LEWISBURG - Pennsylvania Home Instead Senior Care franchise offices will host free, in-person Alzheimer's training sessions during November, in conjunction with Alzheimer's Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month.
A workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the HISC office in the Creamery Building, 120 Buffalo Road.
The recently launched Alzheimer's CARE: Changing Aging Through Research and Education program is a first-of-its-kind training program that addresses current and future needs by offering family members a fresh approach to Alzheimer's care.
The approach encourages mental engagement to help relatives remain safely at home and in familiar surroundings as long as possible, and family members learn to immerse themselves in the mindsets of their loved ones to help manage difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease.
About 80 percent of Alzheimer's home care is provided by family members. The Alzheimer's CARE program, based on input from renowned aging and dementia experts, offers them a much-needed resource for coping with challenges presented by the disease while maintaining their loved one's dignity and helping them live more fulfilling lives.
"As the Baby Boomer population continues to age, it is essential for current and future caregivers to be educated and prepared on how to manage behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease," said Jeff Huber, president and chief operating officer of Home Instead Inc. "We hope that by reaching such a wide audience, more family caregivers will be equipped with the proper knowledge and tools to face the everyday challenges of the disease."
To take free online training courses, visit www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.