Class for family members of dementia patients to be offered

May 12, 2017

Camden — Quarry Hill and Spectrum Generations are teaming up to present The Savvy Caregiver, a free program designed for family members of those with dementia (memory loss). The series will be held six consecutive Mondays — June 12 through July 17 — from 1 to 3 p.m. at Quarry Hill in Camden; participants are strongly encouraged to attend all six classes.

The Savvy Caregiver offers an opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and perspective essential for successful caregiving, according to facilitator Mary Nicholas, a family caregiver specialist at Spectrum Generations in Augusta.

Nicholas said the curriculum also helps participants see the importance of caregivers' taking care of themselves and provides tips on asking for help and maintaining their own physical and emotional health. Participants often find “an element of support,” she said, simply by attending classes and interacting with others facing issues similar to their own.

An evidence-based program developed by Ken Hepburn, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota and offered nationwide, The Savvy Caregiver is specifically geared toward individuals caring for loved ones who do not reside in an assisted living or similar community. It is not designed for nurses and other caregiving professionals.

Registration is required. For further information, or to register, call Mary Nicholas at 660-9268 or email mnicholas@spectrumgenerations.org.

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