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Free training for family caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients

By Peter DiMaria

Alzheimer’s Care training for Caregivers in Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Ludlow, and most of the Hampden County.

 

This week, PBS showed a new documentary about the Alzheimer’s crisis in our country. Among the many things that called my attention was the fact that many family members had no clue on how to deal with their loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease.

In one of the families, for example, the son and daughter got angry and frustrated when their mother kept asking about the car, the car keys, and her deceased husband, etc. The children often confronted the poor woman, when one should always try to divert their attention, instead.

I would recommend to all those who are going through this transition from being only a family member to becoming the caregiver of a loved one, to search for information and training related to their new role. Many believe that caregiving is an easy task and end up making mistakes that could be avoided. However, it is something for which most people are unprepared and untrained.

If you live in the Greater Springfield area, you might be interested in attending “The Savvy Caregiver Program”, a 6-week program for Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia being offered by the Greater Springfield Senior Services.

The Greater Springfield Area includes many of the towns covered by Home Helpers Home Care: Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Ludlow, and most of the Hampden County.

The Alzheimer’s Care lectures will be presented by 1 or 2 trained practitioners. The program is recommended for family members of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, considering that if they are assuming the responsibility of caring for their loved one, they are now caregivers and need to be trained to assume that new role.

The Savvy Caregiver program will teach caregivers how to learn, develop and modify strategies to help them to achieve their new responsibilities.

The program includes:

  • Understand the impact of Alzheimer’s and Dementia;
  • Strengthen family resources to face the new challenges;
  • Communicating more effectively with your loved one;
  • Learn skills to manage daily life: Activities of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  • Take better care of yourself

The Greater Springfield Senior Services is located at 66 Industry Avenue, Springfield, MA. The program will be ministered on Fridays, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, from Feb 17 to Mar 24. Class Size is Limited: Please call (413) 781-8800 x 306 for more information and to register. Registrations end on Feb 10.

Greater Springfield Senior Services