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Alzheimer's Caregivers Invited to Attend Free Training

September 6, 2017

Those who provide care to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patients at home are invited to attend The Savvy Caregiver program, a free, six-week course. Beginning Oct. 2, classes will meet from 1 to 3 pm on Mondays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 533 S. Walnut St., Springfield.

Participants must pre-register to attend; walk-ins will not be accepted. To learn more or to register, contact Greg Kyrouac, 217-545-7199 or gkyrouac@siumed.edu.

The Savvy Caregiver classes are designed to increase caregivers’ knowledge and confidence in their role by providing:

  • A better understanding of the disease
  • Skills to assess the abilities of the person with dementia
  • Strategies to manage the day-to-day care of the person with dementia, including personal care
  • Skills to take better of themselves
  • Tips on how to build a positive partnership with health care professionals

The classes are offered free of charge through an Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Service Program grant from the Administration for Community Living through the Illinois Department on Aging.