DEMENTIA AND THE HEALTH OF THE CAREGIVER
This is an online workshop focused on coaching clients through the role of being a caregiver to a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Providing care to a family member who suffers with dementia is an act of love and caring, but it can be very demanding and often takes a toll on the caregiver. The inevitable progression of the disease and managing the stages of the disease imposes stressors that are predictable and manageable. This workshop helps coaches prepare their clients to understand the stages of the disease, to anticipate them and to help preserve and maximize their own health and quality of life.
Six weekly one-hour sessions
Help coaches understand the stages of dementia and outline the treatment challenges a family caregiver will face in caring for a loved one over time.
Provide strategies for caregivers to cope with or even lessen the stress that caregivers will face.
Help caregivers understand that ensuring their own health and wellness helps the loved one in need of care.
Develop a strategy for stress management using relaxation techniques
What is the incidence of dementia?
An estimated 5.7 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2018. One in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia. As the population of Americans age 65 and older is projected to grow from 53 million in 2018 to 88 million by 2050, the incidence of dementia can be expected to grow dramatically, particularly because the incidence of dementia increases with advancing age and more adults are living longer than ever before.
What are the impacts on caregivers who care for loved ones?
According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), caring for a spouse with dementia at the end of life is more likely to take a lasting toll on the caregiver’s personal health, mental health and cognitive functioning than caring for someone with another condition.
What are the benefits and risks of family caregiving?
Most family caregivers for those with and without dementia recognize the positive aspects of caregiving – feeling emotionally connected to the care recipient and being assured that the care recipient is receiving good care – but dementia caregivers are 3x more likely to report substantial negative consequences compared to care givers of other conditions. (PRB)
How can H&W coaches improve the lot for clients who are acting as caregivers for dementia family members?
By helping your clients understand and anticipate the needs of the care recipient and the stresses of the caregiver, and to develop strategies for your caregiver clients, you can help those clients improve their quality of life and health during the stressful time in their lives.
DEMENTIA AND THE HEALTH OF THE CAREGIVERby Jenelle Savage
Dates: September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 11
- Time: 10-11 MST
- CEUs: 5
Session One: Understanding dementia and the stresses on care givers and care recipients.
Session Two: The stages of dementia and how stress increases with the advancement of the disease.
Session Three: Linking style of care to better outcomes for the recipient and the caregiver.
Session Four: Diet, lifestyle and other adjustments for caregivers to minimize the effects of the inevitable stress of caregiving and improve care.
Session Five: An introduction to stress relief strategies that caregivers of any age can utilize to reduce the harmful effects of stress, including diet, sleep habits, meditation, walking therapies, and others.
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HOW DO I FOLLOW UP?
Once your sign up for the course you will receive an email with how to log on for the course.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE?
Enthusiasm, open mind, notebook and pencil!
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