Caregiver Educational Workshops
Class Offerings & Descriptions
LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE EARLY STAGE
Alzheimer’s Association—Greater Maryland Chapter
January 12 & January 19, 2023; 1:00 pm
MUSIC AND MEMORIES
Mary Chaput, MA, CDP and Mary Ann West, Conductor with Sentimental Journey Singers
Research suggests that listening to or singing songs can provide emotional and behavioral benefits for people with dementia. Music can also benefit caregivers by reducing anxiety and distress and providing a way to connect with loved ones who have dementia. Join us to learn more about the benefits of music and how the Sentimental Journey Singers program can benefit you and your loved one.
January 17, 2023; 2:00 pm
TELLING YOUR LOVED ONE’S STORY
Joanna Frankel, MSW, LCSW-C
When you are caring for older loved ones, you often have to explain their (and your) story to a variety of health, financial, and legal professionals. You also probably find yourself in the position of fielding questions from family, friends, and neighbors—some who want to help and others who are simply curious.
This interactive program will help you: 1. Protect your loved ones’ privacy and dignity when sharing their story 2. Determine what professionals need to know and how to prevent having to repeat details 3. Decide how much is appropriate to share with individuals in your personal life Come to this workshop ready to take notes and ask questions so you can more effectively advocate for your loved one by sharing their story more impactfully.
Thursday, February 16, 2023; 6:30 pm
MECHANICS OF CAREGIVING
Ben Ogundipe, PT, DPT
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARE
Chesapeake Life Center
Hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice. While the objective of both hospice and palliative care is pain and symptom relief, the prognosis and goals of care tend to be different. Join us to learn about the key similarities and differences between palliative and hospice care.
Jeanne Finnegan, CDP
Sensory stimulation helps people with dementia by triggering positive emotions and memories in those who have lost their ability to connect with the world around them. Using sensory stimulation to arouse one or more of the five senses can help them feel safe and relaxed and may improve their mood, self-esteem, and sense of well-being.
CRUISE THROUGH CAREGIVING: HOW TO REDUCE THE STRESS OF CARING FOR A LOVED ONE
Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
On a scale of 0-100 is your stress level 150? Caregiving for a loved one who has acute or chronic illness is no vacation…but you can choose to cruise more smoothly through the process. This presentation will help family caregivers identify some of the major stressors involved in caregiving. Attendees will leave this presentation with strategies on how to minimize, manage, and prevent the stress of caregiving following the CRUISE methods based on the book Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One.