2020 Dementia Series Programs
May 19, 2020 – POSTPONED
How children are your secret weapon: why you should include all generations in dementia caregiving
Babies and little kids don’t judge. They don’t measure whether your loved one is “remembering better” than last week or not. They don’t care if your loved one can no longer speak. Children are invaluable to helping persons with dementia enjoy quality of life. Join us for this interactive session on how to integrate kids and every generation into dementia caregiving.
July 14, 2020 (Virtual event)
When your spouse has dementia: maintaining intimacy in your relationship
Often when spouses serve as caregivers for their husbands or wives, their relationship dramatically changes. Meaningful conversations, romance, and even sexual intimacy are replaced with medical discussions, providing personal care and treating the spouse more as a child than a partner. This seminar will offer tips on how to restore intimacy and satisfaction to your marriage while providing quality care to your spouse who has cognitive, mental health or physical challenges.
July 22, 2020
When you are already a worrier: how to manage anxiety during these unprecedented times.
It’s a tense, uncertain time for everyone. But what about the nearly 20% of our population who already suffer with an anxiety disorder? What strategies are most effective in helping your loved one and yourself if you struggle with one of these conditions? This session will help you better understand how anxiety disorder symptoms are being triggered during this international health crisis and how to respond to yourself and your loved one compassionately.
This is not an onsite meeting. It will take place virtually via Zoom. Participants will be sent the meeting link a few days prior to the online meeting.
September 8, 2020
But I’m in my fifties: the myths & realities of young onset dementia
While most cases of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia occur well after age 65, young onset dementia is a growing concern in the United States. Approximately 200,000 Americans are living with young onset Alzheimer’s disease, mostly symptomatic in their fifties. This program offers perspectives on the genetic component of these conditions, getting a diagnosis and how to tackle the unique issues like finances, child care and career that impact these patients in later middle age.
December 8, 2020
Nancy Reagan’s dementia caregiving approach: helpful or harmful for you?
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan was a champion for Alzheimer’s patients and a devoted caregiver to her husband. As one of the first public dementia caregivers, she has served as example that many caregivers look up to. Learn which strategies of Mrs. Reagan’s you should strive to emulate and which ones don’t work well for dementia caregivers currently in the trenches.