Thursday, July 8, Noon. Alzheimer’s Series: Dementia Conversations: When someone is showing signs of dementia, it is time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program provides tips for breaking the ice with your family so you can address some of the most common issues that are difficult to discuss: going to the doctor for a diagnosis or medical treatment, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans for future care. Register at this link.
Thursday, August 12, Noon. Alzheimer’s Series: Effective Communication Strategies: Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. The Effective Communication Strategies program of the Alzheimer’s Association was designed to provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decode verbal and behavioral messages from people with dementia.Register at this link.
Thursday, September 9, Noon. Alzheimer’s Series: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. Register at this link.
Emergency Preparedness: Join FEMA Region 10 (that’s us!) for a two-part webinar series aimed at helping older adults prepare themselves for an emergency/disaster. The first webinar is preparedness at home, while the second focuses on strengthening your social network. Both webinars include a presentation followed by a panel discussion.
Griefshare: GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly at the Sandpoint Assembly of God every Sunday at 2pm. Contact Jeri Alarcon at 208-946-3684 or Marty Horst at 443-846-1007 for more information.
Support Groups: Support Groups for Families, Caregivers and Friends of those with Dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory challenges meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 1 – 2:30 pm at the Tango Café Meeting Room (in the back part of the meeting room with the divider) of the Columbia Bank Building located at 414 Church St.