Events for Elders, Family Members, and Professional Caregivers

Grief Support Group
In collaboration with Baystate Hospitce, this safe and informal group is intended for people who have experienced significant loss.
WHEN: Tuesday July 25, 2017 beginning at 10 am
WHERE:
Longmeadow Adult Center. Call (413) 565-4150
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Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters!
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. Join us to learn the “10 Signs” because early detection matters! Presented by trained Alzheimer's Association staff and volunteers.
WHEN: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:30pm
WHERE:
Alzheimer’s Association Office, 264 Cottage St. Springfield MA
Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 to Register or with any questions. Walk-ins also welcome!

Effective Communication Strategies
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 us 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.
WHEN: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 5:30pm
WHERE
: Alzheimer’s Association Office, 264 Cottage St. Springfield MA
Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 to Register or with any questions. Walk-ins also welcome!

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.
WHEN: Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5:30pm
WHERE:
Alzheimer’s Association Office, 264 Cottage St. Springfield MA
Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 to Register or with any questions. Walk-ins also welcome!


More Resources
Click to Download and Print Out PDF: Activities at Home
Medicaid eligibility figures for 2017
Home care programs paid by Medicaid
Planning to avoid antipsychotic medications
Ways to help memory loss patients

Bibliography for Elder Law AttorneysClick to read Elder Law Report ArticleClick to order Learning to Speak Alzheimer's from your local library
Antipsychotics and Dementia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting. March, 2016 Seminar

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My 91 yr old husband with vascular dementia and incontinence has become aggressive (attempts to grab, threats of breaking and biting) when we try to change and clean him.