The Alzheimer’s Association’s local chapter has announced several free programs designed for family caregivers of people in any stage of dementia or individuals who are in the early stages of memory loss and their care partners.
The Desert Southwest Chapter has shared this valuable information with me and I would like to pass it along to those in the State of Arizona. However, for anyone throughout the United States, The Alzheimer’s Association is a fantastic resource for support and information. For more information on any of these programs, please call (602) 528-0545.
Connections Plus: This program is intended to empower people with early dementia through social connections with each other. Connections refers to individual matches between a person with early stage memory loss with another person who is also in the early stage, to facilitate one-to-one informal social interactions and support. Plus refers to scheduled group social outings in the community for participants in the program and their care partners.
Early Stage Partners In Care – EPIC: This program is intended to assist people with early stage memory loss and their care partners by providing free early stage related education and training workshops designed to reduce stress. The EPIC program is a series of seven workshops (one a week for seven weeks) for people in the early stages of dementia or memory loss and their care partner. Participants will learn about early stage memory loss and its impact; how to mange concerns, stress, and distress; how to prepare for changes because of memory loss; and how to stay engaged and plan for the future. This program is researched based out of ASU. Theis program is intended for people in the very early stages of dementia and their care partners.
Care Partners Reaching Out – CarePRO: This program comprises of workshops and support calls to teach family caregivers the skills to handle the stress and frustration related to caregiving. Five workshops are held over ten weeks (one every other week). Respite and transportation assistance may be available to assist caregivers attend the workshops. This program is for caregivers without the person they are caring for. To be eligible, caregivers must provide at least four hours of supervision or direct assistance per day for a family member with dementia or memory problems. Please not that the workshops are intended for family caregivers, not caregiving professionals. Caregivers will learn about dementia and its impact; how to manage frustration, irritation, and stress; how to communicate with their loved one; and how caregivers can take better care of their own health. This program is researched based out of ASU.
Please call Mindy at (602) 528-0545, extension 210 for more information or to start the enrollment process!