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Peoria Area Education Programs

August 31, 2015
The Basics
5:30-8 PM
Central IL Chapter
612 W. Glen Ave,
Peoria, IL

An overview of Alzheimer’s disease—including risk factors, the assessment process, and available medications .

September 21, 2015
Facing New Challenges
4:30-6:30 PM
Central IL Chapter
612 W. Glen Ave.
Peoria, IL

Participants learn the basics of Alzheimer’s disease, new communication approaches and ways to plan for the future.
Funded in part by Heart of IL United Way
Cost: $5 material charge per person

**Registration is required at least a day in advance of the program

Are you unable to attend our face to face family education programs? Consider enrolling in our e-learning programs on our website at alz.org/Illinoiscentral. There is no cost associated with enrolling in these classes and they are available 24/7. Create a user id and password and you're on your way to learning more about Alzheimer's disease. Call Nancy Sweitzer, Program Director, at 1.800.272.3900 if you have questions.

 

CHAPTER WIDE OPPORTUNITIES

NEW LEADER SUPPORT GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING
Interested in starting a support group or helping facilitate an existing group? Contact Lisa Biernat at 1.800.272.3900 for more details.

NEW PROGRAM FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
The Central Illinois Chapter will be working in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging, both within our chapter area, to help make Illinois a “Dementia Capable” state. The role of the Alzheimer’s Association is to offer a six week specialized series to better equip family caregivers with caring for the needs of their loved ones in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a 12 hour evidence based program. Participants will gain:

  • Personal knowledge, skills and caregiving perspective
  • Skills to assess abilities of your loved one
  • Confidence to set and later caregiving goals
  • Strategies to manage activities of daily livingUnderstanding of disease progression
  • Ability to build a healthcare partnership with a professional caregiver.

(See below for more information)


Specialty Programs

Early Stage Support Group (ESSG)

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia within the last six months and seem confused about what to do next? Three early stage eight week support group sessions will be offered at the Chapter office over the next six months to help you and your care partner prepare for the changes that will occur with Alzheimer’s disease. Sessions meet for two hours, on Friday mornings from 10 until noon starting August 7- September 25, 2015 at 612 W. Glen Ave in Peoria. Sessions will offer dementia related education, emotional support and connections with resources so that group members may enhance their lives in the midst of the disease. Call Brenda Scarbeary at  800.272.3900 to enroll or email  bscarbeary@alz.org.  Minimum enrollment 6 couples.

Managing Difficult Behaviors

August 27, 2015
6-8 PM
First Street Armory
215 S. 1st St.
Monmouth, IL

September 3, 2015
6-8 PM
New Hope Church of the Nazarene
30 N. Sixth St.
Princeton, IL

September 16, 2015
6-8 PM
IL Valley Community Hospital
Community Room- Peru Mall
3940 IL Route 251 Peru, IL

As dementia progresses, the person’s behavior usually becomes more difficult to handle. How does a caregiver handle the refusal to bathe? The refusal to eat? The refusal to stop driving? What do you do if they try to hit or push? Join us to learn different ways to understand, approach, divert, and handle these behaviors.

Presented in partnership with Western IL Area Agency on Aging and GeriEd Services. Call 1.800.272.3900 or email lbiernat.@alz.org at least one business day in advance of the event to reserve your seat.



Savvy Caregiver

August 18-September 22, 2015
6:00-8:00 PM

OSF Holy Family Medical Center 
1000 W Harlem Ave.
Monmouth, IL

OSF St. Elizabeth Hospital
1100 E. Norris Dr.
Ottawa, IL

 

The Central Illinois Chapter will be working in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging, both within our chapter area, to help make Illinois a “Dementia Capable” state. The role of the Alzheimer’s Association is to offer a six week specialized series to better equip family caregivers with caring for the needs of their loved ones in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is a 12 hour evidence based program. Participants will gain:

  • Personal knowledge, skills and caregiving perspective
  • Skills to assess abilities of your loved one
  • Confidence to set and later caregiving goals
  • Strategies to manage activities of daily livingUnderstanding of disease progression
  • Understanding of disease progression
  • Ability to build a healthcare partnership with a professional caregiver.

For more information contact: Nancy Sweitzer or Lisa Biernat at 800.272.3900

 

PALZ- Peoria Alzheimer’s Support Group

PALZ meets in the Central Illinois Chapter Peoria office from 3:00 -4:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Members also go out for dinner at 4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. PALZ is an open group* that caters to BOTH families and those with memory loss. The group meets all together for the first half hour and then splits into two groups: a support group for caregivers and an activities-based group for individuals with memory loss. The patient facilitator attempts to engage participants in mentally and socially stimulating activity for the duration of the group session. Typically, participants are beyond the early stages of dementia.

 

Program Descriptions

 

 


 

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