Residents in the north towns who are caregivers for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias can learn helpful communication strategies during a two-part series in Lockport run by the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The caregiver series will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 67 Saxton St.
Organizers said, “Part one of the series will focus on effective communication strategies and will provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia. The goal is to help caregivers better understand the changes in communication that occur with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, how they manifest in the person with dementia, and ways to connect at each stage of the disease.
“In part two, caregivers will learn about the brain changes that impact communication, and be introduced and practice Positive Approach to Care skills that can lead to positive responses when supporting people living with dementia.”
Andrea Koch, director of education at the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, said, “Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. 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.”
The caregiver series is free, and participants can attend either one or both of the sessions. Register online at bit.ly/LockportCG1 for part one and bit.ly/LockportCG2 for part two. People can also register by calling 800-272-3900.
Help is available 24/7 for people living with or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias at 800-272-3900 or by visiting alz.org.