When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services. The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting an educational series called, “Living With Alzheimer’s for Middle Stage Caregivers.” The program will be held on consecutive Tuesdays January 15th, 22nd and 29th  from 2-4 PM in the upper level conference room at the Cedar Falls Public Library located at 524 Main Street in Cedar Falls.
This educational program provides answers to the questions that arise in the middle stages of the disease. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way. “Living With Alzheimer’s for Caregivers” will cover information for caregivers of people who are in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Topics will include:
Developing a care team
Legal and financial planning
Coping strategies
Care and treatment options
Communicating and connecting
Maximizing independence
Caregivers of individuals in the middle stages of Alzheimer’s face different struggles each and every day. “Feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and defeat are often associated with the stressors of trying to be a primary caregiver,” said Shar Jones, Manager of Programs and Advocacy for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“However, an individual caregiver is not alone in his or her journey.  This program provides education on how to deal with this stress, techniques for daily caregiving activities, and connections to community supports and services that can influence successful caregiving.”
The three-part program is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/eci