The Alzheimer's Association's three-part special educational series, "Living with Middle Stage Dementia," begins Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Pond Senior Care, with parts 2 and 3 on
April 27 and May 4, also at 10:30 a.m. at Willow
The series provides caregivers with information about Alzheimer's and dementia as well as an understanding of the disease, including managing the behaviors of those affected by it, understanding the medication prescribed for treatment and tapping into community resources available to caregivers.
Georgia Coastal Region Alzheimer's Association program director Theresa Bayman, instructor for the series, said that middle stage dementia can be a difficult transition for both caregivers and those affected by it.
"The 'middle stage' is defined by the person's need for assistance in making basic decisions, such as managing their finances," Bayman said. "It's also a time where caretakers start giving gentle reminders to their loved ones throughout the day.
"We will help people learn how to talk with those affected by Alzheimer's, how to visit with them and when it is necessary to talk with a doctor," she said. "We strive to give people a deeper understanding of the disease and how to personalize each individual's care plan because Alzheimer's affects everyone differently."
Bayman said she is grateful to Willow Pond Senior Care for sponsoring the event and for their continued dedication in the Alzheimer's community.
"There is a population of people who are often misunderstood because of their inability to communicate effectively," she said. "Willow Pond provides excellent care for families and their loved ones and encourages us to help them understand and manage the difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer's."
The Alzheimer's Association provides comprehensive services including a 24-hour health line, community support groups and educational program information.
Willow Pond is located at 4344 Country Club Road, just off Veterans Memorial Parkway. The series of seminars is open to the public and free of charge. Seating is limited. To register, call (800) 272-3900.