Experts estimate that Alzheimer’s either is or someday will be impacting an estimated one-third of the families in this area. The overwhelming majority of these families is caring for their loved ones at home. Because an estimated 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s live at home, the responsibility of caring for them usually falls on their families, who frequently face — and dread — the unexpected and unknown.
“Many family caregivers wake up every day with anxiety and fear because they don’t know how a loved one with Alzheimer’s will act or react,” said James Gardenhire, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office.
To help families face Alzheimer’s with confidence rather than fear, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is making available free workshop opportunities which are available for family members where they will receive training to help them deal with the challenging behaviors that often result from Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
In the workshops, family members will receive a version of the same in-depth Alzheimer’s CARE (Changing Aging Through Research and Education) training program which was developed for the network’s professional CAREGivers. The workshops will offer specific solutions for many common issues arising when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.
The workshops will be offered on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Suite 4, Chattanooga. Other help includes:
— A free Confidence to Care at Home kit, an at-a-glance collection of information, tips and resources to help handle difficult situations, avoid household accidents, encourage engagement and prevent caregiver stress.
— The Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias Daily Helper smartphone app (available Sept. 16) that helps families find solutions when they have to react quickly to a difficult situation.
For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network or its free Alzheimer’s resources, visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com or call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 423-893-9993.