Help for Those Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

The Fairview Park Senior Center will be hosting two programs to help families and professional caregivers who provide care to those with dementia-related diseases. Both programs will take place at the Fairview Park Senior Center at 20769 Lorain Road.

The first program will be presented by Dr. Charles Farrell on Wednesday, July 8th from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., "Lunch & Learn for Caring Partners and Their Loved One."  Dr. Farrell is a local retired vascular surgeon, who, along with his family, created the Foundation for Brain Health. The Foundation is dedicated to helping families find ways to help their loved one with dementia, and themselves, live more fully. According to Dr. Farrell, it is often assumed that people with dementia cannot participate in life anymore, which is not true. He feels when we create activities that are accessible to them, they thrive and find joy, proving that people with dementia can create, imagine and have fun.

Dr. Farrell was the primary caretaker for his wife, Carol. He and his family learned firsthand what helped his wife and family live fully while caring for her at home. He would like to share this information with you. As a care partner, you need ways to help your loved one, and yourself, continue living happy, productive and fulfilling lives together as long as possible. Please come to this presentation as a couple to experience this learn-together event. You are also welcome to come alone if your loved one is not able to attend. To register, please call Peggy from Home Instead Senior Care, who is sponsoring this program at 216-386-9782. Deadline for registration is Monday, July 6th. Attendance will be limited to 20 couples. Lunch will be served as part of this program. There is no charge for this event.

The second program being offered at the Fairview Park Senior Center is "Dementia Care Training" hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association on Wednesday, July 15th 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. This presentation will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The program aims to teach effective communication techniques and give ideas on how to engage those with cognitive issues and will also provide strategies for managing challenging behavior. Please plan to bring a brown bag lunch. Four social work CEUs are available. This program is offered at no charge. Registration is required, call 1-800-272-3900. 

Mayor Eileen Ann Patton and The Fairview Park Senior Center are proud to offer these educational programs to our community. Please visit our website for additional offerings at the Senior Center: http://www.fairviewpark.org, check under Departments for Senior Life. 

Regina Sillasen is Director of the Senior Life Office for the City of Fairview Park.

Regina Sillasen

Director of the Senior Life Office for the City of Fairview Park

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 3:31 PM, 06.29.2015