The Manor to Offer Several Educational Programs on Alzheimer’s Disease for Caregivers

OSWEGO – Families seeking support for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are invited to take part in several free programs offered at The Manor at Seneca Hill.

Alzheimer Association facilitators will offer a basics of dementia program, on three different upcoming dates.

The same program will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on February 14, March 14 and April 11, giving community members an opportunity to attend a program convenient to their schedules.

The sessions will be held in the Adult Day Health Services room.

This program provides information on detection, causes, and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

This interactive workshop features video clips of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families sharing their stories.

Advanced registration for this program is required and can be arranged by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 472-4201, extension 100.

Along with program, The Manor hosts a free Alzheimer’s support group each month that is held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Later this spring, a five-session Alzheimer’s program will be offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will also be held at The Manor.

This program covers related topics in depth.

This program starts May 9 and will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

The series begins with Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research.

For centuries, it’s been known that the health of the brain and the body are connected.

However, science is now able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep the brain and body healthy as you age.

This session will review research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement.

There will also be demonstrations on how to use hands-on tools to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

The second session covering Effective Communication Strategies will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on June 13.

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family.

For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

Effective Communication Strategies explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s disease.

This interactive presentation explains the communication changes that take place throughout the course of the disease, offers tips on decoding the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and respond in ways that are helpful to the person, and how to identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

This third program, to be held from 5 to 6:30 on July 11 will address Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior.

During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver.

These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia.

Understanding and responding to dementia-related behavior assists caregivers to decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond, including how to identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia, explain the process for assessing and identifying challenging behaviors, and list strategies to address some common dementia-related behaviors.

On August 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. presenters will discuss Legal and Financial Planning.

The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease makes planning for the future more important than ever.

Concerns about care provision and programs that can help offset costs mean that families need accurate information about legal and financial planning specific to the disease.

Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s disease is an interactive two-part program where you will have a chance to learn about important legal and financial issues to consider, how to put plans in place, and how to access legal and financial resources near you.

The fifth and final presentation will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and will cover Dementia Conversations.

Dementia conversations is not a traditional dementia education program.

Rather than teach about the changes that come with an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis, this program focuses on how family members and friends can have effective conversations with someone who either has Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia, or shows signs of cognitive decline.

The program provides strategies to discuss obtaining a diagnosis, driving, and legal and financial matters.

This interactive workshop features videos of people with Alzheimer’s disease and leading experts sharing tips on how to have these chats.

Advanced registration for this program is also required and can be arranged by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 472-4201, extension 100.