- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 13 July 2017
The Savvy Caregiver Program
Are you the caregiver of a loved one living with dementia? The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free, six-session training for family and friends who are active caregivers for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Sign up for the first series to be offered at LifePath in Greenfield, Mass., on Tuesdays, August 22 to September 26, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m., led by Savvy Caregiver Practitioners Chris Chagnon and Diana Balmonte.
Register online or leave your contact information at 413-773-5555 x1190 or 978-544-2259 x1190. Space is limited. No walk-ins and no professional caregivers please. Registration ends August 18.
Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need special skills, knowledge, and a positive attitude that helps them to care for themselves.
Savvy Caregiver will help you:
- Understand the impact of dementia on both you and the person in your care
- Learn the skills you need to manage daily life
- Take control and set goals
- Communicate more effectively
- Strengthen family resources
- Feel better about your caregiving
- Take care of you!
Karen recently completed The Savvy Caregiver Program course. “I came into Savvy not knowing anything about dementia,” says Karen, whose mother has dementia. “When I finished the course, I felt pretty confident that I had a very good understanding of what was going on, and I feel like I am a lot more helpful to my mother now. I’m a lot more empathetic toward my mother. I’m a lot more patient with her.”
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Administration for Community Living in collaboration with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, along with the Healthy Living Center of Excellence.
LifePath offers many support options for caregivers. To learn more, contact us.