3-Part Series of Workshops Helps Families Understand Dementia
Santa Maria, CA – In the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, families face new questions as they adjust. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? Join us for this 3-part series to hear practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early-stage diagnosis.
More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid assistance, a contribution to the nation valued at $230.1 billion. The care provided to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is wide-ranging and, in some instances, all-encompassing. Caregivers for people with dementia tend to provide more extensive assistance and experience more difficulty than caregivers of individuals without dementia.
Approximately one quarter of dementia caregivers are “sandwich generation” caregivers, meaning they care not only for an aging parent, but also for children under age 18.
Moreover, new data shows that caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia may experience increased difficulties and detriments to their health than caregivers for individuals with certain other conditions.
To address these issues, the Alzheimer’s Association in partnership with the Santa Maria Recreation & Parks department will provide free 3-part educational workshop. Topics to be discussed include during the workshop are:
- February 18: Part 1 - Understanding the disease, Symptoms, Communication and Intimacy
- March 17: Part 2 - Approaches to Treatment, Health Care Team, Family and Friends
- April 21: Part 3 - Care Planning, Financial and Legal Matters, Safety Issues and Driving
The Alzheimer’s Association will be providing Living with Alzheimer’s – Part 1 on Tuesday, February 18 from 9-11am. The course will be held at the Elwin Mussell Senior Center, 510 Park Ave, Santa Maria, CA. Call (800) 272-3900 to register in advance. Seating is limited.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the premier source of information and support for the five million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. Through its national network of chapters, it offers a broad range of programs and services for people with the disease, their families and caregivers and represents their interests on Alzheimer’s-related issues before federal, state and local government and with health and long term care providers.
As the disease progresses, new caregiving skills may be necessary. The Alzheimer's Association offers programs to help caregivers better understand and cope with the behaviors and personality changes that often accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Take this opportunity to become an educated caregiver.
To find out about other dates and locations for classes in your area, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (805) 636-6432.