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Education for the Caregiver

The Alzheimer Society of Perth County has been a leader in dementia education in Perth County since 1988. The Society educates caregivers through the First Link® Learning Series and by providing additional educational materials as required.

The Society has many great resources to help caregivers with the issues they face in their caregiving role. Resources available are listed below.

The Society offers the First Link® Learning Series for people who are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

First Link® Learning Series

The First Link® Learning Series is made up of five distinct courses that are progressive in nature. Each course builds upon the other to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of dementia, coping strategies, resources and support systems. These courses are facilitated by staff of the Alzheimer Society of Perth County and feature various community partners as guest speakers.

For more information about the First Link® Learning Series or to register for an upcoming workshop, please contact the Education Coordinator or call 519-271-1910 ext. 25 or toll-free at 1-888-797-1882.

The five courses that make up the learning series are:

  • First Steps for persons with dementia and their family
  • Next Steps for families and friends
  • Care essentials
  • Options for care
  • Care in the later stages

Next Steps for Families and Friends

This 8-hour series will offer family members and friends caring for persons with dementia an overview of dementia. Topics covered in this course include:

  • What is dementia?
  • Memory loss and changes to the brain
  • Coping strategies
  • Drugs and treatments
  • Future planning
  • Community resources

Care Essentials

This 8-hour series will offer family members and friends caring for persons with dementia problem solving strategies, approaches for communication and available avenues for support, all of which can strengthen their ability to provide care. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Progression of dementia
  • Understanding behavior
  • Day-to-day care
  • Community resources

Options for Care

This 6-hour series is to help family members and friends caring for people with dementia evaluate their current care giving needs and explore other possible care options, including long-term care. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Where to turn when care needs are increasing
  • Long-Term Care – how the system works
  • Coping with change – how to make the transition

Care in the Later Stages

This 6-hour series is to help family members and friends of persons with dementia understand what to expect in the later stages of the disease. The series will explore how participants can provide comfort to the person as well as review the experiences of grief and loss. Topics covered in this course include:

  • Natural course of the later stages
  • How to recognize pain and distress
  • How to provide care that promotes dignity, comfort and quality of life

Last Updated: 03/26/14
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