Learn About Alzheimer’s: Spring 2014 Workshops in Central Massachusetts

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s for a loved one can seem overwhelming and devastating. But there is a great deal of support and information available to ease the journey.

The following Central Massachusetts programs, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter, are presented by trained Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers. Workshops are free and open to the public. Group size may be limited.

Descriptions are from the Chapter Calendar of Events. For more information or to register for these and other Chapter programs throughout the region, please call 617-868-6718

The Basics:  Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, March 26 — 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Gardner Senior Center, 294 Pleasant Street, Gardner

Monday, May 19 — 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Grafton Senior Center, 30 Providence Street, Grafton

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. This program provides information about the disease and related dementias, the benefits of early detection, causes and risk factors, treatment, and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Conversations About Dementia: Tips to Help with Family Conversations

Thursday, May 1 — 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Clinton Hospital, 201 Highland Street, Clinton

How to have honest and caring conversations about some of the most difficult topics when you are caring for someone with memory problems: the importance of going to the doctor for a diagnosis or follow-up, concerns about driving and making legal and financial plans for the future. You’ll hear from actual family caregivers about these challenging issues via video as well as recommendations for what to do next.

Essential Skills for Family Caregivers (3-part series) – It Starts with Communication, Understanding Behaviors, Safety at Home

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, and 16 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Worcester Office, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia. Improved day-to-day living and overall quality of life for the person with dementia and the caregiver is the goal.

This series is also offered in Spanish via conference call on Thursdays, February 13, 20 and 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays, June 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Estrategias básicas para cuidar a un familiar con demencia- Conferencia telefónica

Jueves, 13, 20, 27 de febrero, 2014 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Aprenda cómo comunicarse con su ser querido para evitar discusiones, cómo manejar las conductas difíciles y qué precauciones se deben tomar en el hogar.

¡Participe por teléfono desde cualquier lugar!

Para registrarse llame al 617-393-2086. NOTA: Es necesario registrarse para recibir los materiales y la información de cómo participar.

Legal and Financial:  Issues and Answers

Wednesday, February 12 — 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Worcester Office, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Many families wait until it’s too late to learn about legal and financial concerns. This presentation by an elder law attorney provides information about wills, durable power of attorney, protection of assets, health care proxy, and what Medicare and Medicaid do and do not cover. While this program is not intended to substitute for a personal appointment with an elder law attorney, you will have the opportunity to hear about typical issues and problems that can be avoided or reduced by adequate planning.

The following programs are for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and their family members and friends:

Coping with Early Memory Loss

Wednesday, June 11 — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Worcester Office, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Fill in the gaps since your diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontal-Temporal Dementia, or other related disorders. Medical and non-medical treatments will be discussed, and resources available to help will be explored.

Living with Alzheimer’s:  For People with Alzheimer’s

Thursdays May 1, 8 and 15 — 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Interactive three-part program where you will have a chance to hear from others who have been where you are. We will discuss what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. Participants are encouraged to invite family members or friends to attend the program with them.

Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss
  • Partnering with your medical team
  • Effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis
  • Coping with changes, making decisions and planning for the future
  • Daily strategies and safety issues
  • Opportunities for supporting research
  • Resources for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

President of Deborah Fins Associates, PC, since 1995, Deborah Liss Fins is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified geriatric care manager. Drawing on more than 30 years of professional experience in geriatric care management, DFA offers comprehensive assessments and planning, guidance in selecting appropriate care, help identifying resources for financial support and professional consulting. Please contact us to set up a complimentary initial telephone consultation.

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