Caregiver conference

Workshop provides strategies for dealing with dementia behaviors

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Family caregivers are the backbone of community based services providing over $450 billion of unpaid services across this nation. To support local family caregivers of people with dementia, the Redwood Caregiver Resource Center is offering a workshop developed by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving.

The “Dealing with Dementia” workshop will provide tips and strategies for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones and themselves.

“Most family caregivers assume the care of a loved one without access to needed training and

education,” said Gayle Alston, director of RCI Training Center for Excellence. “Caregiving for a loved one is a rewarding and loving experience. However, due to the physical and emotional demands of caregiving and the struggles specific to dementia care, caregivers often suffer high levels of stress and depression. The goal for the ‘Dealing with Dementia’ caregiver workshop is for Alzheimer’s and dementia family caregivers to gain a better understanding of dementia, utilize strategies to effectively manage dementia behaviors and develop habits of stress management and self-care.

Caregivers who attend the four-hour workshop will receive a copy of the new “Dealing with Dementia Guide.” This guide provides over 300 pages of information and solutions to problems caregivers face every day.

Training will take place on March 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Services Library, 1901-B California St. in Eureka. Individuals must pre-register for the workshop by contacting the Redwood Caregiver Resource Center at 707-443-9747, ext. 3220, or exm@redwoodcrc.org.

The Redwood Caregiver Resource Center is part of a statewide system of 11 Caregiver Resource Centers, in existence since the mid-1980s.

For more information about the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, visit www.rosalynncarter.org.

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