Learn About Alzheimer’s: Fall/Winter 2014-15 Workshops in Central Massachusetts

If someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, remember: You are not alone. Here are some excellent Central Massachusetts programs that you may find helpful this fall, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter.

All programs are presented by trained Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers. Workshops are free and open to the public. Group size may be limited.

Details, below, are from the Chapter Calendar of Events. For more information or to register for these and other Chapter programs throughout the region, please call 617-868-6718.

Know the Ten Signs: Early Detection Matters

Friday, September 19 — 10:00-11:30 a.m.
First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road, Sutton

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 —10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Templeton Senior Center, 16 Senior Drive, Baldwinville

As we age, there can be changes to our memory. Yet, memory loss or behavior changes severe enough to disrupt daily life are not a typical part of aging. Knowing the 10 Warning Signs can help determine if it’s important to speak to your doctor and get a diagnosis for yourself or someone you care about.

This session is also presented in Spanish:

Tuesday, September 16 — 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Southbridge Senior Center, 153 Chestnut Street, Southbridge

Wednesday, September 24 — 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Centro Las Americas, 11 Sycamore Street, Worcester

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, October 7 — 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Bellingham Senior Center, 40 Blackstone Street, Bellingham

Wednesday, October 22 — 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Fitchburg Senior Center, 14 Wallace Avenue, Fitchburg

Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. This program provides information about the disease and related dementias, the benefits of early detection, causes and risk factors, treatment, and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Conversations About Dementia: Tips to Help with Family Conversations

Friday, October 17 —11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. N., Ambulatory Care Center, Rm AC-036, Worcester

This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations about some of the most difficult topics when you are caring for someone with memory problems: the importance of going to the doctor for a diagnosis or follow-up, concerns about driving and making legal and financial plans for the future. You’ll hear from actual family caregivers about these challenging issues via video as well as recommendations for what to do next.

Alzheimer’s Disease Legal and Financial Issues & Answers

Tuesday, September 11 — 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Thursday, January 15 — 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

Many families wait until it’s too late to learn about legal and financial concerns. This presentation by an elder law attorney provides information about wills, durable power of attorney, protection of assets, and what Medicare and Medicaid do and do not cover.

While this program is not intended to substitute for a personal appointment with an elder law attorney, you will have the opportunity to hear about typical issues and problems that can be avoided or reduced by adequate planning.

Coping with Early Memory Loss

Tuesday, November 4 — 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

This workshop will help you fill in the gaps since your diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Frontal-Temporal Dementia or other related disorders. Medical and non-medical treatments will be discussed, and resources available to help will be explored.

North Worcester County Alzheimer’s Partnership: Is Brain Drain Inevitable in Later Life?

Wednesday, November 12 — 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Heywood Hospital, 242 Green Street, Gardner

Presented by Dr. Paul Raia, Vice President of Clinical Services, Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, Middle-Stage

Wednesdays, December 3, 10 and 17 — 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

In the middle stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us for this 3-part series and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s.

Living with Alzheimer’s: For Caregivers, Late-Stage

Wednesday, January 28 — 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association, 128 Providence Street, Worcester

In the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease, caregiving typically involves new ways of connecting and interacting with the person with the disease. Join us to hear from caregivers and professionals about resources, monitoring care and providing meaningful connection for the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s and their families.

President of Deborah Fins Associates, PC, since 1995, Deborah Liss Fins is a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified geriatric care manager. Drawing on more than 30 years of professional experience in geriatric care management, DFA offers comprehensive assessments and planning, guidance in selecting appropriate care, help identifying resources for financial support and professional consulting. Please contact us to set up a complimentary initial telephone consultation.

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