Programs offered for Alzheimer’s caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter is hosting in-person programs in November that will teach caregivers and care partners new ways to communicate with their loved ones throughout each stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

The program, Effective Communication Strategies, is being offered free to the community at the following times and locations:

• 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Mercy Health – Franklin Avenue Internal Medicine, located at 2213 Franklin Ave. in Toledo

• 5-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at The Lakes of Monclova, located at 6935 Monclova Rd. in Maumee

Pre-registration is required. To register for one of these programs, call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.

“When your loved one is no longer able to communicate their needs or thoughts to you in the same ways they always have, it can feel disorienting and hurtful,” said Pam Myers, program director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter. “These programs are a great way to learn about how communication changes during the Alzheimer’s journey.”

Communication is more than just talking and listening — it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join one of these programs to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

“As your loved one progresses through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease, their communication patterns will continue to change, bit by bit,” Myers said. “Please join us at the program nearest you to learn about how you can continue to connect with your loved one through each stage.”

There were 421,000 caregivers caring for 220,000 Ohioans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2021, according to the Alzheimer’s Association “2022 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” The number of adults living with Alzheimer’s in Ohio is expected to increase to 225,000 by 2025.

Those who are concerned about themselves or a loved one can contact the Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999 to schedule a care consultation and be connected with local resources that can help.