There is nothing easy about taking care of a family member or friend with dementia. It can be physically demanding, emotionally exhausting and guilt-inducing.
For one day next month, these caregivers can get a free break, courtesy of
Namasté Alzheimer Center, 2 Penrose Blvd.
From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, those with dementia will receive free care at Namaste while caregivers meet next door at the El Pomar Foundation’s Penrose House to discuss what they go through, learn more about resources — and get a chair massage.
Chaplain Marga Callender will lead discussion groups, and a representative from the Area Agency on Aging will speak about Medicaid and the day care program voucher.
The retreat includes lunch for both the caregiver and family member.
Space is limited. Call 776-6300 to register.
And while we’re on the subject of caregiving, Home Instead Senior Care is offering a new multi-media support program called Caring for Your Parents: Education for the Family Caregiver. It’s designed for people who are trying to care for a family member who might be resistant to their help.
The program includes free online resources including educational videos, workbooks and a stress meter. All are available at http://www.caregiverstress.com.