with the knowledge, tools and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. The program is designed to help provide optimal care along the continuum of the disease in order to maintain quality of life. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Mid-Stage – In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s, gaps in memory and thinking become more noticeable and individuals begin to need help with day-to-day activities. This 3 part series (each program is 90 minutes) will help to provide you with the tools you need to take the next steps. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

Living with Alzheimer’s For Caregivers: Late-Stage – This is a 2 part series, of 90 minute programs, that offers an opportunity to learn about the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and offers information about providing care, communicating, developing resources, working with your care team, and providing an optimal end of life experience. In both of these sections, you will have the opportunity to hear from other families and from professionals who are experts in the field of dementia. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

The Savvy Caregiver Program –This is a 5 session training series for family caregivers. For most family caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role, one for which training is needed, just as you would receive training for any new job. The Savvy Caregiver Program helps caregivers better understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best provide individualized care for their loved ones along the continued decline associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Appropriate Audience – Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Recognizing and Coping with Caregiver Stress – This 60 to 90 minute program talks about what causes those who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia to experience emotional and physical stress, and how to handle the stress of caregiving effectively. Appropriate audience – anyone who is actively caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, or anyone who knows someone who is a caregiver.

Validation Theory and Therapeutic Fibbing – A 90-minute, interactive discussion about how to use validation to enter in to the world of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Your loved one may not be able to come back and live in your reality, but you can take trips into hers/his. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Practical Approaches to Activities of Daily Living – A one-hour interactive program discussing ways to make activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating, and dressing easier. Appropriate Audience Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Aging Safely at Home – A one-hour discussion about how to make the home environment safe for all seniors, particularly those affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Partnering With Your Doctor® – A one-hour discussion about how to make your doctor visits as satisfying and productive as possible. Appropriate Audience –People with early stage AD as well as, friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Holiday Hints for Caregivers – A one-hour discussion about how to better manage responsibilities during the busy holiday season so that the experience can be as positive as possible for you and your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Appropriate Audience –Friends and family members who care for and/or interact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease.

Health and Wellness Programs

The Long Goodbye – This program is designed to help caregivers who are dealing with anticipatory grief, or the on- loss of a loved one, before they pass away. Unlike other terminal illnesses, Alzheimer’s and dementia often take away the person we love in stages, and this will create many different feelings and emotions. We will discuss ways to deal with these feelings, validation of these emotions, how to help yourself during this difficult time, and the value of palliative and comfort care programs, such as Hospice. There will also be a brief support meeting for anyone to willing to discuss and express their concerns, share experiences, and be a source of support for each other.