Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 13, 2013

Alzheimer’s workshops coming

Families in three counties will receive learning opportunity

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — September is World Alzheimer’s Month and families in the Tri-County area of Henderson, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties will get the opportunity in two upcoming workshops to learn more about ways to help them care for loved ones who are living with the disease.   

Home Instead Senior Care network is offering a number of free resources to help local families who are living with Alzheimer’s, including workshops where family members will receive a version of the same in-depth training program  that was developed for the network’s professional CAREGivers.

The workshops will offer specific solutions for the many common issues that arise when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. The workshops will be offered on:

• Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. at First Baptist Church Hope Fellowship Hall, 204 Highway 31 West, Chandler;

• Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church Hope Fellowship Hall, 204 Highway 31 West, Chandler;

Sharon Strickland, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care, said Alzheimer’s is one of the most feared diseases that brings many challenges.

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.

Strickland said that while it may be impossible to predict behaviors exhibited by a person struggling with Alzheimer’s, there are free resources available to help area families cope with whatever situation may arise.

“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,” Strickland said. “We have a network of support, including free tools and materials available to help family caregivers navigate the challenges that come with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.”

Also available at the workshops is 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, that is designed for any member of the household to reference, anytime they need it.

“According to experts, Alzheimer’s either is, or may someday, be a reality for about one-third of the families in our community,” Strickland said. “We want to replace their fears with a sense of confidence that they are equipped to handle any situation.”

For more information about the free Alzheimer’s resources, visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com or call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 903-880-5025.