About Dementia Series offered May 2

OSU Extension Office, Oregon Geriatric Education Center and Providence Home Services, Mid-Columbia Senior Center and Hood River Valley Adult Center present “About Dementia Series” on May 2. The series begins at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, 1112 W. Ninth, The Dalles, from 10 a.m. to noon, and moves to the Hood River Valley Adult Center, 2010 Sterling Drive, from 2-4 p.m.

The workshops will be presented by Vicki Schmall, Extension Gerontology Specialist Emeritus, Oregon State University.

The first in the series, “The Challenging Behaviors of Dementia,” will cover the management of behavior in persons with Alzheimer’s diseases or a related dementia and will provide an understanding of how brain changes resulting from a dementia affect a person’s perceptions and behavior, why challenging behaviors occur, what to do to minimize such behaviors and intervene when the behaviors do occur; and the adaptions caregivers must make as dementia progresses.

The second, “Packing Your ‘Caregiving Basket’ for Self-Care,” addresses the challenges family caregivers face is taking care of themselves while providing care to another person. It’s important for caregivers to thrive while caregiving, not just survive, but the reality is that some caregivers do not even survive — they become a “second victim” of their family member’s medical condition. The presenter will show how to pack a “caregiver basket” full of the “ingredients” needed to reduce stress, increase self-care, and maintain personal well-being while providing care and support to a family member.

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