A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease raises lots of questions. The illness destroys brain cells and causes memory changes, erratic behaviors and eventually the loss of basic abilities. If you are unsure about what to expect, worried about behavior changes you’re already seeing and wonder how you will keep caring for a loved one at home, upcoming events will provide expert advice.
“Inside Dementia: A Primer for Caregivers,” offers information, resources, help and support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Kathy Moisio, R.N., B.S.N., instructor and project coordinator at the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing, will look at the symptoms and behaviors associated with dementia. She will discuss how caregivers can effectively respond and take care of their loved ones as well as themselves. The event is free and no R.S.V.P. is required.
“People who provide care for individuals with dementia are heroes,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Aging and Long Term Care. “Every day they see their loved one slip away and yet they continue to open their hearts minute by minute. Giving care often means they forget to take care of themselves. Both need to happen,” he added.
“Inside Dementia” will be held twice in conjunction with community open houses.
· Wednesday, March 16, 5 to 7 p.m. at Cascade Park Active Day, 232 St. Helens in Tacoma
· Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to noon at MultiCare Adult Day Health, 6442 S. Yakima Ave. in Tacoma
Both programs offer adult day services for individuals with dementia. In addition to the presentation, families will be able to learn more about local resources and support services available to both caregivers and care recipients.
The presentation is sponsored by Pierce County Aging and Long Term Care, Cascade Park Active Day and MultiCare Adult Day Health.