Free UAMS Family Caregiver Workshop Aug. 23 in Springdale

By Ben Boulden

The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education at 2422 N. Thompson, Suite B in Springdale.  For more information or to register, call 479-750-1989. Space is limited.

The program is sponsored by UAMS’ Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative. The collaborative is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration grant of $2.4 million for a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program.

Taught by Kathryn Sweetser, R.N., the workshop will present an overview of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and provide caregiving tips that maintain respect, dignity and quality of life for the person living with dementia. Information will be presented on nutrition, behavior, communication techniques and activities.

About 452,000 family caregivers in Arkansas provide an estimated $4.7 billion in unpaid care each year, helping their loved ones with bathing and dressing, cooking meals, transportation, finances and complex medical tasks like wound care and injections.