“So now I am a caregiver. This is a role I hadn’t expected in this season”. We hear this often from family members caring for loved ones living with dementia. They feel unprepared, alone and lack confidence for this new role. Old strategies and approaches no longer seem to work. Caregiving can take its toll on families making them more susceptible to health problems, feelings of isolation, and financial stress. To help address this need, Choices in Senior Care has been offering the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop: a 6-week, 12-hour Workshop series geared toward the family dementia caregiver. This free Workshop helps family caregivers increase knowledge and improve skills. Often, we see a shift in “outlook” as participants experience some “ah-ha” moments while interacting in class with each other and through studying the Workshop materials. The strategies discussed during the Workshop are designed to reduce the effects of caregiving stress and to enable attendees to develop a sense of control or mastery: to become a Savvy Caregiver!
The Workshop is facilitated by Aging Life Care TM Managers from Choices in Senior Care. A unique aspect to this Workshop is the offering of a concurrent Cognitive Stimulation session for the person living with dementia enabling caregivers to attend with their loved ones. The facilitator for this group will give further feedback and ideas for engaging family members living with dementia.
Completion of the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop offers solutions to family dementia caregivers resulting in improved understanding of the disease process, improved self-confidence in caregiving abilities and improved overall quality of life, as well as increased flexibility to make needed changes as the disease progresses. We discuss ways to approach caregiver self-care and how to make use of social support systems and community resources.
We are pleased to announce our next Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop starting September 12, 2017 at the O’Connor Senior Center. Please join us for 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30pm. Boxed dinners will generously be provided by the Knoxville Rotary Club through Mobile Meals. Registration is required and seats are limited. Please contact us today at 865-978-6168 to reserve your seat for the Savvy Caregiver Training Workshop. We look forward to seeing you!