Alzheimer’s Association Offers Class for Caregivers
Evergreen, CO — The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado presents its six-week Savvy Caregiver class on Thursdays, July 18 – Aug. 22, from 1-3 pm at Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Rd., Evergreen.
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease requires special skills and an attitude that contributes to the well being of both the caregiver and the person with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Savvy Caregiver program enables those providing care to gain a sense of control and mastery within the role of caregiver.
“If you value your health and sanity and would like to survive your caregiving experience…you really ‘need’ to attend the Savvy Caregiving class,” stated J. Scott Broda, caregiver for a parent.
Most people involved with caring for someone with Alzheimer’s do it out of family love and a sense of obligation but have no training in how to effectively handle the challenges of what can be very stressful. There are more than 72,000 people living with the disease in Colorado, and since the highest risk for this disease is age, that number will only increase dramatically as baby boomers reach age 65.
Savvy Caregiver comes complete with a manual and CD-ROM to help participants learn the tasks critical to providing compassionate, competent care for those with Alzheimer’s. There is no cost for this program;, however, a donation of $25 is requested to cover the cost of materials.
For more information or to register go to www.alz.org/co and click on Education Programs or call 303-813-1669. Space in the class is limited, so participants are encouraged to register early.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is the premier source of information and support for the more than 72,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers. Through its statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education, counseling, support groups and a 24-hour Helpline at no cost to families. In addition, contributions help fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for those living with Alzheimer’s and their families on related legislative issues, and with health and long-term care providers. For information call the Alzheimer’s Association at 303-813-1669 or 800-272-3900, or visit www.alz.org/co.