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Dementia caregiving course offered in Pojoaque set to start Feb. 6

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By The Staff

 MONITOR STAFF REPORT

 Families facing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education course in Pojoaque, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

“Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (The Savvy Caregiver Program) is a free seven-session program designed for family and friends caring for a loved one with dementia, and presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.

The course will be held once a week, Tuesdays, from Feb. 6 through March 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  

The course is being hosted at the Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe Church Parish Hall, 9 Grazing Elk Drive, Pojoaque. The instructors are Gary and Paula Sánchez.

To register or for more information contact 1-800-272-3900 or kmgandara@alz.org.

This evidence-based training is focused on teaching caregivers practical techniques for interacting with loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and for understanding and managing their behavior. 

The course also provides tools for long-term planning and for reducing stresses common to dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers. The course explains the signs, impacts and pathology of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Class size is limited and they do fill up quickly. Call now to register. Participants of “Skills for Dementia Caregiving 101” (the Savvy Caregiver Program) may be reimbursed for the cost of having others tend to their loved one while they attend the classes.

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter offers many free services and resources to caregivers and families facing the disease: support groups, care consultations, respite, educational presentations, safety programs, information and referral and more. 

We have five branch offices in the state: Albuquerque (main office), Santa Fe (northeastern New Mexico), Farmington (northwestern New Mexico), Roswell (southeastern New Mexico) and Las Cruces (southwestern New Mexico). All offices may be contacted by calling 1-800-272-3900. 

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