Free workshops help caregivers deal with Alzheimer’s
Family members caring for a love one with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can get tips to help them deal with challenging behaviors at free workshops this month.
At the Alzheimer’s CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education workshops, participants will get training that many professionals have received, and learn techniques to make their jobs easier and more effective.
The sessions, hosted by the local Home Instead Senior Care Office in Durham, will be offered the next two Tuesdays – Oct. 22 and 29. Both workshops will be at the Garden View Office Suites, 2726 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 203 in Durham, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The first classes will focus on learning the causes, symptoms and diagnoses associated with Alzheimer’s, as well as “capturing life’s journey through sharing stories and memories,” a spokeswoman for the business said.
The second workshop centers on techniques to handle challenging behaviors, as well as activities to encourage engagement with a loved one.
In addition to the workshops, an area senior care expert will be available to speak about local efforts to support families who are trying to cope with the disease.
A free kit that offers tips and resources to help handle difficult situations, avoid household accidents, encourage engagement and prevent caregiver stress will be available.
An Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Helper smartphone app will be discussed that helps families find solutions when they have to react quickly to a difficult situation. For example, a family member can type in “mom is hiding her underwear,” and information about rummaging will appear, along with immediate advice and tips for dealing with such behaviors.
More tips and available resources for families coping with Alzheimer’s will be provided by a local business owner.
For more information, contact Bonnie Thommarson at 919-479-4600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org