2018-01-10 / News

Free workshops to aid families dealing with dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter has teamed up with Blue Ridge Community and Technical College to offer a series of free community workshops on its campus in Martinsburg.

The Alzheimer’s Association will present Dementia Conversations on January 16 at 5 p.m., Effective Communication Strategies on January 17 at 10 a.m., and Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior on January 17 at 11 a.m. The workshops are open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend. All will be held at the Blue Ridge campus, located at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg.

The Dementia Conversations workshop offers helpful topics to assist families with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Effective Communication Strategies is presented to help families and caregivers connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers and family members, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways.

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. These behaviors can be confusing or challenging for family and caregivers.

The Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior workshop offers attendees ways to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information regarding any of these workshops, Alzheimer’s disease, or to connect to information and support through the free 24/7 Helpline, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

A complete listing of all community workshops can be found at www.alz.org/wv.

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