Home Instead Senior Care Offers Free Training on Alzheimer’s Disease


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With Alzheimer’s disease and dementia diagnoses on the rise, it’s important to grasp an understanding of this cognitive disease. Home Instead Senior Care is offering free educational workshops at local libraries. These workshops will allow family caregivers to have a better understanding of the disease, specifically learning how to handle challenging behaviors and how to encourage engagement.

“This interactive workshop allows family caregivers to share stories and experiences with others,” Ashley McMahon, Community Education Coordinator with Home Instead Senior Care, said. “It’s truly enriching to know that you’re not in this alone and that there is help out there. It’s also a great way to allow family caregivers to learn techniques on how to manage their own stress levels.”

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning and intellectual reasoning due to changes in the brain caused by disease. Those with dementia tend to repeat questions, become disoriented in familiar places, neglect personal hygiene or nutrition, or get confused about people or time. It can be caused by many things, some of which are reversible – such as vitamin deficiencies and poor nutrition, to reactions to medications or problems with the thyroid. However, some forms of dementia are irreversible, such as that caused by mini strokes or Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease occurs when the nerve cells deteriorate in the brain due to a buildup of plaques and tangles, which actually results in the death of a large number of brain cells. Doctors are not sure why this occurs, but research is underway to determine causes and cures. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans are presently living with Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to remember that Alzheimer’s is a medical condition and disease of the brain. If the brain affects thoughts, feelings, personality, and behavior, then Alzheimer’s is going to affect how your loved one thinks, what he feels, who he is, and what he does. The range of symptoms can be enormous. Also, people with Alzheimer’s don’t necessarily “look” sick. Although Alzheimer’s disease is a physical illness, it often doesn’t affect a person’s appearance until the later stages of the disease. This might be confusing to you because your loved one may seem as healthy as ever, but just acting differently.

The list of free workshops on Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias is below:

  • Thursday, April 16 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Rossford Public Library (720 Dixie Hwy, Rossford, OH 43460)
  • Monday, April 20 from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Sylvania Branch Library (6749 Monroe St, Sylvania, OH 43560)
  • Tuesday, April 21 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Maumee Branch Library (501 River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537)
  • Thursday, May 28 from 6 – 7 p.m. at the Rossford Public Library (720 Dixie Hwy, Rossford, OH 43460)

Contact Ashley McMahon at 419-472-8181 or amcmahon@homeinstead.com for more information.​

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