Caregiver Education and Support

Dementia Dialogues

Training and support for dementia caregivers
Looking for practical tips to help care for a family member or patient who has dementia? These 90-minute sessions help you understand dementia and its progress, help you communicate better, and assist you in solving problems like wandering, sleep problems, eating problems and aggression.

Sept. 25: The Basic Facts: An introduction to Dementia
Oct. 9: Keeping the Dialogue Going: Strategies for Effective Communication
Oct. 23: Understanding the Impact of the Environment & Ways to Promote Independence
Nov. 6: It’s Nothing Personal: Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Nov. 20: Now What Do We Do? Creative Problem Solving

Classes occur every other Wednesday from 2-3:30 p.m. at Oconee Memorial Hospital (298 Memorial Dr., Seneca) in conference room 1. Family caregivers, friends of persons living with dementia, professional caregivers and anyone interested in learning more about dementia are invited. Continuing education credits available for nurses, therapists and social workers. RSVP requested but not required (885-7857). Participants not required to attend all five sessions (choose one or all).

Caregivers who need care for a loved one while they attend can call the Alzheimer’s Association (1-800-272-3900) at least two weeks in advance to request a free caregiver in the home.

For more information about other classes and support groups for caregivers or to schedule a personal consultation about caregiving issues, contact Eunice Lehmacher, LISW-CP, at the Caregiver Connection: Eunice.Lehmacher@PrismaHealth.org or 864-885-7857.

Go with the Flow … Improv Training

For caregivers of those with dementia
Thursday, Feb. 5, 1-3:30 p.m. Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital (298 Memorial Dr., Seneca, Conference Room 1)

Improv training will help you really listen to your loved one and let that person feel more in control. Learn new ways to cope when your loved one says something that makes no sense or resists needed care and support. The workshop is led by Harrison Brookie of Greenville’s Alchemy Theater Company. Come learn ways to say “yes, and” instead of “no” as you face the ever-more confusing relationship with a loved one experiencing memory loss.

Family caregivers, health care professionals and anyone who knows someone with memory loss will benefit from this training, which includes discussions and group practice. Come share some of your frustrations in caregiving while learning novel (and fun!) solutions. Caregivers who attended improv training in the past report feeling more hopeful about their relationship and better able to understand dementia.

Register by contacting Eunice.Lehmacher@PrismaHealth.org or 864- 885-7857. Also contact Eunice to learn more about programs related to dementia and caregiving.

The Positive Approach to Care series starts in 2020. Click here for dates and topics.