Workshop offered for Alzheimer's, dementia caregivers

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In 2015, nearly 16 million people provided more than 18 billion hours of unpaid care to loved ones living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, according to the Alzheimer's Association.

These numbers will only continue to increase.

The Alzheimer's Association predicts the number of people, ages 65 and older, diagnosed with Alzheimer's could grow from 5.2 million in 2016 to more than 13 million by 2050.

Becoming a caregiver is an overwhelming role, to say the least, but resources exist.

Home Instead Senior Care will offer a Family Education Workshop for caregivers of those living Alzheimer's and other dementias. The workshop, offered once a year, will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. on Jan. 17 at Morningside of Williamsburg.

"For a lot of our families that are going through the process with their loved one having Alzheimer's and dementia, this is going to be just such an amazing resource," said Jay Valree, Home Instead's manager of client services.

Valree said family members will learn how to better communicate and work with their loved one, and "truly understand more the disease, the process and what to expect."

Home Instead's dementia trainer Marjorie Hilkert will cover a range of topics, from general understanding of Alzheimer's and dementia to practical advice on how to identify dangerous situations or handle challenging behavior. Hilkert will also offer technology tips on locating resources.

Valree said the workshop is a resource for caregivers of any stage of dementia.

Materials are included with a $10 registration fee. Space is limited, however, so register at homeinstead.com/448.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

Want to go?

What: Family Education Workshop for caregivers of those living Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Where: Morningside of Williamsburg, 440 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg.

When: 6-8:30 p.m., Jan. 17.

Register: $10, homeinstead.com/448.

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