Free Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Workshop Offered in Hot Springs Nov. 8

By Ben Boulden

The class will be held in the Garland County Library Auditorium. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program at (501) 276-0945.

Lunch will be provided by the Oaklawn Center on Aging. Door prizes include a Kindle, a copy of The Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, and a copy of The 36-Hour Day.

The class will cover daily living, communication, understanding behaviors, home safety, activities, caregiver stress, nutrition, skin care, incontinence management, body mechanics, personal care skills and local resources.

It will be taught by Tammie Townsend, R.N., coordinator of the UAMS Schmieding Home Caregiver Training program in Hot Springs, and Tamara Gordon, L.P.N., a nurse educator.

Caring for an older adult with dementia presents many special challenges to family members who provide the care and support to allow that person to stay in the home.  This training provides an overview of information on dementia and caregiving for anyone helping to provide unpaid care at home for an older adult with dementia.

The library will have books available on dementia/Alzheimer’s care for loan in the adult section of the library.

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