Support and Guidance for Caregivers of People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter is providing support and resources for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia via free, virtual programs.

Effective Communication Strategies, on Monday, March 14,  3-4 p.m.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, on Tuesday, March 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors, on Wednesday, March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The programs will be presented on Zoom and pre-registration is required. To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

“Being a caregiver to a person living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia can be a lonely and confusing experience,” said Pam Myers, Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter program director. “These three programs provide support to caregivers, whether they’re looking for general information about dementia or hoping to learn how to better communicate with their loved ones and respond to their changing behaviors.”

Effective Communication Strategies on March 14 shows viewers how people living with dementia rely heavily on attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language as their ability to use language is lost. Families will learn ways to connect with their loved ones during each stage of the disease.

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia on March 15 serves as a primer for those looking for general information about dementia. Viewers will learn about the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia, disease stages and risk factors, current research and treatments available for some symptoms, and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors on March 16 focuses on the changing behaviors exhibited by people living with dementia, some of which can be challenging for caregivers to manage. This program details how 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.

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