Clarendon Hills, IL, March 11, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Taking care of a loved one with memory loss is not easy. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that in 2014, close to 60 percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers described their stress level as high or very high and about 40 percent dealt with depression.
To provide information and support to these caregivers, The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills, Ill. is hosting a dementia educational series, which will take place one Wednesday per month from March until May. Each presentation in the series will run from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at The Birches Assisted Living, 215 55th St. Clarendon Hills.
The series will kick off on March 16 with a presentation from Dan Kuhn, vice president of education at All-Trust Home Care and author of the book “Alzheimer’s Early Stages.” Kuhn’s presentation, titled “What if it’s not Alzheimer’s Disease?,” will provide caregivers with a better understanding of less common types of dementia, such as vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal degeneration, Parkinson’s dementia and other rare conditions of the brain that result in memory loss.
On April 20, Occupational Therapist and Dementia Specialist Caroline Copeland will deliver the second presentation in the series titled “Safety in the Home.” In her presentation, Copeland will share her expertise on creating a safe home environment for those living with dementia and will give caregivers specific tips on how to do so.
Susan Frick, educator and social worker for Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will deliver the last presentation in The Birches’ spring dementia educational series on May 11. Frick’s presentation, titled “Effective Communication Strategies,” will help caregivers understand how communication changes as dementia progresses and will teach them the best verbal and nonverbal communication strategies for communicating with their loved ones.
Presentations in The Birches’ Dementia Educational Series are free and open to the public. Registration is required. To register, contact Katie Schaff Fagan at 630-581-7350 or email@example.com.
The Birches Assisted Living in Clarendon Hills offers professional services to support the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual growth of the older adults who make it their home. The Birches offers purposeful programming and activities designed to promote a healthy aging lifestyle and a strong sense of community. For more information about The Birches, call 630-789-1135 or visit: birches.net.