Senior Services offers dementia caregivers' workshops

Caregiver workshops offered at FSS to better understand and manage diagnosis of dementia

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia can be overwhelming. To better address the diverse needs of caregivers, Fayette Senior Services (FSS) and Piedmont Fayette Hospital will co-host two highly informative workshops offered by Sixty Plus Older Adult Services of Piedmont Hospital (Atlanta). Both workshops feature geriatric care professionals from Piedmont Hospital’s Sixty Plus Older Adult Services program, which provides educational and supportive programs designed to enhance the well being of older adults and their families.

• Diagnosis of Dementia: Now What? - Thursday, Jan. 27 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This workshop includes practical information about understanding dementia, emotional issues, legal/financial concerns, community resources, and using the healthcare system. Featured speakers include Dr. Al Martinez of the Neuropsychology Center of Peachtree City and Mary Lynn Kirby and Victoria Farrell of the Fayette Law Group.

• Managing Dementia Behaviors & Symptoms - Tuesday, Feb. 22 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The session will cover communication techniques, reducing agitation, and the role of medication in managing difficult dementia behaviors.

The workshops will be held at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville (across from the Fayette County Justice Center). The fee for each session is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and educational materials. To register please call 770-461-0813 – cash, check or Visa/MasterCard/Discover accepted. Advance registration is required.

Individuals who need Adult Day Services for their loved one in order to attend or would like more information about the workshop(s) should contact Marie Doyle, FSS Care Manager Supervisor at 770-461-0813 Ext. 104.

The workshops are specifically designed for families and friends and are not appropriate for individuals employed in the home care, assisted living or nursing home professions.