EATONTOWN — Home Instead Senior Care® is offering to help Monmouth County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence with free online training.
The training for families caring for these older adults is now available through online e-learning modules at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.
The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education Training Program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent of them live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
The foundation of the Alzheimer’s CARE Training Program is an approach called Capturing Life’s Journey® that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with short-term memory, the Capturing Life’s Journey approach taps into long-term memory.
“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive,” Venancio said.
The program for family caregivers consists of four classes: Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviors; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. Also available is a free guide for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Called Helping Families Cope, the guide includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage behaviors.
Additional information about free family caregiver training or to obtain a copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet is available by contacting Home Instead Senior Care office at 732-542-9004 or visiting HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.