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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
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Scarborough: Family caregivers and members of the general public are invited to participate in free bi-monthly classes offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Comfort Keepers, local provider of in-home care for seniors, sponsors the training. Owner Peter Violette, LCSW, stated, Our caregivers have greatly benefited from ongoing training about Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. It is our pleasure to open the classes to families and other caregivers, so that they too can learn more about this challenging illness that affects so many of our family members, friends and neighbors. It seemed like a logical next step.”

Kathryn Pears, MPPM, Director of Public Policy and Community Affairs at the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, adds, "The key to being able to keep a loved one with dementia at home for as long as possible is to gain knowledge and skills about the disease, its progression and how to deal with the behavioral challenges that occur when communication becomes compromised. The better educated the caregiver, the less stress they experience and this translates into a better quality of life for the person
with dementia as well as for the caregiver.  The techniques are simple to learn, and make such a huge difference for everyone involved."

The next class is Tuesday, June 7 from 12:15-2:15 at the meeting room, the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road. Call the Comfort Keepers office at 885-9600 for questions regarding classes. Comfort Keepers provides in-home care for seniors in Cumberland and Northern York Counties.

For information about all dementias, contact The Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter at 772-0115.

 

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