Program Designed to Help Caregivers Cope While Providing Needed Support to Loved Ones
The holiday season is a time for joy, sharing, family and those we hold dear. However, for caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of memory loss, the holidays can also be a very challenging time both physically and emotionally.
Recognizing this, North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, Michiana’s first stand-alone memory care assisted living community, is providing a free public education seminar titled “Dealing with Challenging Behaviors: Managing the Symptoms of Memory Loss” on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 p.m.. The program will be held in the West Ball Room at Knollwood Country Club located on16633 Baywood Lane in Granger. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served at the event, which will be hosted by Shellie Kermin, Community Relations Director.
Says Ms. Kermin, “The seminar will address the multiple challenges caregivers face today in caring for an aging loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other form of memory loss. The program will offer professional insights and solutions for dealing with the difficult behaviors common to those with memory disorders as well as seek to improve the quality of life for both caregivers and their loved one.
According to Ms. Dale C. Carter, HFA, Executive Director of North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, this and other planned educational offerings are part of North Woods Village’s mission in the community.
She says, “If you are dealing with the challenges of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you are not alone. Memory impairment has become both a major medical and social issue today that is affecting an increasing number of individuals and families across the United States. With our rapidly growing senior population and today’s longer life expectancies, there has been a significant increase in the number of older Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of memory impairment. These degenerative diseases can dramatically affect the lives of those diagnosed, as well as other family members who provide their care.”
She adds, “The important thing is to understand that help is available in many forms. The worst thing you can do as a caregiver is to not seek assistance and suffer in silence. This can be harmful to the both caregiver and the person who depends upon them for their care.”
For information or to reserve your space, please call Ms. Kermin today at 574-247-1866 or register online.