NVNA and Hospice to Present Alzheimer's Caregiver Educational Forum: November 13

The NVNA and Hospice Alzheimer’s Specialty Team will demonstrate ways to best meet the needs of the Alzheimer’s individual and the family caregiver in a free educational forum on Tuesday, November 13.
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Oct. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- The program is offered from 7 to 8:30 pm at the NVNA and Hospice office at 120 Longwater Drive in Norwell by members of the Alzheimer’s Specialty Team, which includes nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, geriatric care managers and home health aides. The team is specifically trained and certified in Alzheimer’s care, with five members having advanced designations as Certified Dementia Practitioners.

Offered free to family caregivers, pre-registration is recommended by calling 781-659-2342.

What do I do when he does that?

How do I approach the issue of driving?

Why does she insist people are stealing her things?

How do I keep from losing it?

As a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, does this sound familiar? Family caregivers often “fall into” the role by default and have to learn all about Alzheimer’s and caregiving on the job in a baptism-by-fire way. In trying to do what’s best, caregivers can sometimes unintentionally provoke the worst. So how can family caregivers create positive environments, respond to personality changes, handle new or difficult behaviors, and handle the endless repetition of questions?

Designed specifically for the family caregiver, members of the team discuss and show positive approaches to challenging behaviors and personality changes; tips and techniques that best offset the loved one’s declining abilities and skills; resources to aid in making difficult decisions; and survival skills to minimize caregiver fatigue and frustration.

About NVNA and Hospice

Founded in 1920, NVNA and Hospice is the only independent, non-profit home health care and hospice agency serving the South Shore.  The agency’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors continues as it serves nearly 600 patients a day, and offers an average of 45 free community health screenings, educational programs and support groups each month in more than 25 communities on the South Shore. NVNA and Hospice has been named a Home Care Elite Top Agency in the United States for six consecutive years. For more information, call NVNA and Hospice at 781-659-2342 or visit www.nvna.org.
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