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Family & Caregiver Education
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For additional workshop information, call the Springfield office, 417.886.2199, or the Columbia office, 573.443.8665.

Living with Alzheimer's Disease: Early Stage

This series provides a safe and supportive environment for persons living with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia and their care partners. The person with Alzheimer's or related dementia joins peers in sessions intended for those diagnosed; care partners attend programs specific to their needs.
For people with Alzheimer's disease: The diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is life-changing and leads to many questions: What will this mean for me and my family? How do I plan for the future? Where can I get the help I need? Join us for this three-part program and hear from others who have been where you are, discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan, and what you can do to develop and work with your care team.

Part 1: Understanding Alzheimer's disease and memory loss, partnering with your doctor, effective communication
Part 2: Telling others about the diagnosis, caring for most important relationships - family and friends, making decisions, legal and financial issues, playing it safe
Part 3: Daily strategies, coping with changes, opportunities for supporting research, resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease

For the Care Partner: In 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? During this three-part series you will hear practical answers to the questions you might have in the early stage. You will hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early stage diagnosis.

Part 1: Understanding the disease, symptoms of early stage, where to start, communications skills, coping strategies
Part 2: Health care team, approaches to treatment, family and friends, work-related issues, community care team
Part 3: Care planning, financial and legal matters, safety issues, care partner concerns

Living with Alzheimer's: Middle Stage

Caregivers will learn the symptoms and care needs associated with the middle-stage of Alzheimer's and learn about the relationship changes that occur.  Ways to maximize safety, prepare for emergencies and access respite care will be discussed, as well as effective ways to provide personal care and address challenging behaviors.

Living with Alzheimer's: Late Stage

Caregivers will learn the concept of self in the late-stage of Alzheimer's disease as well as learn effective ways to communicate, connect with, and provide daily care. This program will also cover late-stage care options and explain how to access and evaluate them.

Due to the nature of topics that are covered, caregiver programs are not appropriate for people with Alzheimer's disease.


Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.