In celebration of November as National Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we're hosting the Senior Caregiving Conference.

 

This conference is open to the public and includes two great events held concurrently on Friday, November 30. Registration opens October 10, 2018. Mark your calendars! 

Senior resource fair
This third annual event is a free opportunity for you to meet with a variety of community agencies that provide valuable caregiving resources. These agencies can help you understand how they can assist you in your caregiving responsibilities. Learn more >
 
Dementia care workshop featuring Teepa Snow
Caring for an aging loved one with dementia poses many challenges for both the family caregiver and the professional caregiver. The goal of this full-day workshop is to provide education and support to those caring for someone with dementia and give them a greater awareness of what dementia is and how it affects the brain. Teepa will provide caregivers with the tools and strategies they need for their everyday caregiving tasks through experiential training. To learn more, please visit one of our registration web pages:

The facts

The Alzheimer’s Association recently released their 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report. That report estimates more than 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another related form of dementia. And that number will only increase as baby boomers age. The association projects that by 2050, 14 million Americans will be living with the disease.


The physical, emotional and monetary cost of caring for someone with dementia is staggering. The report noted that an estimated 16.1 million Americans provide 18.4 billion hours of unpaid care that is valued at more than $232 billion! These Americans are our loved ones; our spouses, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., Alzheimer’s is the only one for which there is no prevention or cure, or even a way to slow the disease down. We as caregivers need education, support, tools and resources to help us with the challenges of caring for our older loved one living with dementia.

The goal

The dementia care workshop provides caregivers the information and tools they need for their everyday caregiving responsibilities. Caring for a loved one with dementia is hard – plain and simple!

Throughout the workshop, Teepa will:

  • Provide an in-depth understanding of what dementia is and how it progresses.
  • Show how to alter our behavior to match our loved ones' needs and abilities. This strengthens your overall caregiving relationship while promoting a greater sense of control and self-direction in your loved one.
  • Demonstrate ways to communicate and assist our loved ones with everyday life skills.
  • Demonstrate how the environment plays an important role in our loved ones' stress levels.
  • Teach us how to recognize and appreciate the funny moments in caregiving. Humor can send a positive, comforting message to our loved ones.
  • Discuss issues with traditional get-togethers, big events and holiday celebrations. We can make changes in our plans that will have a positive impact on both our loved ones and our families.

These two events create a powerful collection of facts, resources and tips to help you in your caregiving role. We hope you can join us in November!