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Popular caregiver training for family and friends of those with dementia returns in 2018

Are you the caregiver of a loved one living with dementia? The Savvy Caregiver Program is a popular and free six-session training for family and friends who are active caregivers for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

The planning for the 2018 season of workshops has begun, and waiting lists are filling up for the local workshops. To request a workshop in your area or to be added to a waiting list, leave your contact information at 413-773-5555 x1190 or 978-544-2259 x1190. You can also learn more and connect with the program online.

Jan 2018 Savvy Caregiver photo WEBTaking 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.

These workshops require preregistration and are not open to professional caregivers.

LifePath offers many support options for caregivers.