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Mar212011

Class to Offer Help for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients 

A free class to help individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias will be offered next month at First Presbyterian Church of Anderson. “Dementia Dialogues” is a five-week course taught by Jan Merling of the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. It is open to the public. The first session will be held Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 302 West Whitner Street. The class will continue each Wednesday night for five sessions, concluding May 11.

“This class is designed to help spouses, family members, caregivers, concerned church members, church professionals---anyone who is facing the tough and consuming job of caring for a loved one with dementia,” said Dennis Tedder, senior pastor of First Presbyterian. “We are honored to host this class as a way to serve those folks in our community who are seeking more information as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of being a caregiver for someone with dementia.”

Class sessions will include basic information on dementia, communication skills, environment and safety tips, addressing challenging behaviors, and creative problem solving. Participants who complete all five sessions will receive certification as a “Dementia Specialist.”

Advanced registration is required due to limited seating space. Detailed brochures are available at the church. Please call the church office at 864-225-2551 by Wednesday, April 6 if you would like to attend this class.

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